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Shiro

3096 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z2V9
Tel: (604) 874-0027
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Very good place, reasonably priced
By genux of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I came to Shiro's after giving up waiting in line in Toshi's. And that was a very good decision on my part. One thing you won't find lacking in Shiro's is atmosphere. The moment you enter you're greeted by a chorus from both the servers and the chefs. The place is small and cozy but with enough room for a good crowd.

The servings are pretty big for the price, which is something I didn't anticipate -- ordering a variety of maki, nigiri sushi, and bento boxes all at once. Even the server was double-checking to make sure I was sure of what I wanted.

After many years and countless Japanese restaurants, I've finally found another place that serves good Katsudon and other donburi. The egg, breaded pork/chicken, and spices are just right -- a good balance between crispy and tasty, not too soggy, not too dry.

I always end up ordering more than what I expect, but that's always a surprise I like from Shiro's.

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Decent sushi
By quittheband of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Decent sushi-centric Japanese restaurant. Japanese staff, both front and back of house.

The atmosphere and decor was a little bit tattered. Not great, but not terrible enough to ruin the meal. There are 2 TVs. I always felt that TVs in a restaurant bring everything down a notch. Keep the TVs in sports bars please.
The bathroom was pretty gross. There's a bucket right in the middle of the room (to collect water from a leak in the ceiling I suppose - although it wasn't leaking when I was in there- weird).
Also, its a pretty small space with a lot of seats crammed in there. Keep in mind that getting a seat at the sushi bar is alot better than getting a table right in front of the door (especially when its busy and people are lining up inside and outside. Peering over your shoulder eyeing your food).

Service was good as it was prompt and attentive. Efficiency is the name of the game here so you're not be schmoozed by the waitstaff - which is a predominantly good thing.

Food was good. Not mindblowing, but decent value for the money.
Tuna sashimi was delicious, melt-in-your-mouth. The salmon sashimi appeared to be wild salmon as it was a deeper red color.

Ordering tempura is a great litmus test to gauge the authenticity of a Japanese restaurant. Alot of 'fake' Japanese restaurants run by Chinese and Korean people make tempura which is really cake-y and/or intensely yellow in color.
I was slightly disappointed with the tempura at Shiro given that it is an authentic Japanese joint. The batter was slightly 'wet' and 'heavy', and yes, this was before I put it in the sauce.
Also, the flavouring of the tempura sauce was off target. It was missing the sweet aftertaste that its supposed to have. It was also not salty enough, and the darkness of the sauce belied its lack of saltiness.

The rice was properly cooked. Another reliable indicator of a good Japanese restaurant.

Overall, a nice decent sushi place. A little tattered, a little crowded.

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Best Sushi in Vancouver
By promken of Main Street (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 13, 2009 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

I have never had a bad experience at Shiro.
It is the only place I have gone with fresh ground wasabi instead of paste.
Oh, the difference even that small change makes!
We went once and had the freshest halibut nigiri. One of my favorite food memories to date.
Get whatever is fresh/in season and enjoy with a big crisp beer.

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what happened?
By nquan of South Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 12:44am [Dine in]

I've been here many times and all times have been good until recently. I'm not sure what happened but the last few times that I have gone, the rice was wet, and seafood was fishy or slimy. I thought they were just having a bad day that one time, so I went back to test it out one last time, and it is the same. The last two times I have gone have resulted in bad stomach aches. I think they need to fix their refrigerator or something. I don't think I'll be going back for a while.

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Good Sushi
By Ozzy23 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

This place was good. Very friendly happy staff.Comfy. the prices are the Same as most places. It's pretty small and very busy but i would go there again Good service. they work very well for how busy it is.When you leave you get a free pocky pack ...japanese cookie with chocolate mmm mm.. good sushi is hard to find enjoy!

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Stop going so we can get in
By pchips of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 5:50am [Dine in]

We have been going for 18 years, we have tried others just to mix it up but few meet the standards and quality that Shiro has managed. Best BC roll, try the chicken isobeage (spelling not sure) best kitchen item. If you want fat salmon, go for the salmon belly. Udon broth is not a mix but freshly made for each bowl. Ask what is special ( not what is on the board but what fish is nicest of the day).

Shiro has survived the Cambie disaster thanks to his many dedicated customers.

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Real Wasabi Found!
By gloriasit of vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 2:19am [Dine in]

Went to dine here after reading many interviews about leaving with a package of pocky, so I gave it a try.
I went with my relatives and 2 of them were vegetarian so we ordered a lot of noodles and vegetarian appetizers.
Service: good service, constant tea refills, kitchen and sushi bar staff were fast and efficient.
Ambiance: Decor is kind of outdated but many customers seem to be regulars, so no change is good.
Food: excellent, cannot be better. I've been trying to search for a place that serves real wasabi for the longest time and I've found it! Not only that, their sushi were nice and fresh, the way it should be. Only one thing I have to complain was their tofu steak, it was rather on the dry side.
Price: for 5 people, the bill came up to about 65 incld tip, but we did have a few vegetarians so we didn't order any sashimi.

