Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, Contemporary

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

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 North Hollywood, CA

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.

December 30, 2008

A Nice Treat

My family and I went to this restaurant because I received a gift certificate. I would never have known about it because it is located on a side street. The food was delicious! I wish I had ordered their catfish specialty though - my…
October 27, 2008

Catch the catfish

Shiro restaurant is one of my favorite of all time. It's a storefront in South Pasadena, unassuming and modest - but the food, particularly the seafood, stands among the freshest and best-prepared in the world. Their charming hostess…

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French Contemporary French Contemporary
  • Call ahead to be sure that chef Hideo Yamashiro is in the kitchen. When he isn't, the food can be hit and miss.
  • Bring your own bottle if that's your favorite white wine to have with catfish. Corkage is $12.
  • Beware. Shiro takes a two week holiday every year in September.
Tue-Thu 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri-Sat 06:00PM - 10:00PM
Sun 05:30PM - 09:00PM
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Shiro is located near the cities of Alhambra, Pasadena, San Marino, Highland Park, and El Sereno.
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