After a great lunch experience a few weeks back, I was excited to revisit Shiro's for dinner but was mildly disappointed. The dinner menu did not offer many options for bento boxes and some of items (donburi's) only seem to be available for lunch only. So we ordered a-la-carte and got a bit of everything. It was a packed house, which isn't bad for a Sunday evening. We were promptly seated and offered real green tea (that's a plus).
Food: Items we had were tempura, buttered squid, several rolls, and spicy agedashi tofu. Taste was generally good, but it lacked a 'wow' factor. I think the rice was too moist and the seaweed wrap was too chewy. Sashimi was very good, wild salmon. Unfortunately, out of the 5 pieces, two were tiny slivers, most likely end of the cut. During my lunch experience, all 5 of my sashimi pieces were uniformly sliced, albeit on the thinner side. Agedashi tofu was stingy (4 squares) and drenched in a semi-spicy watery sauce, which lacked any real flavour. We fared much better with the rolls, but once again not awesome, but not poor. The tobiko were mixed in the rice, which is a nice touch. The kazu roll (the everything roll) was big but lacked any harmonized flavour, perhaps they forgot to add mayo or something?
Service: female servers were nice and efficient. Plenty of tea refills and dishes were cleared in a timely manner. Pacing for food was good and our check came when requested. Solid service, no complaints there.
Value: Pricier than your average sushi place where you're paying at least a 20% premium. Some items held better value, e.g. spicy scallop roll ($4.50), appy salmon sashimi ($5.75); whereas items like the agedashi tofu ($5.25) or kazu roll ($8.75) are better AND cheaper elsewhere. Such a disappointment compared to their lunch menu's where you can get a teishoku set for about $9 and receive 5 pc sashimi, beef teriyaki, rice, tempura, salad, miso soup, and a mystery daily special (chicken karaage that day). Much better value for lunch.
Ambiance: close seating quarters and very tired looking. For a Japanese operated restaurant, I was a bit surprised to see the back rooms and kitchen a bit disorderly (not dirty though). The front of the house seemed clean and the tables and chairs were functional. Meets the casual, mom n'pop restaurant standard.
Overall, I would consider revisiting for lunch but I'll pass for dinner. Too many options offering better for less.