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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Soy and Sake Village
by Tiina

Review: We stumbled upon this gem of a place that had just opened a month prior - and initially went in to get hot sake since it was around 20 degrees outside and we had been walking for well over 4 hours. We were also starving, and looked at the menu but thought 'oh well, maybe we can just get some miso soup or something'. Until, our wonderful bartender informed us that EVERYTHING on the menu was vegetarian and/or vegan. We saw fish...we saw sushi...we saw pork, chicken, crab, ribs, even eel. Vegan eel! The bartender generously brought us samples of a few things (among them, Bourbon Chicken Spears - OMG) We were leaving town the next day but came back then anyways to enjoy a real meal. The menu items we sampled included: appetizers of Collard Green Roll (like an egg roll, but with vegan ham and collard greens - the ham tasted completely authentic!) and the Rock Shrimp Tempura. The shrimp was served up so beautifully that I had to take photos. It was presented in a martini glass on a bed of shaved radish noodles, with some kind of lighted base that slowly turned from blue to red and back again. It was a gorgeous, artful sight and also the most delicious 'fake' tempura shrimp we have ever tasted. Following that, we feasted upon their terrific Thai Cocount Soup (with soy chicken) and Tom Yam Soup (with soy shimp). Then, on to the sushi: Spicy Salmon Cucumber Roll (tasted like a spicy, ground 'real' salmon roll - amazing!) and a Dragon Roll (made with fake eel). Already stuffed, we finished with an entree of the Thai Mango Chilean Fish (lightly breaded soy fish fillets with mint, mango, lime and steamed veggies). At the end of the meal, we were served complimentary dishes of an amazing soy based yogurt/fruit cream that we both found indescribably refreshing and delicious. The service was far above quality and class both times. Presentation was immaculate and taste/healthfulness was considered in every bite. One would think that the prices would be as elegantly high as their food but this is not the case: the priciest main entree is $13. We are desperately hoping that they will one day open up a location in Los Angeles!

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