UPDATE: Shiro has now permanently closed.
This restaurant is inside a lovely area of Perth CBD called Central Park – a modern area with gardens, restaurants, cool bars and hotels.
The ambience is modern, chilled and minimalist – I found it very relaxing – the staff were pleasant without being pushy. They provided tap water without us having to request it (I hate it when restaurants only offer bottled water at $10 a bottle, and then look down their noses at you when you ask for tap water).
The menu was fairly comprehensive offering an 8 course tasting menu for $95, an omakase menu (11 items) for $150 and various a la carte options including nigiri, sashimi, tataki/carpaccio, salads, hot dishes, tempura and house specials.
We chose miso soup and shared 6 dishes:
The miso was tasty and warming – a nice dose of umame on a chilly Perth evening.
This was a lovely tasty dish to start off with – deep fried crispy prawn meat with spicy mayonnaise and salad – very moreish.
If you have never eaten karaage chicken before, just imagine the best ever tastiest, crispiest, succulent fried chicken, and there you have it – this dish was perfectly cooked, served with mustard dip, salad leaves and crispy lotus root. Yum.
Next was carpaccio of snapper, lovely slices of raw snapper served with dashi jelly, ponzu sauce and herbs. This was a lovely concoction of flavours, impossible to eat with chopsticks, but the waitress obligingly gave us a spoon each.
The soft shell crab tempura was delicious – chunks of watermelon, crispy deep fried spinach leaves which were light and tasty, crispy lotus root slices, and soft shell crab in tempura batter.
The pork belly was perfectly cooked, soft and tasty on a bed of light caramel sauce with tempura noodles.
The nigiri was nice, top quality snapper, prawn, scallop, tuna, salmon and yellowtail on thumb sized pieces of rice. The rice fell apart a little though, I like the rice in sushi to hold together so that I can dip the whole piece in my soy, however these sushi fell apart in my chopsticks. They still tasted great though.
I loved Shiro. I thought the food was really good quality, and well presented in a nice environment. I will go back, but this time will order fewer deep fried dishes and more vegetable dishes. Excellent – I thoroughly recommend it.