Itadaki Zen

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139 King's Cross Rd, London, England, WC1X 9BJ

Vegan Japanese restaurant in King's Cross. Emphasis is on organic and seasonal vegetables. Rice, root vegetables, seaweeds, soya beans, and soy by-products are recurrent ingredients in the cuisine. Also art gallery and weekend live music. Last seating 9:15pm. Lunch is cash only. Re-opened April 2017 after refurbishment. Open Mon-Fri 12:00am-3:00pm, Mon-Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out

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First Review by feorag

Fresh and tasty - Edit

Nice vegan sushi selection, very tasty sake, extra friendly service.

Had been meaning to go for ages, will go back to work on the rest of the menu soon.

Pros: 100% vegan

Cons: None

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happy - Edit

So happy not to have explain What vegan sushi cant contain... all stuff vegan makes it hard to decide.
Reservations recommended!!! The veggie tempura is awesome.

Pros: all vegan, fresh

Cons: slow service (evening filling restaurant, not for

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It's ok - Edit

Not impressed. Given the poverty of flavours in the traditional Japanese cuisine it's difficult to make good Japanese vegan food. The udon noodles with tofu had no taste at all. And the price is fairly outrageous.

Pros: None

Cons: Too expensive. Better go to nearby Mildred's if yo

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A special place - Edit

Itadaki Zen provides authentic Japanese food (as far as I can tell) and an authentic setting, and that's a rare thing in Europe.
There is not much space, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointments, since it's often full, too.
There are splendid set menus to choose from, in addition to that plenty of side dishes - you can order some of them and share, if you are there with other people. Everything is being freshly prepared (lunch is fairly quick though), so you might need to wait a bit. The portions aren't very big though.
Their udon is wonderful - their beer so-so.
The atmosphere is lovely, you feel really at home.
And on top of that: Everything is vegan, that's remarkable for a Japanese restaurant, I can't give them enough credit for that!

Pros: authentic, very friendly atmosphere and people, great food

Cons: crowded, expensive

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So good! a must have for Japanese food lovers! - Edit

Small place, packed to the rim with dinners. Not exactly in a prime location in London, so you will have to get there especially, but sooooo worth it!

Waiters have very basic english and you truly feel like you are in Japan.

And the food, oh the food, is to die for. Not only insanely pretty dishes, but so delicious!

A must!

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Wonderful Experience - Edit

We absolutely loved this restaurant. There is such a variety of side dishes and set meals that it makes it difficult to choose, and it is almost inevitable that one orders too much. That said, everything we tasted was lovely, with lots of interesting and fun things to try.

This place should definitely be on the "to do" list if in London, but make sure you book a table in advance: We had booked for a Saturday at 18.00 (we were hanging on the door at opening time), and within half an hour the place was almost full.

Pros: Vegan restaurant, Wide variety of things to taste

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Go for lunch - Edit

Great value lunch deals. I normally go for the tempura bento but recently tried the sushi for a change. Really delicious.

Pros: Lunch deals, Handy location - close to Kings X

Cons: Small space (but normally not too busy at lunch)

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Little bit of Vegan Asia in London - Edit

Loved everything about Ita. Was like going over to family for home cooked Vegan Asian. So authentic and loved it!!

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Delicious authentic Japanese food - Edit

Everything I've tried here is delicious. The food is all organic and quite healthy too. Definitely worth checking out if you like Japanese food but want to try something else besides sushi.

Pros: Tasty, Organic, Healthy

Cons: Bit salty

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excellent dinner - Edit

Small but very cozy place with wooden interiors and a quiet, laid back atmosphere. Food is beautifully presented and tastes great. Wide choice of dishes that won't make you miss the traditional japanese tastes. Attentive service.

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Real Izakaya experience - Edit

The ambience and the food make you feel you are at traditional Izakaya, which I had not experienced as a vegan, and I absolutely loved. The menu has many options from nigiri to donburi bowls to bento boxes and even tapas to share. My choice was a very generous bento box. The flavour was good but not mind-blowing. The service was appalling and the waitresses had zero knowledge of the food items. That said, they were super friendly so bless them. The cheesecake dessert my friend had was delicious but my "house cake" was the most boring food item I ever had at a restaurant, so don't ask for it.
Overall, I would go again because everything is organic, refined sugar free, mostly gluten free and cooked with love.

Pros: ambience, traditional Japanese food, organic

Cons: bad service

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Fabulous food - Edit

Lovely & rightly very popular little vegan Japanese restaurant. Friendly helpful staff & delicious food. Highly recommend.



Updated from previous review on 2017-05-18

Pros: Great food, Lovely staff, Nice decor

Cons: Popular - you might need to wait, Last orders 21.15, Need to be able to use chopsticks!

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Bad service - Edit

The service alone makes this place not worth it. We had to ask for water more than 3 times, we had to ask for the sake we ordered. We had to ask for a menu to order dessert and we had to ask to order dessert that was supposedly included.

The food was ok, nothing fancy or that tasty but tiny portions. The environment was nice but again, nothing unique or particularly outstanding.

