Shiro’s – A Seattle Sushi Staple
Shiro’s is known as an institution when it comes to the sushi scene in Seattle, as Shiro himself apprenticed under Jiro Ono of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. While many have tried to replicate it, nothing quite compares to the original. Open since 1994, Shiro’s is still housed in the same non-descript space in Belltown, where it blends classically trained Japanese technique with local Pacific Northwest ingredients.
Though Shiro Kashiba has left to pursue Sushi Kashiba, he has left his namesake restaurant in the hands of a very capable culinary team, lead by Jun Takai. As evidenced by how busy they are, the handoff was so seamless, diners are still experiencing the same level of service and quality today.
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We arrived for dinner on a Monday night and did the premium omakase menu, which involved the chef’s selection of 18 pieces of sushi and seasonal soup, served over five courses, along with a bottle of sake to wash it all down. Our server was phenomenal and explained each type of fish over each course, how it was prepared, and carefully brushed ponzu or soy sauce to specific pieces to maximize the flavor. While we found a few pieces to be very heavy on the wasabi (some overwhelmingly so), others were incredibly faint. Each plate was presented simply, and we were instructed to eat from right to left (firm to soft).
The quality of each piece was incredibly fresh, with perfectly seasoned rice, but our favorites were definitely the salmon, fatty tuna, and mackeral. The perfectly buttery tuna just melted in our mouths. We almost ordered another round, but decided to wait for our next visit. The soup course was underwhelming, as was the last course, which was an amalgam of boring rolls, ikura, and chopped tuna. We really wished it had ended with a bigger palate punch.
Overall, Shiro’s is an unforgettable dining experience. If you can, sit at the sushi bar and do the open-ended omakase.
Shiro’s | 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 | Open 7 days a week for dinner