Shirakawa Opens in Gastown’s Blood Alley

Over the past few weeks, buzz has been steadily increasing about the newest spot to open up in Gastown’s Blood Alley, Shirakawa, which has taken over the space that used to house long-time area resident Boneta.

Though the interior is much the same, the cuisine has done a complete about-face with the opening of Shirakawa Gastown, serving up a Japanese dining experience in the heart of Gastown. The mandate of the culinary team, led by Keisuke Itoh, is simply this: focus on creating exquisite Japanese dishes using high quality organic produce, traditional Japanese cooking methods, and plenty of proteins. 

Itoh knows his way around the kitchen. Hailing from a long line of culinary masters, he followed his father’s footsteps to become a successful chef/owner of four Itoh-branded restaurants in Japan and has partnered with world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa to expand business concepts within North America. Oh, lest we forget to mention that he also has his sommelier and sake certificates neatly tucked into his back pocket.

What does this mean for you, the diner? Well, expect quality first and foremost, as well as an inventive culinary experience that will tempt your tastebuds in a big way. Shirakawa serves up classic Japanese sushi items, teppan-style grilled Kuroge Wagyu Beef cuts from Japan, kappo, seafood sashimi salad, anabo, assorted sashimi platters, Hamachi carpaccio and more. 

Paying homage to North American produce and preferences, they’ve kicked things up a notch on the menu too; don’t be surprised to see items like Gyokai risotto (featuring local salmon, prawns, snap peas) or grilled organic chicken finished with a maple syrup teriyaki glaze.

Tucked just off Blood Alley in a courtyard setting, Shirakawa is the perfect spot to land for a quick bite over lunch or for a more leisurely, grazing-style dinner. Dishes are meant to be shared, and the quaint patio begs for late, lazy nights with Sake-fueled conversation bubbling over. We think it ought to be on your radar when the craving to try something different hits.

Find Shirakawa at 12 Water Street in Gastown.

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