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Review: Vegetarians know how hard it can be to find veggie Japanese food, so we felt pretty happy to find a place where we could order anything off the menu without question. The restaurant is very pleasantly cosy, though perhaps not as visually attractive as their Web site had led me to believe. The food itself is perfectly reasonable: small portions presented quite well, tasty and fresh, and simple. However, and it somewhat pains me to say this, nothing we had really stood out; we left not convinced we'd be back. It may be that we're a bit spoiled after having had the Zen temple vegetarian meals in Kyoto, which set a spectacular standard for Japanese (and indeed any) vegetarian food. If you haven't had those, and are curious to go beyond the ubiquious veggie tempura, definitely give Itadaki Zen a try. But if you still remember your Kyoto meals, you could maybe give this place a pass.