great addition to the neighbourhood. we dine out frequently and love trying new food. we were surprised to find this unique restaurant in menlo park. we've never had singapore food and were happy that they have so many small plate selections. all the dishes were tasty and different with complex flavors. we loved the tofu and indian bread with curry. we had six small plate dishes between the 2 of us and were full! we will definitely go back to try the other dishes on the menu but the next time, we will bring friends so that we can try the crab dishes and order more.
Great New Look. I've been going here for a couple of years and never been disappointed. Earlier this year they "refreshed" the look of the place to make it even more welcoming (especially at night). In other words, this is not a flourescent lighting, red paper lantern asian place. Take recommendations during your first visit and then explore the menu from there. The Chili Crab is fantastic ... just know going in that it's in the shell and you need to work for the pleasure.
authentic taste. I love their chilli crabs. It tastes so authentic with no pretentious efforts to make it a fushion style that we commonly find in Asian restaurants these days. Service and ambience is a bit family style so don't expect too much. Yet, this is the place where I'll go for real food with close friends so I can be messy with my crabs.
A Great Mix ... People and Food. Menlo Park is awfully white. This place isn't. On the Friday night we went by the customers ranged from adventurous blue-haired Menlo-ites to Indian families, young yuppie couples and what appeared to be a party of 20 Taiwanese. Must be cause the food is great and the prices are good. One of the owners was a great host as well.
The Real Singapore Restaurant. Now there are lots of restaurants serving Singapore / Malaysian / Indonesian food. Straits is fine is you want Cal-fusion. But if you are looking for authentic "hawker"-style food this is it. The downside is that the prices are not at the hawker-center level (S$4 for Laksa). And if it's winter, don't sit by the door cause its cold
great value. We ate at this neighbourhood restaurant afew weeks ago and loved it. the menu was interesting with lots of seafood, meat dishes and good mix of spicy and non spicy dishes. We loved the Pepper Crab, Roti Prata and ostrich. the kids loved the char kuay teow. We went back with our vegetarian friends last week and had a great time with the selection of vegetarian dishes. Our favorites were the crispy tofu and mee goreng. Lots of interesting drinks too. Only down side, dessert selection is rather small. great value and friendly service. will be back!
Big Flavors, Medium Prices, Small Family. Shiok! is a great example of Singaporean food. For the most part, we're not talking subtle mingling of gentle tastes but rather big flavors. Roti prata (a crispy-chewy flat bread) with curry dipping sauce is not to miss. One of the prime, gentler dishes is sea bass steamed in a banana leaf envelope for under $15. Just be aware that this is a family business ... both good and bad. Not very professional but lots of heart.
Fun, but don't expect too much.. In trying to condense my experience at Shiok down to 150 words, I'm filled with lots of contradictions. The menu was creative and highly varied, but the food was only decent. The atmosphere was bland and far too bright, but the service was impeccable - the manager made us feel like he took a personal interest in our dinner. The food was unusually spiced and often hot, but the wine list was impoverished and couldn't provide anything to complement our meal. In conclusion, we had a lot of fun at Shiok, but we probably won't go again.
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