Shiro is one of those great sushi restaurants in Vancouver that I used to frequent at least once a week when I lived a few blocks away on Cambie Street a few years back (its located in a strip mall near 15th Ave). I was definitely a regular there and couldn’t get enough of the authentic, Japanese-owned sushi bar (Shiro-san is the pleasant and always smiling owner).
I met up with a friend who lives in the area for lunch, and was excited for days in advance in anticipation of the great quality lunch boxes that we always used to order (I’ve probably not been back for a little over a year).
My choice of the day was a bento box that started out with some miso soup. Like everything else I have at this place, it was delicious – small squares of tofu, green onion and some seaweed throughout the broth.
We both went with a set menu, although mine was Lunch Set B, that comes with one item that changes daily – that day it was a Vegetable Croquette. This set also comes with both prawn and veggie tempura, tuna and sockeye salmon nigiri, a tuna roll, salad, fresh fruit slices and broccoli. The tuna at Shiro is always melt-in-your-mouth soft, and all of the fish tastes like it just came straight off a boat. The tempura isn’t overly battered, and the lettuce and tomato in the salad are nice and crisp. All of this for only $9.50.
The best value of all though is good old Lunch Set G. If you’re not a big eater, you could order just one of these and a side roll, and you’ve got yourself lunch for two even. This meal goes for $11.95 if I recall correctly, and includes katsudon (pork), five pieces of tuna and salmon sashimi, a tuna roll, a BC roll (BBQ salmon skin), broccoli, and prawn and vegetable tempura. I’ve got to give this set top marks for a couple reasons – yummy food, and incredible value for such quality and quantity.
This is another excellent Japanese restaurant in Vancouver with staff coming from the country of the Rising Sun. The food is delicious, and the seafood is extremely fresh – I’ve never been there when it was anything less than great, even after going more than a hundred times. If you’re in the neighbourhood and you haven’t been by yet, I highly recommend that you try it out, and tell Shiro-san that I say Ohayo Gozaimasu!
Shiro Japanese Restaurant
3096 Cambie St
Vancouver, BC, V5Z