They're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and they close at 9:30 on Wed, Thurs, Sun and 10:30 on Fri and Sat. I'll definitely drop by again soon.

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Our neighborhood Sushi choice.
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Living in the Cambie area, there's really only two choices for high quality sushi (Shijo and Toshi's). While both are quite strong, Shiro excels in service, and wait times. Due to the construction, it's been slower as of late, but still consistently busy. The service of the sushi chef and all the waitresses is quite strong.

The Wild Salmon and Fresh Crab in the California rolls is a nice change from the run of the mill restaurants in the area. The price is a step up from those places but still grounded in reality. The shiro roll (a jumbo roll i imagine pieced together with the leftover bits of all the fish on the chef's table) was fantastic... it was huge and hard to each but the flavor was very good. Different from other house rolls, the flavors seem to blend rather than just being a miss match of whatever is lying around.

You won't be upset by this place.

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melts in your mouth
By imac of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

The sushi and sashimi assorted plates were reasonably priced. The meat was fresh and melted in your mouth; the experience was sublime. The quality:price ratio was tops. Service was friendly and prompt. The place was small and clean and full of good cheer. The restaurant was bustling on a Sunday evening; by the time we finished, a queue had formed to outside the door. Across the street, another restaurant sat almost empty. What more can we say!

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Shiro is my hero...
By candysweet of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Good job, Shiro!

A family-owned traditional Japanese restaurant. Small, but cosy. Usually busy. Service is excellent. Although they are a little slow, but they are so apologetic and smiley and sincere and humble that you are reassured right away.

I really enjoy their raw food. Their fish are all imported and are reallllyyyyyyyy fresh. I love their hamachi sashimi, wild salmon sashimi, seabass sashimi, kampachi sashimi. Basically, all their sashimis are really good - fresh, the right size, and well-sliced.

Their cooked food is okay, not as good as their raw food, but still good. They have a lot of stuff on their menu that other Japanese places in Vancouver dont offer. Such as the lotus root tempura, california rolls with real crab meat, fried sushi, tempura batter udon...

Overall, one of my favourite sushi places. Albeit more expensive than your usual ghetto sushi, but definitely reasonable in general for the quality that you get. (13.95 for unagi don, but you get way more unagi [eel] than any jap restaurant in town).

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Favourite Sushi restaurant
By cfoodfem of East vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Great sashimi. The wild salmon sashimi is the best! If you want quality sushi, this is the place to go. We no longer live near by but will do the drive. Always recommend Shiro to anyone looking for a good sushi restaurant.

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Fantastic Find
By Young_Foodies of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

Upset that we had just found "Kappa" japanese restaurant and it was closing, my significant other and I went in search of a new restaurant close to our apartment. We happened into Shiro - Japanese Restaurant merely by chance but we were pleasantly surprised. After patronizing several sushi joints to have too cold maki and food that just wasn't as authentic as we had hoped we were extremely happy to find this wonderful "family" type restaurant.

We sat at the sushi bar, watching the expert chefs prepare the food furiously. My significant other, having spent time in Japan, was very pleased with the bustling atmosphere and the perfect temperature at which the maki and sushi were served. We ate and ate and ate, and our bill was less than $30.00.

We return to Shiro almost WEEKLY and prefer to sit at the sushi bar to watch the chef work, while being at the center of the hustle and bustle. If you're looking for an elegant sit-down meal, this may not be th eplace for you. However, if you enjoy a bustling and busy restaurant, with pleasant staff, fantastic food and a great price...Shiro is definitely for you.

We eat there often and have not ever spent more than $35.00.

The assorted or even vegetable tempura is a must have, as well as our personal favorites - California rolls with real crab, Negitoro (chopped toro with green onion) and Negihama (chopped yellow tail and green onion) Maki.

We would both HIGHLY reccommend this restaurant if you are looking for a pleasant and fantastic tasting meal.

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Shiro is overrated
By irongoddesstea of Vancouver, Canada (29 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

I'm sorry but I have to say that I was disappointed with Shiro. I came here for dinner yesterday. My friend ordered the chicken teriyaki and tempura combo for $14.95. She got a really thin, small strip of chicken teriyaki (even a small chicken skewer from a Thai restaurant has more meat) and a whole bunch of bean sprouts, a few pieces of tempura, and they even forgot to give her the bowl of rice (she had to ask for it).

As for my assorted sushi combo, it was $13.75 for 6 pieces of California roll which I couldn't really taste the avocado (it was not a good California roll), and 8 pieces of nigiri sushi. Sure, the salmon and the tuna one tasted great, but the other pieces were not so great (octopus, squid, shrimp, cured salty mackerel, etc.).

The best dish was probably the wild sockeye sashimi, which is not BC, by the way -- it is probably Alaskan (they scribbed off the "BC" on their menu). Still it was not the best sashimi I've had because I noticed a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Also, the one big no-no was when I walked into the restaurant, it smelled really fishy. Their carpets are really dirty. This restaurant needs some serious renovations.

