Shiro Sushi Lounge
Posted by: Dan Shaw
Posted on: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
We visited Shiro Sushi Lounge. The tables are so small that when sharing one deluxe ($21) sushi, the waitress had trouble fitting our two small personal plates on the table. She even admitted that the tables are small. The sushi was good. As for the Chilean Sea Bass (Oceans 11), the fish portion was small and thin and tasted oily and fried, not baked. It was propped up on a huge mound of caramelized onions that must have been overcooked because they too tasted fried. A paltry few vegetables plus rice (not the wasabi potatoes listed on the menu), completed the order. When asked why, for $25, the fish was so small, the owner and/or manager said that Chilean sea bass is very expensive for him to buy! His only offer was to bring us a few more vegetables. Jae Spice across the street also has good sushi but has much better fish, larger tables, and above all, much better service.
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Like any all-American Japanese restaurant, Shiro, which opened recently across the street from the Beacon Cinema, has all sorts of sushi to accommodate people who don’t really like raw fish. such as the Philadelphia Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheese, and scallion; $6.50) and the Lobster Tempura Roll (lobster, scallion, avocado and caviar; $16.95). If you are craving sushi or sashimi, everything you order will be presented with refined style by friendly, attentive waitresses. Shiro also offers a greatest hits selection of entrees—shrimp-and-vegetable tempura ($17.95), chicken yakitori ($15.95), salmon teriyaki ($17.95), beef negimaki ($18.95) pork katsu ($15.95)—and bento box lunch specials ($6.95 -$9.95) on weekdays. (Alas, it does not have a hibachi grill like its outpost in Great Barrington.) The restaurant wants to be a family-friendly, neighborhood restaurant: On a recent night, it very happily served a five-year-old girl the all-American strawberry shortcake ablaze with birthday candles that her mother had made at home and delivered to the kitchen before dinner. —Dan Shaw
48 North Street; 413.236.8111
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5 - 10 p.m.; Friday 5 - 11 p.m.
Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday noon - 10 p.m.