We're looking for dinner one evening and decided to hit up Shiro. It's unassuming from the street and easily missed but I've heard good things about the quality so in we went. First thing we notice was the cramped, small space, but it was filled with cheerfully noisy Japanese people. Perhaps a good sign?
We tried to go across the board on the menu, but ended up with the usual helpings of rolls, cones, tempura, nigiri, salad, karaage and soup. The quality of the fish is there, as was the sushi rice. Tempura had one of the nicest coatings of batter I've seen, while staying crispy far longer than expected. The chicken karaage was nicely seasoned while the salad and miso soup was all the same. What killed the meal was the awful nori used for the rolls and cones. The texture was chewy, chewy, chewy - like gnawing on a piece of cellophane. Shame since otherwise would've been a fine meal. Stick with the nigiri.
Service is pleasant from the waitresses but kitchen speed is slower so hungry fiends be prepared to wait for your food as it gets the royal treatment. The sushi chefs acknowledge and thanks everyone leaving which is great for ambiance.
We enjoyed the staff's company and much of the food, but boy, that seaweed..