Respond to Review of Itadaki Zen
Review: A strange place this. Very obviously family run, and charming for that, but because of it there are problems that undermine an interesting concept. Because all of the food is "home cooked" and eaten by the family, it is obviously fresh and authentic. However, though some of the food is very nice, some of it is not so good. For example the sushi was rather uninteresting and a soya-bean paste wrapped in green leaves was rather over salty; a pudding 'muffin' was dry and musty. On the other hand, highlights were the flavoursome rice, crispy pancakes and miso soup base to the udon noodles. Unfortunately the whole experience was let down by the ambience (over simple) and service (though charminly provided by granny and daughter of the family, it was very slipshod e.g. not clearing the table before serving desert). A whole sheet of alcoholic beveridges were promised but it turns out the place does not have a licence. So overall a disappointing experience from a place that with a bit more attention to ambience rather than total authenticity could be quite a hit. Nevertheless, as the only totally vegan place in Oban, you'd be mad not to try it!