Tucked away at a non-descript corner of Greenwood Avenue, Shiro has a minimalist façade with perpetually locked doors, a discreet doorbell and imposing security system. With no signage, except for an inconspicuous logo (“Shiro” written in stylised Kanji), this exclusive, reservations-only restaurant evokes an aura of mystery, almost like a secret society’s private clubhouse.
Shiro means ‘white’ in Japanese, symbolizing purity, simplicity and perfection. These qualities permeate every aspect of the restaurant’s aesthetics, from décor to food preparation, to presentation and service. The phrase “unpretentious but with style” neatly sums up the Shiro Experience.
Shiro’s décor is spartan with simple surfaces in neutral tones of beige and brown. There are only about 32 seats, with the tables closely placed, yet this somehow adds to the romantic and intimate ambience. The cozy interior is framed by dark velvet curtains and illuminated by the soft golden hues of evenly spaced spotlights, exuding an effortless air of grace and elegance.
L-R: Zensai (chef's selection of special appetizer platter); Kaki no Gurantan (oyster au gratin)
L-R: Yaki Shirako Kabuba Ankake (grilled cod fish roe with grated turnip served in glazed sauce); Akimono Tofu (freshly made angler fish beancurd)
L-R: Negi Toro Keki (sushi rice bedded with chopped tuna belly and spring onion); Ise Ebi Tazuna Age (deep-fried fresh lobster wrapped with wheat noodles)
Overall, the dishes are a synthesis of creativity and craft, presented with intricate attention to every detail. A truly exciting treat for the taste buds. [Try the Akimono Tofu (angler fish beancurd) and Kaki no Gurantan (oyster au gratin) for their excellent taste intensity!]
The sashimi, flown in almost daily from Tokyo, is incredibly fresh. The Sashimi Moriawase is recommended - the Toro (fatty tuna belly) and Hamachi (young yellowtail) have rich creamy textures that almost melt in your mouth, while the Ama-ebi (shrimp) and Geoduck (elephant clam) are deliciously sweet.
A 5-course set dinner is priced at $180 +++ per person, while set lunches are about $40 - $58 per person. Ala carte dishes and seasonal offers are also available.
The staff are attentive and friendly, taking the time to explain each dish and how it was prepared. Requests are also tended to quicky and always with a smile.
24 Greenwood Avenue
Tel: 6462 2774
Dinner: 7pm - 11pm (last order at 10pm)