After a presentation in the city, J and I decide on hanging around a bit longer and enjoying our child-free night out. Faced with the choice of the entire city’s restaurants, we let J’s Entertainment Book app narrow down where we were to go for dinner. There was a lot of choice in the immediate area – we were at Brookfield Place – we decided to take a wander to the other side of “The Terrace” and try Shiro. The modern Japanese restaurant was somewhere neither of us had tried, but heard great things about.
Being a weeknight, we didn’t think a couple of walk-ins would be too much trouble. The waiter looked a little perplexed when we said we didn’t have a booking, but since the restaurant was pretty quiet, it didn’t seem to be too much of a problem. We were seated at a booth overlooking the leafy Central Park.
We both love Edamame, so sharing a bowl of the boiled soy beans was a no brainer. They came out steaming – I can never eat too many of those!
I can’t visit a Japanese restaurant without enjoying a bowl of miso soup!
For main, though the pork belly dish was so so tempting, I decided to choose an old favourite instead – Chicken Teriyaki ($26). Years ago, I worked in West Perth and my work buddies and I would make the walk up Hay Street to Jaws for Teriyaki Chicken almost daily. The Chicken Teriyaki at Shiro was leagues above the take away I used to scoff at Jaws. The chicken breast and thigh were tender and covered in lashings of sauce, the bok choy, thinly sliced asparagus and cherry tomato gave me my vegetable fix. I also shared a side of steamed rice with J.
Caramel Miso Pork Belly ($32). I still managed to nab a bit of pork belly as J was kind enough to let me try hers. The pork belly braised in stock was very moist and full of flavour. A ginger salsa, herbs and pickled ginger were on the side.
All in all we really enjoyed Shiro. The food was very tasty, well presented and good value. The restaurant was classy and the service was mostly good. J even got a sneaky pic of this lil food blogger! We’d certainly return – maybe for some sashimi next time – now that we’ve been practicing our chopstick skills!