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Review: I joined a couple of friends for a fantastic lunch at the new Shojin location in Culver City. If you don't know, Shojin the restaurant is named after the practice of Buddhist temples in Japan serving vegan cuisine to the public. This practice is called Shojin Ryori. I had eaten numerous times at the downtown Shojin location, and this has been one of my favorite restaurants in the world since it opened. I was very excited to hear that Shojin had opened a Culver City location which is a mere 25 minute bike ride from where I live. The new branch of this restaurant is a bit smaller than the other location, and the decor is different, but I believe the menus are the same. The service at this restaurant is perfect. The waiting staff is very attentive, and don't overlook any details that make dining here an absolute pleasure. The food at Shojin is amazing, but quite expensive if you come in on an empty stomach. Here is what we ordered: Shojin fried egg roll, fried gobo with vegan mayo, apricot kale salad, edamame salad purple treasure sushi roll (with fried eggplant cubes on top), forest sushi roll (with fried broccoli florets on top), east sushi roll (with fried tofu cubes on top), orange seitan chicken entree with tofu and brown rice molten lava w/ vanilla ice cream, strawberry cheesecake w/ berry n' plum ice cream, genmatcha green tea The appetizers and portions here are relatively small, but what they lack in amounts they make up for in the unique flavors and perfect textures. The salads were subtle, yet delicious. My favorite dishes of this Shojin are their cut rolls. Each roll has its own unique personality and flavors, and are all just mouth-watering. A tremendous amount of care and detail is put into each dish, and I have yet to have a cut roll from Shojin that isn't a perfect "10". The desserts at Shojin are a wonderful treat and ending to one of the best meals I have ever had. The flavors and textures of the desserts are decadent and delightful, and the final chapter of our lunch left all of us on a high note. Shojin is not inexpensive, but the food quality and service is so amazing that I find the value here to be quite reasonable. I really love this restaurant! Thank you again, Shojin, for such a memorable afternoon.