Shiro is a sushi restaurant on Cambie Street serving authentic Japanese food.
I heard good reviews, especially about the sashimi, so decided to give it a try one evening. It was nice, not quite the unbelievable sashimi I was expecting tho. But it was good quality, really fresh, the servers were efficient and attentive, and it was a good deal. Enjoyable and I’ll be back.
I have eaten at many Japanese restaurants that charge far higher prices but found the food at Shiro to be superior. The wasabi is freshly ground not made from powder, the tuna sashimi is melt in your mouth and even better if you order the spicy sauce. They always have fresh oysters with the best sauce I've tasted anywhere. All the food is absolutely top notch. They need a larger place and tatami rooms would be wonderful but I go there for the food and the friendly people behind the counter. Definitely my favourite Japanese restaurant.
Unlike a lot of so-called "Japanese" or "sushi" restaurants around, this place is run by a Japanese family making traditional Japanese foods.
Their sushi is top-notch, with just the right seasoning and the best quality fish. No, they're not a discount sushi shop slapping huge chunks of fish on the rice but using excellent cuts in appropriate sizes.
Not nearly as high-priced as other hyped shops around town, Shiro consistently puts out excellent traditionally-prepared Japanese food for reasonable prices.
They're my first choice for Japanese cuisine.
It's almost always busy and they're not set up for groups larger than 6 or 8. But they're well worth the wait.
I enjoy the experience and the food at this small sushi restaurant. It staff are welcoming and the sushi is fresh and delicious. My favourites are the salmon sashimi and No. 18 roll (deep-fried rolls). You can either sit at the bar or in one of the tables. I like to sit at the bar and watch the sushi being made.
shiro has been a neighbourhood favourite of mine for quite some time now. the sashimi is always fresh and tasty, and the real crab california rolls are some of the best in the city. if you want to try something new, try the chawan mushi, which takes about 20 minutes to come out, but is well worth the wait. unlike some japanese retaurants, shiro is consistantly good, which always keeps me comin' back during a sushi-craving. the service is prompt and friendly, and the pocky sticks served with the bill are an original touch.
I'm not so good at writing reviews, but I just wanted to say that Shiro is probably one of the best sushi houses in town. The food is tasty, though maybe ever so slightly more expensive than your average sushi place. But a plus is that it's actually handled with care, and I think that makes the experience all the better.
The service has so far always been friendly, you're greeted just like you would be in Japan. One time I was there, one of the staff (possibly on his break maybe?) was just hanging around the dining area and when a group of guests were leaving, he pretended to leave with them, saying goodbye and thanks to the rest of the staff. It was quite funny.
And at the end you get a small packet of Pocky. Overall, a very nice small restaurant. Just get there with time to spare during dinner times.
My bf and I loveessss this place. The salmon and sushi here are incredibly fresh! The only thing is that I'm a huge noodle soup fan, and the ones here are just average. I think they only excelle in sushi.
Japanese proprietors, home-made wasabi, fresh fish, slightly warm rice, excellent cones. Worth snaking your way into cramped quarters anyday. A definite repeat offender.
The prices at Shiro are very reasonable. When I was there a couple of weeks ago there was a notice to customers saying they will increase their prices slightly in the future.
But all in all, a sushi appetizer (1 pc each of tuna, sockeye salmon, cooked prawn sushi + 1 tuna sushi roll = 9 pieces in total) was merely $5.5 for the longest time. They only use sockeye salmon, noneo f that farmed salmon that are carcinogenic are served here. Their real crab rolls are also excellent. Wasabi is fresh - none of that cheap wasabi made strictly from powder. They use fresh udons, which are very tangy and tasty, in their soups. The soup stock was tasty and flavourful without MSG!
This place is run by japanese chef - none of that non-authentic sushi with lots of rice here! Highly recommended!
After seeing so many good things I visited with the wife and child. She had the beef domburi. It was cheap at $6.50 but quite small and not what I would call real gyudon - some beef and a few onion slices. What about that nice, rich gyudon sauce? I'm not sure I saw any in the bowl at all. I had the karaage and tempura set dinner. I was expecting a bento, but ended up getting: miso soup; then sunomono; then karaage and rice; then tempura. Each item was served one after the other. Not exactly what I expected from a teishoku set. And ice cream at the end. The food was barely passable. Miso soup with a couple of cubes of tofu and wait, is that seaweed? Hmmm... maybe a couple of strands were in there. Sunomono was average. Karaage, and this is a travesty was deep-fried chicken wings. Where do restaurants get off serving wings as karaage. Many years living in Japan and I think I only got wings once. Unacceptable. The tempura was okay. We also had an avocado roll for the kid. I ended up with two pieces which were very average.
I won't bother going back for this food. The service was pretty good though, friendly and frequent tea refills. The place was packed but I'm not sure why. Better food is available nearby. It may be Japanese people running the place, but when they can't cook as good as my own mother-in-law that's not worth my dining out dollars. Maybe I should give Tenhachi another try...
For some of the best sushi in Vancouver in this price range you can't go wrong with Shiro's. Can get crowded at dinner time so you may have to wait for a table. Some of the noodle dishes never seem to be available but other than that I've got no complaints. The sushi is fresh and well prepared and I've enjoyed their cooked menu items as well.
