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“Excellence in a Small Space”
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Price range: $32 - $55
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fair Oaks Ave.
Transit: South Pasadena Metro Station .4 miles from the Restaurant
Description: Our food is only the best of the ingredients presented so that their excellence shines through. Our caring staff is here to help you enjoy your meal. We have a full bar.
Reviewed October 27, 2012

From the hostess of the restaurant, who runs the floor with an eye for detailed high and exact expectations, to the waiters and wait staff, the place runs perfectly and, for the diners, comfortably and easily. The bartender mixes drinks expertly (martinis for example); wines are reasonable, the menu, the waiters too, make effective suggestions.
Wednesday's prix fixe is a bargain for three-course dining; the chef's tasting menu on Thursdays is an invitation to surprises of great bites.
Everyday is a menu of fresh, expertly prepared tastes using fresh and delicious-tasting ingredients.
The place is intimate, cozy, familiar, relaxing. The pottery and the art are well worth looking at. It is good for a collection of old friends, a romantic spot, a regular dining spot, a place for families. Children fit in, but they are not regularly diners here.
The decor, the food, the management are all exercises in taste, an expression of balancing the forces that go into good eating.
Later in the evening, Hideo Yamashiro, an Okinawan by birth, often takes a table with family or friends and usually with some staff. He brings a Japanese and French fusion for sure. But the best Okinawan island places find a balance of all things, which he seems to have done here.
Finally, the catfish, a famous dish for many years, is wonderful--15 years ago and today.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

The top restaurant in South Pasadena where one can enjoy a martini in a environment with white tablecloth and professional waiters. The chief's tasting menu is excellent. Try the ravioli with truffle sauce. The filet mignon also is worth honorable mention. Have it rare in sauce make the otherwise boring piece of meat delicious.

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Thank 1stneuron
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Based on tripadvisor reviews and local recommendations, we dined at Shiro, expecting great things. When reserving I made clear that one in party needed to eat gluten-free. Restaurant had difficulty actually providing gluten-free meal, although they did make an effort, just not a successful, or graceful, one. Legendary dish, deep-fried catfish, was nicely presented and tasted great - 5 stars here - but chicken breast and chocolate tart were pretty pedestrian. Sides with main courses were good seasonal choices, very tasty (potato gratin, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower), but serving size here very small. If tripadvisor actually had a rank between "average" and "very good," that would be the rank we'd give Shiro.

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Thank msm4
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We've eaten at Shiro's several times before but last night's dinner was the best ever. Everything from start to finish was superb. Cocktail and wine selected were perfect. We shared a special Yellowtail carpaccio appetizer. Entrees were duck and halibut, both couldn't have been better. And a chocolate souffle tart for dessert finished the meal perfectly. From our perspective you cannot be disappointed here.

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Thank bjaronoff
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

Shiro is our favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area. We go there to celebrate special occasions or just for a satisfying dinner out. For over 22 years they have served the best food in town and continue to give other restaurants a run for their money. They have ranked number one for food in Zagats over the years and are still in the running at number 5 for 2011. Not bad considering all the new restaurants and hot competition these days. Their deep-fried catfish is copied by many chefs but never quite compares. Their food is the freshest and so good it makes you hum. The chinese ravioli, oysters, john dory and salmon are a few of our favorites. But we think their steak, shrimp and the grilled crab appetizers are pretty darn good too. The staff couldn't be more attentive and always make you feel welcome. If you want a truly fresh and delicious meal this is the place for you.

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Thank stillbmbulatory
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