outstanding food, very slow service, better everything, very good waitstaff, delicious catfish, overly gingery fish, incredibly friendly staff
Not worth your money here, spend it elsewhere!!!. Everything here is expensive!! One roll of spring roll appetizer cost $16, main dish is more than $30 with very small portion. For the price, food should be better. Ambiance here is just like you are in Dim-Sum place (LOUD with full of FOBs!). Food tastes good, but you feel you can get the same at cheaper restaurants. I ordered champagne but there is no bucket of ice to chill. Only 1 waitress to serve entire restaurant. Spend your $$ somewhere else wisely.
Expensive, Lacking Ambiance, but Good Food..
First of all when you look at their online menu you see no prices. That should be a clue. Most entrees are $28.50. Appetizers are equally expensive. The food however was very interesting and tasty. I had the baby green salad and lamb chops. I asked for rare chops, but got closer to medium rare. The mint and garlic sauce on the chops blended well and was great. The scalloped potatoes on the plate were two scalloped potatoes --- an amazingly small portion. I had Shiro's signature dessert, Sweet Wontons, which was good and an ample portion.
One of the older Latino bus boys, was intrusive and abrupt when attending to the table. The service was very good however, from the waiter.
The ambiance was certainly lacking for a restaurant where the prices are this high. The dining space consists of a large room with very high ceilings, divided by a very plain looking dividing wall about six to seven feet high. The windows have blinds on them.
I don't understand the bad reviews. The ambience is fine. The food is great. Try the crab appetizer. The ravioli with salmon mousse was delicious. The spring roll with lobster was okay. Their bread is fresh baked, perfect to soak up the various sauces. We had three appetizers and a whole catfish. Maybe non-Asians would get turned off by seeing the entire catfish served on a plate, but it was very good.
The desert was like having an out of body experience. Passion fruit cheesecake that was more like light mousse, nothing heavy. Too bad they only serve it a couple of times a month. The wonton skin dessert was great too. The people who skipped dessert really missed a lot.
Damn Good Food. I had recently been to Orris (another restaurant by the same owner/chef) on the other side of town and when I found out that there was something closer to my house I wanted to check that out also. I was most certainly not disappointed. The staff is incredibly friendly and attentive from the moment you walk in the door. It feels almost as if you're going to a friend's house for dinner instead of a restaurant. The menu had quite a few interesting items. I started with the Lobster Spring Roll, had the Venison Chops as my main course and ended with the Apple Tart. I even stole a bit of my friend's salmon. No complaints whatsoever. Tasty and filling. I'll definitely be back.
Truly a Hidden Treasure. I could not disagree any more with the comments below. I have been to Shiro's many times and always found the food to be excellent. I find there is always something interesting on the menu and it changes often enough that there's always something new to try. The quality of the food itself is exceptional, without a doubt some of the best food I've ever had. As for the filet mignon, I don't know what was wrong with the taste buds of the person below, because it is FANTASTIC! It truly is one of South Pasadena's hidden treasures.
go to yamashiro's other restaurant Orris. very disappointed. the interior looks like an office space. the menu is short and uninteresting. the crab salad on julienned cucumbers was too salty & oily. my friend's Atantic salmon tasted of dill and nothing more. my special filet mignon in a shallot reduction was not memorable. the presentation of the food was sloppy and sad. i did see many tables with the much talked about catfish which, taste aside as i've never tried it, looked ridiculously out of proportion next to every other entree. a family style sized serving calls for similar options on the menu. the lady next to us looked quite embarrassed as her husband's entree was 1/10 the size of hers. we, without hestitation, passed on dessert. and, for the price, there are so many better options. Hideo Yamashiro's other restaurant, Orris, is a winner, though. the food is fantastic there. maybe he's left Shiro's kitchen unattended for too long.
Not worth the money. all i can say is "DISAPPOINTMENT". first of all, seating wasn't prompt. menu was limited to say the least. service was very slow. for the price you pay for the dish, this place definitely is not worth it.
Nothing to write home about!. After reading all the stellar reviews about Shiro, my friend and I (both big foodies) decided to try Shiros. The disappointment began with our arrival. We made a dinner reservation for 2 and end up waiting 15 minutes before we were seated (even though we arrived on time and there were a lot of empty tables). Thereafter, we got a very short menu and was informed that several items have "run out" -- including the very items we wanted to order (which was odd considering we were having dinner at 7:30pm). The service was very slow and unattentive. We ordered the signature dish -- the catfish -- thinking that we can't go wrong with the one dish everyone was raving about. It was very disappointing. It was simply -- fried catfish -- that did not taste any different or better than what you would get from a Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant in San Gabriel. We even asked for lemon wedges because the ponzu/cilantro combination didn't enhance the flavor of the crispy but overly gingery fish. Our waiter did not check in throughout the entire meal. Still hopeful that the experience can be saved-- we ordered a staple dessert -- creme brulee -- with hopes that you can't really go wrong with creme brulee. We were disappointed again. Although the vanilla bean creme was tasty, it was served like custard/pudding over cut fruit in a bowl with a tiny sugar crust in the center. I felt compelled to write a review since this was definitely not worth the price tag at the end of the meal.
One-dish wonder--Asian-inspired sizzling catfish is this cafe's calling card..
A modest, sparsely decorated room separated by a partition is filled with inelegant chairs and tables. The catfish, not the ambiance, draws the crowd.
For starters, try the ravioli stuffed with shrimp and served with juicy shiitake mushrooms, or the fresh lobster, scallop and seabass bundled in a crispy springroll jacket. The changing entrée menu, like the selection of appetizers, is short but broad--ranging from seafood to duck, lamb and chicken--but no vegetarian option. The entree of all entrees, which shows up at least once on almost every table, is sizzling catfish. Stuffed with ginger, sprinkled with cilantro and lightly fried, the whole tender fish is served in a ponzu sauce and makes a deliciously complete experience.
Good, but not great.. Everything here is good, but for the price, it should be better. Eat the catfish and the won ton dessert. It tastes great, but you feel you can get the same at cheaper restaurants.
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