Itadakizen

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

Vegan Japanese restaurant with branches in Japan and UK - this one is in King's Cross. Serves tapas style Japanese classics like grilled onigiri, vegan sushi, noodles, and tofu-steaks. Rice, root vegetables, seaweeds, soya beans, and soy by-products are recurrent ingredients in the cuisine. Also art gallery and weekend live music. Lunch is cash only. Open Mon-Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm, Tue-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out

108 Reviews

First Review by feorag

nice local - Edit

great to have real Japanese flavours nearby in London. the bento box is a lovely lunchtime treat in a laid back atmosphere

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Simple but tasty - Edit

Had the £10 bento box from their lunch menu, and the side dishes offered were quite delicious. The interior was cute, and it's a convenient walk from King's Cross station. Can't wait to try other things from their menu.

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Friendly and tasty lunch spot - Edit

Yummy, simple, vegan japanese food. The lunch bento box is a delicious, light meal option.

Pros: Great lunch deal (you save a lot), Homely, friendly atmosphere

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Lovely - Edit

Really good value, fantastic quality food and friendly staff.

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lovely vegan Japanese food - Edit

Great food, just aim to get there for the lunch menu or you’ll be paying almost twice the price for the same amount of food

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Excellent food - Edit

My order was placed shortly after 6 pm and was served quickly. I had the Bento Box to try a mixture of dishes. What a good meal! Very well done shredded-vegetable Kakiage tempura and dipping sauce, a small bowl of good miso soup, tofu in a light sauce, green salad with tasty vinaigrette, seaweed condiment, spring roll and six pieces of Kimpab roll sushi. They add 10% gratuity to the bill. They discount bills by 10% if you pay in cash.

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-19

Pros: all vegan, quick service, delicious food

Cons: closed 3-6 pm, often the time I want to eat

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Vegan Japanese - Edit

I love Japanese food but Japanese food doesn't love me: fish/dashi is often used as a base and I often feel frustrated in Japanese restaurants.
I loved Itadaki for that, I could choose from the all menu.
The place is nice, quite authentic. I was with a Japanese friend and she approved of the food.
Diner is a bit expensive maybe but they have cheap lunch options.

Pros: Vegan Japanese food, Atmosphere, Tasty food!

Cons: Diner a bit expensive

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Really nice food - Edit

The food here is very good, and food always tastes better when you're at an all-vegan restaurant. There's a lot of choices and on weekdays lunches the prices are very reasonable.

Pros: Good food, Nice lunch prices

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Great - Edit

Beautiful food verging on the minimalist but with great integrity. One of London's best.

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Amazing! - Edit

Great sushi and dishes!

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Keeps getting better - Edit

Can occasionally be hit & miss, but I think this place is getting a lot better & I've really enjoyed my last couple of meals here.

Pros: Vegan Japanese, Friendly staff

Cons: a bit drab inside

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so good - Edit

Really great delicious and healthy vegan Japanese food.

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Just like Japan - Edit

I was surprised to find a Japanese restaurant that tastes like it could be in Japan. Delicious food and desserts with a lovely setting. Service was okay, but it took a long time to get tea or a teapot refill.

Cons: slow tea service

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Variety is the spice of life... - Edit

Had a lovely dinner here with my mum and partner. Glad I booked in advance. Food was well made, prompt and friendly service. This place deserves the rating and if I'm ever craving Asian food... I know exactly where to go :)

Pros: Nice Vibe, Good portions, Good service

Cons: Limited Seating space, a bit pricey

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Excellent food! pricey though! - Edit

I loved the food in this place. It was filling and tasty. Only con is that it is pretty pricey, so I’ve only been here once. Average per head cost is probably around the £17-20 mark. Worth a visit as a treat, but unless you are rich, not a place you can keep going back to often!

Pros: excellent food

Cons: expensive

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Amazing Tempura & noodles - Edit

Love this place! Really tasty food and lovely staff. Visited recently and tried the tempura which was crispy and salty and a good variety of veggies, the okara (fried tofu and veggie balls) which were really tasty and we both had tofu noodle bowls which were awesome! The broth was delicious and the tofu was really tasty too, combined with chewy fat noodles it was heaven. The plum wine was really tasty too would definitely recommend that!

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Delicious vegan Japanese cuisine - Edit

The food here is always of the highest quality. They serve generous portions so there is no worry of coming out from this restaurant unsatisfied or hungry.

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Love this place - Edit

So nice to come here when I'm in London. It's healthy and comforting food I look forward to each time. I like to get the udon, seaweeds, and green beans, but everything has always been good.

Pros: healthy, satisfying

Cons: little pricy

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Simple but Yummy - Edit

Visited for dinner, and we had the Tempura Course set.

The food was simple but delicious, with the same taste as if you'd have it in Japan (except perhaps for the sushi, which could have had a bit of wasabi).

The staff was friendly and the service was good.
Booking a table in advance is highly recommendable.

Pros: authentic japanese

Cons: none

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Amazing food, great atmosphere - Edit

I got the sushi. I think each were infused with a different flavour - I can't remember what they all were but I remember one was garlic. Amazing. My friends' food were amazing too.

I booked for one person because I didn't know if my friends could come but they found a place for the three of us to sit. We were seated at the bar underground with a pretty cool vibe to the whole thing. They also had brilliantly terrible cover songs of classics such as Bohemian Rhapsody playing and the three of us were entertained all evening trying to guess what on earth the songs were supposed to be. The music was perhaps the highlight of the whole experience hahaha.

Pros: Amazing food, Great astmosphere, Friendly staff.

Cons: It is busy so book in advance

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authentic japanese - Edit

Perfect experience, need to comeback again!

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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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