Waiting a little bit longer than usual is a fair price to pay for an excellent, economically friendly meal. This was not our experience today at Shiro Japanese Restaurant on Cambie and 15 AVE in Vancouver. This was our first visit to Shiro so of course this experience will be embedded in our 'eating out catalogue' permanently, as most first visits to a restaurant are. We sat down and chose 4 items from the menu (with explicit instructions to veto the mayo since we can't quite grasp the raw fish/mayo combo - but that's just us). After about 10 minutes I received my spicy salmon sashimi (very small portion for the price I was paying - approx $1.25 per very small piece of salmon) which was drowned in an overbearing red hot sauce. Some restaurants really have a good thing going with their spicy salmon/tuna sashimi - Shiro is certainly not one of them. It wasn't too much of a worry since we knew the rest of our food would be coming soon and it would likely make up for it. About 30 minutes after receiving the sashimi we started wondering if perhaps they had forgotten the rest of our order - the family who sat down next to us about 10 minutes after we arrived was already receiving and eating their rolls and tempura. We decided we would give them another 6 minutes (which would be approximately 45 minutes in total since we initially ordered our food). In that 6 minutes the only thing we received was a sense of annoyance and displeasure since the aforementioned family was actually finishing up their meal at this point and we were still left with nothing. We decided at this point it was a fair gesture to get up and walk out - fair because we hadn't received even a glance in our direction since that one over priced, hot sauce drowned salmon dish reached our table. At some point as customers we have the right to say enough is enough. Of course 10 seconds after walking out the door the server finally acknowledged our existence - the only thing concerning her was that we hadn't payed for the sashimi that we had eaten. Although the extremely poor service and neglect had made us feel we had payed 10x more than what the sashimi was worth we went back in and paid for it. The server tried to make excuses. "Chicken teriyaki roll takes a long time to make..." We understand and appreciate the time and effort it takes to make and serve food, it's not always quick and effortless. But trying to explain that it is not abnormal for a chicken teriyaki roll to take 45 minutes to make - I just don't buy it. Not when the family next to us has received and devoured their entire meal in that time. And after all of that to charge us 100% of the bill for what little food we did consume - we found that to be extremely poor customer service. Shiro - we will not be returning to eat at your restaurant. In fact, we were so dissatisfied with the outcome of our experience today that we will be sure to pass the word along of your (what you should consider) outright embarrassing service to us today.
The last time I was at Shiro's was many moons ago and at that time didn't have a great experience.
I recently went there last week with my daughter and was very impressed with the quality and freshness of the food. We ordered the dinner special between the 2 of us and that was more than enough.
The restaurant is tiny but what a great little gem in the neighbourhood. Probably THE best sushi restaurant in the Main/Cambie area.
Dined here after work on a Thursday and the sushi and cooked food was pretty decent. It is hard to find a Japanese run and operated joint in Vancouver nowadays. If you are comparing this to it's closest rival Toshi's on 16th and Main, I would say the sushi here isnt as fresh and the price is a bit higher - makes sense since they probably pay higher in rent for being on the west side.
Mainly had nigiri sushi: toro, anago, sake, hotate, amaebi (didnt deep fry head due to different type of prawn served). I would say the nigiri was pretty fresh and better then most sushi places. Also had negitoro, negihamachi, and chopped scallop roll w/tobiko. The negihamachi used a different cut of the meat and it didnt taste like the usual yellow tail.
If Toshi's is busy and has a super long line up, I recommend coming here as a secondary choice just minutes away. Would definitely come back again and try other items such as the baked eggplant (they ran out).
We recently dined at Shiro. Yes it was good but not quite as outstanding as we all thought it would be. There were six people in our party and although the service was quick, the food was not as tasty as we expected. We also had to wait quite a while to get a table. We all had the spicy sushi rolls which are bigger than in a lot of other sushi places.
One of the finest quality sushi restaurants you will find without entering the territory of such upscale establishments like Tojo's or Yoshi's.
The fish is fresh and of very high quality. It is one of the few sushi restaurants where I will order scallops with confidence (those of you who enjoy raw scallops know that they are one of the first things to be compromised in quality at mediocre sushi restaurants!). Overall, the menu is quite extensive, and highlighted by the availability of wild sockeye, real crab, fresh wasabi, as well as less commonly found dishes like chawan-mushi and sanma. Sushi is prepared at the bar by Japanese chefs who show all the signs of being professionally trained. Donburi dishes are competently prepared but nothing to write home about.
Service is friendly and fairly consistent. Atmosphere is homey and decor is tasteful and as good as anyone would expect from a small restaurant located in a strip mall.
It is also worth noting that they seem to have a decent selection of sake and shochu, which I have not sampled, though I notice this is becoming more common in licensed japanese restaurants these days.
I ordered an unagi roll with avocado and tobiko, and I was charged 6.95. The price didn't bother me until I opened the container and saw this sad little roll with slivers of avocado, and sparse tobiko beads. It was unreasonable at best, and the unagi was fishy. Salmon sashimi is good, but smaller.
I seriously consider this one of the best sushi houses in Vancouver.