Review: Several days ago I discovered this restaurant on HappyCow. I usually read what people have to say about restaurants before deciding on wheather or not to patronize them. So after reading the five (all positive) reviews of Shojin by Happy Cow members, I decided to go to their website and find out more about the restaurant, since after all it being only three months old. After reading the menu on the Shojin website, I decided to take my wife and invite several of our friends to the restaurant on a Sunday night for dinner. First of all, the restaurant is very clean. The decor was very modern with a slight Asian flare. The staff was very genial and catered to our every need. The chef came out to greet us at our table. He was very courteous. Our food was "Wonderful!". We ordered A LOT of food! :) We ordered four diferent appetizers: The Traditional Vegetable Appetizer (Very good! Expecially the Okara!) The Organic Tomato Tartar (Excellent...you must try!) The Nasu Miso Dengaku (Which is sweet egg plant in sweet miso sauce...loved it!) The Fried Garden Seitan "tsukune" (Which was my favorite part of the night. Do your self a favor and get two orders of these. They are soooo goood!) As far as soups is concerned, we had: The Kabocha Pumpkin Chowder (Which was quite good) The Caulliflower soup (I really liked this one!) For our entrees we had: The Grilled Vegetable Curry (Which was good) The Crispy Seitan Cutlet Curry (Which was scrumptuous) The Grilled Vegetable Curry (Nice!) The Seitan Katsu Curry (Also nice!) and last but not least The Barbequed Seitan Plate (Which had this uncanny resemblance to real Barbequed poultry. Yes, the kind you used to eat at barbeques before you turned Vegan! But need not worry. It's 100% Vegan!) Yes, we even had space left for dessert! We had The WalnutsChocolate Cake, The Green Tea "Moss" Cake with Sweet Azuki Beans, The Raspberry Strawberry Sorbet, and a DELICIOUS Chocolate Granola Parfait which is a glass filled with tofu chocolate cream,vanilla ice cream and granola. The presentation of each course was flawless and gorgeous. Oh, I almost forgot about a couple of pasta dishes which were amazing. I really liked them. Especially the pasta dish with its pesto sauce in it. Do not be 'on the fence' about going to eat at Shojin. We drove all the way from downtown Ventura to dine at Shojin, and will DEFINITELY be going back. So treat yourself to some exceptional Organic Vegan fare at this great restaurant!
Posted by Hugo on Saturday, December 11, 2010