The cherry on top was the 'service' charge that was added to our bill after receiving absolutely no service. I felt like a ghost there and I left feeling like I did something wrong by just asking for service. Spent over 50 quid and regret it so much. We could've used that to go have fun elsewhere. I could make better Japanese food at home and it would be 12 the price. So dissapointing.

Pros: Food was ok, All vegan , Ok atmosphere

Cons: Bad service, Tiny portions , Really expensive

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Decent - Edit

Nice atmosphere and well presented food but a little overpriced and lacking in interesting flavours.

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Nice varied Japanese menu - Edit

An interesting varied menu, lots of good stuff. There's nothing that directly replaces the "fishy flavours" (sushi, sashimi) you would see in a standard sushi place, but the variety and flavour is good nonetheless. The waiting staff were a bit incompetent and not particularly sorry about it.

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-05

Pros: Varied menu, Nice atmos

Cons: Service was disorganised

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Udon delicious - Edit

Delicious broth for the udon. Great location. Good prices for lunch, dinner menu looks pricey, but probably worth it. Will go again.

Pros: Large menu, Fresh food

Cons: Expensive

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Very Nice Vegan Sushi - Edit

Lovely Sushi Dinner with Delightful Staff in a Pleasant Environment!

Pros: Delicious Japanese Vegan Food, Pleasant Staff in a Very Nice Environment , Reasonable Number of Menu Options and Reasonably P

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Amazing vegan sushi - Edit

This restaurant itself is a nice cosy place, and the staff are very friendly. The food is simple, in-keeping with the restaurants ethos but it prepared perfectly and is very delicious. It is quite expensive so would recommend for a special dinner - great for fans of authentic sushi.

Pros: all vegan, authentic and tasty sushi and other Japanese dishe, nice atmosphere

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Great Food - Edit

An all vegan Japanese restaurant is a hard thing to find and this one is very good. The food was really tasty and the service and atmosphere was cosy. Make sure you reserve a table at weekends it can be really busy. Not the cheapest but a great place to eat.

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Delicious and authentic Japanese food - Edit

Loved this place. We had a udon set each, which we didn't think would be enough at first, but we knew we were wrong after finishing the bowls and plates. We shared a sesame pudding to finish and it was just perfect. A bit pricey but the food is all organic. We got what we ordered quickly, and everything was freshly prepared and tasty. The staff was very nice, even though the place was packed. Definitely recommend it. I travelled to Japan a couple of months ago and this place reminded me very much of Japan and some of the best meals I've had there. Better book a table in advance.

Pros: Organic, Sugar free desserts, Nice staff :-)

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Good concept but needs more creative recipes - Edit

Judging from the reviews I had high hopes for this place. The restaurant itself was small and cosy with a nice setting. The service was ok, nothing special. I ordered the 12 piece sushi set and friend got a bento set. Admittedly, I was hoping that for the price there would be a little more offered than strips of cucumber, asparagus and carrot on rice. The presentation was nice however. I tried the tempura on my friends set and it was good. But nothing strikingly special about the whole meal and it wasn't very filling. Glad i tried but don't think i'll be craving to go back.

Pros: Good concept, Nice atmosphere/cosy

Cons: Nothing special about the food, Pricey for what you get

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N°1 vegan in London - Edit

I have been travelling vegan Restaurant around the world and London. I can state they are my favorite, for their concept and their amazing food.

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good interestingly - Edit

Food was interesting and tasty.
Pricing a bitint high but I pay for good quality. Service disorganized and interior very simple.
It reminded me of my days as a college student.

Pros: food good

Cons: Service unprofessional, interior design

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Loved it! - Edit

It's not every day that you can find vegan Japanese food, so I have been wanting to try this place for ages. Finally got the chance on this most recent trip to London. It's such a novelty to look through a menu at a Japanese restaurant and not have to scrutinize the items in each dish.

The dining room is small but cute, and the staff are very courteous and friendly. The food was yummy and served in really cute little dishes and bowls.

I especially loved the sesame kanten dessert. Wow!

The only small disappointment in all of this is that they don't have matcha lattè anymore. But then that's something you can find in other places.

Pros: good food, cozy ambiance, cute dishes (a big bonus for me!)

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Wonderful experience - Edit

The place is small but very pleasant. Food was delicious, I like everything I tried but the spring rolls were so good that I took extra portion to go. I don't like sushi so I was affried there will be nothing for me to eat, but they have big choice of other japanese dishes.

Pros: great food not only for sushi lovers, friendly staff, nice relaxing place

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Amazing! - Edit

Really delicious food, amazingly presented, real attention to detail. A tiny restaurant so you sit quite close to other people. But a real treat, good for a special occasion.

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Delicious surprise! - Edit

I was staying in London and used Happy Cow to find something to eat. I'm so glad I gave this a try. The food was delicious. I had sushi and spring rolls. I'd love to go back as there were so many things on the menu I fancied!

Pros: huge amount of choice, tasty!

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