CHECK IT OUT: Shiro Shiro Japanese on Roxas Boulevard
This new joint dishes out your favorite Japanese comfort food staples.
G/F Boulevard Mansion Hotel and Residential Suites
1440 Roxas Boulevard, Manila
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Shiro Shiro offers a smart mix of Japanese comfort food as well as contemporary twists to the cuisine that goes easy on the pocket. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Keitaro Kawasaki, was made to cater to Japanese tourists looking for a taste of home with flavors that stay true to authentic Japanese fare, while also representing the local market with popular Pinoy-style favorites like the California Maki with mango.
Part-owner Dwight Ashton said Shiro Shiro is roughly translated as "white castle." The central concept behind the restaurant's design was inspired by Japan's world heritage-listed Himeji Castle. The interiors play with modern and stylish concepts reminiscent of contemporary Tokyo restaurants mixed with timeless forms of traditional Japanese architecture like bamboo, wood, and stone set against refreshing green walls. Lit sand and stone landscapes encased on the floors that seem to create floating islands of seating areas make interesting features. The best time to appreciate the clever blend of materials is at night when the lighting scheme changes.
For starters, try the Dragon Roll with eel and avocado(P200) a gorgeous maki with slivers of avocado on top and a light, crunchy layer of eel embedded in soft Japanese rice. If you're looking for something to share with a group, get the Assorted Sushi Plate (P450), a serving of tuna, salmon, squid, octopus, mackerel, eel, salmon roe, shrimp and egg sushi.
The Ebi Kani Salad (P190) is another must-try-a refreshing salad of shrimp and crabstick with shredded lettuce, slices of cucumber in a tangy mayo-based dressing. For your main, try the Katsudon (P250), a filling meal of tender, breaded pork served on a bowl of white rice and garnished with egg and nori strips. The Gyudon is a steal at P300, a flavor-packed combo of beef cooked in onions and sauce, raw egg and steamed rice. Get a bento box if you're a big-eater: the Nori Bento (P270) or the Shiro Shiro Wazen (P450) both mix seafood with side dishes, rice and miso soup. The perfect ending to a savory meal? A bitter-sweet combo of Coffee Jelly and Vanilla Ice Cream (P100).
Photos courtesy of Shiro Shiro