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Shiro review in Pasadena

foodict | Jan 25, 200401:53 PM

Had a craving for Shiro's fried catfish and invited some first timers to join me there last night.

Hadn't been in two years and did a little checking on CH. There wasn't much just a couple of posts about how the catfish was greasy.

Despite the implication that Shiro had lost its way we took our chances and gave it a try.

I'm happy to say the meal and service were excellent. There was no muddy funk to the catfish which everyone knows is nearly impossible to escape. Greasy? Not the three whoppers swimming on our table.

For those of you who haven't had their catfish it comes from a special supplier to the chef. It is lightly battered and deep fried in I believe peanut oil. It is served as a whole fish on a huge plate, swimming in a light ponzu broth that has ginger and cilantro in it for added flavor.

You break off pieces of the bright white catfish and dip it in the sauce. Absolutely addicting. The first timers will soon become regulars.

It's so nice to see a pioneer of the trendy-LA-fusion genre going strong 20 years later. High quality can make a difference even here in LA where it's not always about the food.

If you haven't been do yourself a favor and go. If you haven't been in years give it a try, you'll kick yourself for missing out for so long.

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