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Shiro’s offers an escape from the noise

By Jackie Perreira Photos By ANTHONY CONSILLIO
June 4, 2017

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Breaded Cod ($11.25)

When you walk into Shiro’s Saimin Haven located in Waimalu Shopping Center, the first thing you notice is how quiet it is. This is because table after table, you’ll find local families devouring their favorite dishes without pause. This has become a welcomed scene and certainly a nice break from the bustling construction happening across the road.

A lunchtime favorite to try at Shiro’s is Supa Cod Sandwich ($8.95). If you’re already a regular, you know that any sandwich with the word “Supa” before it is big and delicious. This sandwich is no different. The hearty piece of cod is rolled in panko and served on a sesame bun with lettuce and a house tartar sauce.

Supa Cod Sandwich ($8.95)

“We’re really proud of our tartar sauce because we used to, unfortunately, get a store-bought one,” says general manager Bryce Fujimoto. “We were a little nervous to change it because we use tartar sauce for so many different things, but this actually pairs well with everything.”

If a sandwich isn’t really your thing, try the Breaded Cod ($11.25) plate. With this option, the panko-breaded fish is served with rice instead of a bun.

Shiro’s is a dining oasis in the heart of Aiea. FILE PHOTO

Typically, mahi-mahi is the go-to fish for these types of dishes, but since there is a shortage of it, Shiro’s decided to initially try cod on its specials menu.

“The cod was so popular that it was only on special for about a week, and that’s when we decided to put it on the regular menu,” explains Fujimoto.

Also good to note, the cod items are available as a catering option, too.

So, the next time you find yourself stuck in the traffic caused by the ongoing construction in Aiea, pull over for a meal at Shiro’s. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy, Aiea (Also in Ewa Beach)
488-8824
Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.