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Review: Went for lunch at Masao's Kitchen, excited to try one of the few vegan restaurants in the area. This is a small restaurant that seats 20. We walked in and waited and didn't know if someone would seat us or should we go to the counter or what? Finally I asked and was told to grab a plate and then they would weigh it and we would pay. They should post these directions somewhere in the restaurant because I imagine some come and leave without asking. I tried a little bit of almost everything: Seitan cutlets, BBQ tofu, brown rice, chickpeas, broccoli and kale, squash with onions and radish, hijiki and carrots, and the potato and cauliflower salad. Two plates of food and one drink came to $18 and my partner had very little on his plate. The food was good, but not great. Reminds me of some of the first vegetarian food I ever had years ago that was plain and often left me explaining to meat eaters that vegetarian and vegan food REALLY is good. The BBQ tofu is in a tomatoey type sauce, but I can't call it BBQ. The seitan cutlet was chewy, cold, and had no taste. The brown rice, broccoli and kale, and chickpeas were good. The squash was too die for and probably the highlight of my meal. I would never have thought to put radish in with squash, but it works. The potato and cauliflower salad was good as well, but needed a little more something to punch up the flavor. I wouldn't classify this restaurant as one of my all time favorites, but it was close by and offered food I can eat so for that I am appreciative. For the lack of modern type food to highlight what vegan food can be and what it has become, I will relegate this restaurant to the bottom of list for only if I can't go elsewhere. Sorry! This restaurant has so much potential that it saddens me that they can't see what they could become if they worked harder to improve some basic things like decor, customer service, food quality and if they food on the buffet was hot and not served room temperature.