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Jun 3, 2009 11:40 PM

Shojin (organic and natural Japanese vegan cuisine)

We only had three dishes, but all three were excellent.
this is not 'authentic' japanese cuisine, but the ingredients are top flight and the preparation doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the ingredients.
therei is no oversalting, overcooking, over sugaring, nor over-greasing.
very friendly and helpful service.
very pretty restaurant (nice enough for a date if your date is open to vegetarian food)

wholeheartedly endorse this place

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  1. What did you get that you like? The food photos look wonderful.

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    1. re: Cinnamon

      we had:
      a salad (i can't remember the name of it) that had a very light, flavorful orange dressing. the mixture of the greens included some that had a little "bite" so it was a lot more interesting than the norm.
      i had the orange tempeh & vegetables.
      my date had the grilled vegetables with tempeh.
      both were served with a side bowl of organic brown rice done perfectly.

      as much as i hate to drive, this place is worth it. free validated parking in their structure. park on the 4th floor.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Thanks. I was eyeing some of the soba, and curries. Looks like a great spot to go to with the vegetarians we know, as opposed to their always going to non-veg restaurants with us and improvising.

        1. re: Cinnamon

          everything i saw being served to the folks at the other tables also looked terrific.
          the basic theme that ran through the food is a basic respect for the ingredients
          as an example, each of the roast vegetables was roasted perfectly. they gave some thought to the thickness of the slice and the timing of the grilling so that none of the vegetables were overdone/soggy and none were underdone.

        2. re: westsidegal

          That sounds like the Orange Kale salad.

          I like their apps more than any of their entrees. The pumpkin croquettes are great, as are the sauteed mushrooms.

      2. As a diehard omnivore, I really gotta say I liked this place. It's been there for a while. The idea of "respecting the ingredients" is quite Japanese. From what I understand, Shojin food is specific subset of Japanese cuisine, focusing on "temple style" cuisine.

        1. i want to try this place- do they serve alcohol? i didn't see it on the menu.

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          1. re: Clyde

            they do not have an an alcohol license yet, and do not allow byob.

          2. Thanks for the heads up. This looks really intriguing. As far as "authentic Japanese" goes, acc to the website this cuisine dates back to the 13th century. which makes it more authentically Japanese than sushi.

            Really interested in trying their seiten. Maybe comparable to tempeh?

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            1. re: Ogawak

              different forms of protein-rich foods.
              one is made from wheat gluten.
              the other, i believe, is made from fermented soy beans.

              1. re: Ogawak

                I've actually found that I really enjoy good seitan.

                1. re: noahbites

                  I did not like any of their seitan dishes.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Was going to take parents there tomorrow. Not so great? They have been vegetarian foodies for 30 years, live in NorCal, and just heard if this place. Went to Fattys & Co. last night-menu reads delicious, food was a C+ at best though-oily, sometimes overcooked, sometimes not warm enough, always too garlicky. Our fault though on one dish for even thinking about ordering vegetarian paella I suppose...Any other recs? We are in Venice, but probably going to Pasadena for the day. Cheers all.

                    1. re: luhkee

                      No, I think Shojin is fine. I'm just not a fan of their seitan dishes.

                      Several of their apps are quite good, as are some of the soba and curry dishes.