7 Reviews

First Review by VeganBeHappy

OPEN NOW?!!! - Edit

After finally making it over to Oban, and really looking forward to visiting this restaurant, we were extremely disappionted to find signs in every window saying they would be open in the Summer! I appreciate that this is Scotland, and Summer is fleeting, but I thought they would have been open in July! The locals didn't seem to know what was happening with the place either, so I would definitely ring first if planning to visit!

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Ring before you visit - Edit

Very excited to eat here, but when we visited over the May bank holiday weekend we were met with a sign in the window saying they're closed until summer 2015.

Highly recommend you ring up to check they're actually open before you visit.

Pros: None

Cons: Closed

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Great disappointment - Edit

We have been to Itadaki Zen in Oban 2 years ago. It was the first time I had vegan Sushi and I really enjoyed it.

So I was looking forward to going there again this year. But when we arrived in Oban in the beginning of June we found the restaurant closed. They had a note in the window stating that they will be closed for refurbishment from the day we arrived until 10th July – after being closed for the “winter” season from October 2013 until late May 2014. What a letdown!

Currently, they are stating on their home page (http://itadakizenoban.jimdo.com/) that they will be open from 17th July 2014 and that you should visit their restaurant in London. Yeah, right, that’s what we will do. Why not drive more than 500 miles to eat out?

Nevertheless, I hope they will be open when we come back to Oban next year.

Cons: Closed

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amazing! - Edit

Having eaten completely out of grocery stores during our week in the highlands, we were shocked to find a fully organic, vegan place in Oban. It's small and off the main drag, and was pretty empty. The menu is limited, but fun. It's a little pricey, but I think that's just the UK— about 14£ for a 4-course meal (soup, a side dish, a main dish, and dessert), or you can order à la carte. Highly recommend.

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Only vegan restaurants within 100 miles... - Edit

Oban is not a place where I would ever expect a vegan restaurant. This makes Itadaki Zen outstanding.

Since we were stuck in Oban for a few days we even went there twice and nearly ordered the whole menu between the two of us (sharing the food, so I could try everything). I actually really liked everything: the sushi, maki, udon, miso soup, spring roles, salad with peanut sauce (very yummy!) etc.

Unfortunately, service is totally unprofessional and slow (they even forgot to open the restaurant and only did so when they finally realized we were waiting outside). Personally, I didn't mind that because I was very happy to get such good vegan food in an otherwise not so vegan-friendly town (seafood everywhere).

They still have no licence but you can BYO.

Pros: all vegan, very good Japanese food

Cons: slow service

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Not quite the Zen experience we were hoping for... - Edit

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!

Pros: Family run, Authentic food, Vegan and Zen focus

Cons: Poor service, Variable food quality, Strange ambience

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Amazing discovery in a breathtaking landscape - Edit

After a trip in the amazing Scotland, we arrived to Oban. Here we found this Itadaki-Zen restaurant that just started last September. It is the second such restaurant, the first being in London.

The decoration is really nice and comfortable. The menu is completely vegan and has a wide choice of sushi dishes (the ones we tried were really tasty), starters, main dishes, several desserts!! And surprisingly good "teas" (they actually don't have tea leaves, instead they are made of bamboo leaf or grain tea with soy milk). The menu has interesting information regarding the Zen culture, how they cook and their traditions, definitively take a good look at it since you can learn new things as we did.

Overall, if you want to have a nice experience and try something different, you should try this restaurant. It impressed us.

Pros: Decoration, Varied food

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