I will never come back to Shiro again and cannot recommend it. There are many other better choices than Shiro in this city.

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freshness - yay! bang for your buck - nay
By food-queen of East Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Have always wanted to try this place after reading countless reviews of how good Shiro is.

Had tuna & salmon sashimi - yes, it was indeed quite fresh, but I just couldn't seem to justify the price of it. Although it wasn't very pricey, compared to all the other places I've been (Sushi Garden, Sushi Town, Tomoya, Toyo, etc etc etc), it just didn't live up to my expectations.

Sushi was good, but yet again, quite small and non-filling.

They have a really good spicy sauce though, and they you get a free pack of Pocky at the end of your meal.

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A Raw Gem
By styledish of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

We came by here a week ago and managed to get a table for 4 even during lunch time. This still surprises me as I know this little restaurant is getting more popular. We ordered edamame, spicy scallop roll, a lunch box, a don, bbq eel and salmon sashimi. We love the freshness of the food, especially the fact that they used wild salmon which is more tender than the regular ones.
The food came quickly except that the bbq eel came after we finished everything else we ordered. But in general the food was tasty and filling. The other little quirk to this little place is the pocky that they gave you when you get your bill....like a small dessert after a great meal.

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Food was great but Waitress was very slow
By Food-luver of downtown Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 1:12am [Dine in]

The boyfriend wanted to try a new place for sushi. I had been to Shiro a lot in the past- more than 6 Years ago but have not recently. Difficult to find parking but when we did, it took about 20 mins to get seated. There was nothing at the table when we arrived. We finally go menus but no ocha. We ordered drinks and we were ready to order our food. The sever who brought our drinks said "just a minute" 20 mins later and 3 more times of asking to order we finally placed our order. Our server had her priorities all wrong. She would seat customers and take payments and clean tables before taking our order. Finally after 4 tries, we were able to finally get our order in. We weren't the only table who the server refused to take their order. We were talking to the table next to us and they had the same problem. I looked around and the tables that were seated 2 or 3 parties behind us already had some food at the table. Once we ordered, it did take another 20 Mins to get our first dishes. The gomae tasted exactly how I make it at home so nothing special there. Next came the deluxe assorted sashimi. All super fresh- Tako,hamachi,maguro, sockeye salmon, and my favorite uni. I loved the fact they garnish with Shiso. Next came the tempura which was alright, kaki pon which was tiny but delicious and chicken karaage.

Overall the food was great but I can't say we will be retuning. The waitresses were not attentive and were way too slow for such a busy little place. The sushi chefs were friendly.

Oh and just for the record-the reviewer who walked out without paying because their teriyaki roll took too long. Just know that you actually have to cook the chicken and then it goes to the sushi chef so it does take longer to make. The chicken is not pre-cooked. nobody should walk out without paying whether your food takes long or not. If you feel you need to leave, at least pay for what you ate and just don't tip otherwise it's like stealing.

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Quality Sushi
By P105 of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch. The bento box was a good value. Not too overwhelmingly big and not too small. The sashimi that came with it was very fresh (tuna & wild salmon). My partner ordered the assorted sushi and the pieces were a perfect size. The rolls were nicely made (not sloppy). Overall, the quality of the food is excellent. There are cheaper sushi places but you are paying for quality here. Service was welcoming & friendly. The decor looks dated/old but still clean.

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fresh fresh fresh
By julieface of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I love the sushi here; so fresh and you can taste it. A little on the pricey side in comparison to Vancouver sushi in general, but the extra cents are worth it.

The servers are always so friendly and obviously care about the food they are serving and the customer experience. It's always so crowded in there and all the tables are really cramped and close together, so that negates the dining experience slightly but I'm okay with that for the friendly service and delicious food.

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Fantastic sushi with great service
By lush0000 of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is a gem on Cambie Street. Although the storefront is barely visible due to the construction on Cambie Street, it is still worth navigating the changed roads.

Everything I have had here is excellent. The Nabeyaki Udon, Chopped Scallop Roll, Spicy Tuna Cone and Bento Boxes are my favourites. The chefs are friendly, professional and will explain any questions you may have.

The older lady who seems to direct the other waitresses is extremely polite and courteous. Will quickly redo any order if it is not to your liking. The waitresses are a little slow in understanding English but are generally polite and cheerful.

The sushi is closer to classic Japanese style rather than the modified styles found in Yaletown/Downtown Jap restaurants/hapa izakayas. Very subtle taste which willl definitely please. It is a little pricey considering the size but it is well worth it.

Adorable touch to give each table some Pocky (asian cookies) with the bill.

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Real Japanese People - Bonus!
By Tuzio of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

I always prefer restaurants that are Japanese owned. I am a food racist but I believe that it helps in the authenticity of the food. Anyways, my wife and I have been going to Shiro over the years and it has never let me down. The wasabi is freshly ground as you can taste the 'kick' it has compared to the paste wasabi and their ginger seems to be freshly pickled. The suishi is decent but we mainly go for the fresh wasabi - I don't know of any other place in town with this.

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