Just popped in to this new Sunset Harbor sushi spot on Friday night for a drink as we'd eaten already and found it to be cozy with a good neighborhood vibe. I have to say I was excited to try the place simply thinking, because of the name, Shiso, they'd have some interesting menu items that included this delicious leaf. I've enjoyed Shiso leaves in the past in Japanese restaurants when they've come as a functional garnish, by wrapping them around a roll or piece of sashimi. They have a delicious, fragrant, herbal flavour and a fuzzy texture. I believe their inclusion on dishes with raw fish are similar to that of pickled ginger in that they can sterilize bacteria the raw fish may have. Anyway, the rest of our group, who were eating, ordered mainly rolls which looked good and most came accompanied by a creamy dip but no shiso leaves. So, I ordered the only menu item that included the leaf, Tempura Shiso Leaves. They were a dissappointment. The cooking process eliminated all of the lovely flavour and texture unfortunately. I tried to order just a couple of raw leaves for the table to sample but the restaurant wanted to charge the same price as the tempura for just a couple of raw leaves so we declined. A small dissappointment. The miso soup, seaweed salad and various rolls were good according to the table.
Regarding beverages, Shiso has Sake cocktails, beer and wine only. The beers interested me especially as their selection of both bottled and draft seemed well-chosen. We really enjoyed our Delirium (a Belgian pale ale) which you don't find everywhere, for $7 a bottle.