outstanding food, very slow service, better everything, very good waitstaff, delicious catfish, overly gingery fish, incredibly friendly staff
Great food and service!. the food is outstanding! from the appetizer to deserts! wine list is good, service is great! the only thing doesn't match is the decoration of the restaurant.
Best Catfish. Best catfish in Los Angeles. Service is always right on. I always recommend Shiro to any family/friend new to Pasadena area.
Hidden Gem in S. Pasadena.
Shiro's is outstanding. I am in the food industry, and a bit of a food snob. My number one criteria for anything I eat is the quality of the ingredients. Shiro's never disappoints. Their meals not only satisfy but impress. Sure the catfish is delicious but
the filet mignon is "to die for". The appetizers are quite tasty. Order sveral for the table for everyone to try. The wine list while not expansive has plenty of good quality choices. Other restaurants in L.A. should take a lesson from Shiros. They do it right.
Look beyond the catfish!. Yes, the catfish is awesome, but there are always inpired specials at Shiro, and the spring rolls are terrific. Let first-timers order the catfish while you explore the menu. Then eat some of their catfish.
Not Wrong About the Catfish.
I've been dining at Shiro for the past 4 years and after trying almost everything on their appetizer & main entree menu, the catfish is definitely their signature dish. The other items are also fairly good and shouldn't disappoint, however they do not have as much flair as the catfish. If you're one who enjoys sauces, the scallops and Chilean seabass are drizzled in them. Their appetizers are also some of the best I've ever eaten.
The waitstaff is very good and the hostess is one of the best. Regulars often dine here and are always remembered. The restaurant's discreet location makes it a good place to go for a nice quiet dinner without the hustle and bustle of a bigger restaurant.
Overall excellent food on a select menu, good desserts, and great waitstaff.
Catfish, My Friends. Order the catfish, stuffed with ginger, steeped in Ponzu, fried crisp outside, moist and flaky inside. It's the restaurant's signature dish, as good here as at the best of the Vietnamese fish houses in San Gabriel. And bring friends; there's plenty to go around.
get the catfish!. Shiro is like a band with a #1 song on the billboard charts. The famed (and delicious) catfish has become the mainstay of the kitchen, with what seems like more than half the restaurant ordering this same dish. Despite the obvious care and quality he puts into this dish, I get the feeling other menu items don't rate the same attention. Last two times I've been, I tried other dishes, and they seemed a notch below what I'd expect for the prices. Not bad, by any means, but they didn't impress me the way the catfish did. Excellent waitstaff provided good wine recommendations each time, and service was generally top notch.
Catfish really is good. This place works with a relatively small space but the food more than makes up for it. The heaps of cilantro over the catfish with it's delicious sauce is wonderful. The waitstaff is very accomodating without being in your face.
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