After a long Sunday of walking around somewhat-deserted areas, I was very thankful to arrive at Shojin. I must say that I was very surprised to find such a nice vegan restaurant inside a shopping mall, but the service and quality was far from what you'd expect from a mall restaurant.
I started with the pumpkin croquettes, which the server recommended, but I was somewhat disappointed with them. The flavor of the croquettes was good (soft, creamy pumpkin filling, and a crispy, breaded exterior), but for some reason, they were paired with a homemade, warm ketchup. Who serves ketchup with pumpkin? Moreover, who serves ketchup - period! - in an upscale restaurant? I think the dish would be much better served with a creamy white sauce.
I then went with the spicy ramen soup, which was, indeed, very spicy. I will admit to sweating a bit while I ate, but the flavor was very good. For some reason, I wasn't impressed with the first few bites (perhaps it was just too hot), but when I let it cool a bit, I absolutely loved it. The vegetables and noodles were standard, but the broth was extremely flavorful, which really is the most important component of a soup.
I finished with the lava cake, which takes 15 minutes to prepare, I believe because they bake it fresh for you (the little dish it came in was oven-hot). The cake itself was pretty average but the hot chocolate inside made it interesting. It also came with a small scoop of vegan ice cream which balanced it out.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal and I would dine here again. However, as mentioned by conde.kedar, the portions are small for what you pay, so be prepared to drop some money if you're hungry.