Vegan Japanese on Shattuck

A rare find - all vegan Japanese sushi, tempura, etc, following traditional Buddhist temple cuisine.

Added by Matt Mackall on Mar 5 03 (last updated Feb 11 13)

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I was pretty excited to try an all-vegan Japanese restaurant. After years of watching my friends order deep-fried sushi, I was happy to have the opportunity to have my own fish-free version. While the deep-fried sushi was good, nothing else seemed to be too different from the vegetarian options at a standard Japanese restaurant. I appreciated the fact that I didn't have to scrutinize the menu very carefully, but I would have been more impressed with Cha-Ya if they had offered unique vegetarian takes on traditional Japanese dishes. The only real thing that sets Cha-Ya apart from other Japanese restaurants, in my mind, is the fact that they have vegan desserts.

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I appreciate the large, all-vegan menu at Cha-ya, but was not thoroughly impressed with the food. My kitsune noodle soup was a bit too salty and didn't stand out in any way. The tempura didn't taste right and the miso soup seemed more like a veggie soup than anything else. My chocolate mousse cake was dry.

Prices at Cha-ya are good, and the space is quaint and inviting. But the food was only decent and nothing special. The service was wonky and curt and all of our dishes came out at random times. I appreciate any all-veg restaurant, but this one has some room to improve.

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noon - 2pm;
5pm - 9:30pm

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