2401 Second Ave
Seattle, Washington 98121
Shiro is the man. It is worth waiting to worship this dictatorial sushi master at his counter (and customers do wait for seats before him specifically). He laughs gleefully as you eat your uni, chortling, "Chocolate from the sea!" He tells you how much soy sauce to apply to individual pieces of fish, and, in some cases, how long to chew them. (If you want more of his wit and wisdom [plus recipes!]—and you do—check out his memoir Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer. The photos alone—from seemingly every step of his life in Japan and then Seattle—are amazing.) Those seated at his bar compulsively tell him how fantastic everything is. So the paint's a little scraped on one wall—whatever. Feel the love. But call ahead: Shiro isn't at Shiro's as much anymore, since he sold all but a minority interest (to partners, including one from the less-than-amazing local I Love Sushi chain).
Features: To Go
Cuisine: Japanese and Sushi
Serving Hours: Mon–Sat 5:30–10 pm, Sun 4:30–9 pm.
Price Range: $$-$$$
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