When you have no bookings for Friday night, Shiro might be a good place to pop in. It was not very crowded when we got there at 8.30pm. I think it is also very conveniently placed in Central Park (Western Australia).
I sat upstairs for the first time. Its pretty spacious and zen…. I would have converted it into a sake bar/event space if I were the owners! The architecture and interior of the Shiro definitely sets the right mood for the modern Japanese food that followed.
Check out my paparazzi-ed friends.
Starting out with sake was the right thing to do ESPECIALLY on a Friday night (TGIF!). I join in the Monday blues and TGIF hurrahs and then wonder why I do it because I don’t work. -_-
Perhaps we had too many drinks at Wolfe Lane prior to dinner; we had a debate as to the function of the blue inversion on the sake jar. The first suggestion was that it was to hold your thumb….but we obviously realised later on that it was for ICE to cool the sake. haha.
I must admit Shiro is expensive. However, I felt its dinner menu were much more worth the money than its lunch menu. You will see why.
We were craving different sashimi and so Cindy very intelligently decided that we should order the Oceans 5 ($39.00). From left and clockwise, Tuna, Yellow Tail, Scallop, Snapper and Salmon in the middle. It was all very fresh, firm and cut to a good thickness. However, as we had the 4 of us, we had to take turns and missed out on one of the sashimi. Not that its so bad, there is nothing there I have not tried before. Great low fat start to our meal!
Cindy suggested the Spider Maki ($21) which is a little bit different from the ones you get elsewhere. Here, a thin slice of cucumber wraps the sushi. There is just the right amount of lettuce (not too much) and soft-shell crab. It is also filled with avocado, carrot and black tobiko.
I really enjoyed the sauciness of Rolls Royce (indeed). It was topped with diced prawn tempura and filled with unagi (eel), lettuce, crabstick and cucumber. The sauces were apple sauce, teriyaki and mayo. It was awesome… You can tell it was freshly made because the prawn tempura batter was still somewhat crisp despite the layers of sauce. I loved this. While the dish being $23 means nearly $3 per piece of sushi, it is way bigger and better tasting than Aisuru’s which was comparable in price and half the size.
Popcorn shrimp ($14) was a serving of bite sized crunchy tempura prawns smothered in a spicy mayo sauce. Tasty….and I would have kept on popping if it was less than a $1 a pop.
I think its nice that the adegashi tofu was served with a Zucchini tempura. I forgot to get the price oops!
The caramel miso pork belly ($34) was pretty good. The sauce was actually something special. However, to bring the dish from good to excellent, the pork could have been more of a melt in your mouth texture. It was slightly overcooked and tough for what one would expect out of pork belly.