Shiro

  4.2 rating over 1 review
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1505 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA 91030-3215

Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Cuisine: French, European, Eclectic

Shiro is a French, European, and Eclectic restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid more than $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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dhnoho

 North Hollywood, CA
Shiro 4.0
 

French-Japanese Collision

Two of my favorite Cuisnes collide, could this be?

Well it is here hidden in South Pasadena. Shiro’s is located on a quaint, quiet street and the best service in this part of town, from the approachable hostess to the willing to please servers and the accommodable chef.

It may be considered fine dining although the establishment itself looks like an upscale coffee shop, well, bistro style with linen instead of paper napkins, although Shiro’s is very charming and the food is consistently delcious.

When you walk in, you are greeted by a very nice hostess and you glance around and see that the most of the patronage are “mature”, impeccably dressed and not a slouchy dresser in sight. Which thankfully, I was in my nice slacks and blouse which is the opposite of my trendy jeans and top, I dressed instincitvely.

Prices are varied, the three of us did share a bottle of a great and not so cheap chardonnay, which did increase our share of the bill to more than $100 per person. Each of us had cocktails, an appetizer, entree each as well. Dessert was shared.

The menu alternates daily but if you know of a dish they have prepared before and it is not on the menu, the chef is more than willing to accommodate.

Overall impression, very pleasant and a nice change of pace from the usual haste of “LA”-ness.

Japanese Anchovies

This was my favorite appetizer, it is just to die for. The size of this fish was bigger than the standard anchovy, and it’s just lightly battered and lightly fried.

Lobster Ravioli with truffle sauce and shiitake mushrooms

Just as good, a bit on the heavier side for an appetizer.

Fried Catfish

Served whole, head and all. Fine presentation and importantly, delicious. Crunchy on the outside, soft and fleshy inside, and very tasty.

You must order this and share.

Lamb Chops

Another great dish. It was juicy and full of flavor, I can just lick the bones.

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Hours
Tue-Thu 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri-Sat 06:00PM - 10:00PM
Sun 05:30PM - 09:00PM
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From OpenTable: 

Restaurant Shiro has been named the Zagat Guide's number one restaurant and is consistently one of the highest rated establishments in the guide (#5 in 2011; #2 for service in 2013). Shiro is summed up by it's ingredients. Menu items are driven by the best available, nothing less is acceptable. Year in and year out, for over 25 years, diners have enjoyed our French and Pacific Rim inspired menu. A tradition of fine dining with excellent, friendly service.

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Shiro is located near the cities of Alhambra, Pasadena, San Marino, Highland Park, and El Sereno.
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