Shojin - Downtown LA

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333 S Alameda St Unit 310, Los Angeles, California, USA, 90013

Vegan Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles Little Tokyo whose menu features a variety of vegetable sushi rolls plus salads, ramen, seitan entrees, and other creations. Intimate setting, on the 3rd floor of Little Tokyo Square shopping mall with parking in the plaza lot. Busy on weekend evenings so reserve ahead. Open Mon-Fri 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sat 12:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Take-out, Fusion, Gourmet

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First Review by button

fresh and top quality ingredients - Edit

I really enjoyed my dinner at Shojin. This place is a real Japanese eatery and the service you get is truly genuine. The food is fresh, light and top quality. I tried a couple of rolls and a spoonful of my friends ramen. My favourite dish was the black widow tempura roll by far, finding the rest ok but not special.
I also had the gf matcha cake dessert and it was nice but a bit too heavy and dense for my taste.

Pros: real Japanese eatery, wonderful service, top quality food

Cons: nothing truly special

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You will love this place! - Edit

Shojin makes art with food and it is not just looking amazing but also tasting delicious!
Considering that you get the atmosphere and service of a high class restaurant I wouldn't even consider it to be too pricey but this restaurant is definitely more of a pick for special occasions.

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vegan sushi!! - Edit

I love Shojin. It's pricey but exquisite. The service is always exceptional and the dishes and desserts are creative and tasty.

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Creative Rolls, Intimate Space - Edit

I had learned about this restaurant on HappyCow when it had first opened (2007?) and have eaten here numerous times since. Was here again in Dec 2016, here's my Shojin review update.

It seems that Shojin is constantly evolving, changing its menus, and adding new things. The current menu features a range of contemporary vegan Japanese cuisine: veggie sushi rolls, salads, soups and ramen noodle, and a couple of hot plates with seitan. Also on the menu are a range of beverages. The desserts always change, so you have to ask about it.

The space is rather small and intimate with very dim lights. The food is always well-prepared and presented.

I like the ramen noodle options as well the assorted vegetable sushi rolls. For the rolls, the sauce can get too salty, so I ask them to put the sauce on the side instead of a pour over.

Dessert-wise, I like their baked cakes.

The service is very good. Can get pricey, though. To me Shojin feels more like a special occasion outing, or a date night place, or if you have lots of money and enjoy spending it on yummy food, then definitely enjoy it here.

Pros: creative rolls, good service, nice space

Cons: i prefer less salt

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Amazing rolls! - Edit

Their rolls are amazing. My friend had one of their ramen bowls and it was great too. The only con is that it's a bit pricey. I know a lot of vegans are looking for good sushi so I think if they lowered the prices a bit it might be more appealing. Also the rolls are a little small for 14 bucks. Other than that would've been a 5 star review.

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remarkable - Edit

The food, ambiance, and stylish decor all make for a remarkable dining experience. The best vegan sushi I have ever had and the BBQ appetizer was amazing. The meat substitute on the BBQ was delicate but incredible flavor-able. A do not miss for vegan Japanese food!

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Best vegan restaurant in LA - Edit

The food here is very creative and delicious. I keep falling in love with this restaurant every single time that I've been back. The new menu kept the right items and introduced new ones. The multi-course fixed price dinners for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day are excellent and creative. Service is as friendly as usual.

Pros: The quality of the food, Attentive customer service, Decor and location

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best vegan sushi! - Edit

This place has fantastic creative vegan sushi creations! They also give you a tea that taste like vanilla.
Amazing experience!

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Excellent! - Edit

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food was great, the service was great. Try the special for two people.

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Most formal vegan restaurant experience.. - Edit

We had just arrived in L.A. and saw that the only vegan restaurant open was Shojin. We were incredibly thankful to have found somewhere to eat after travelling. I had never been to Little Tokyo and I absolutely loved it. You are immediately greeted and treated like a guest in a Japanese home, very respectfully. My chair was pulled out for me and my coat was taken. I had the best vegan sushi I had ever had. The pot stickers were delicious to start our meal.

Pros: Formal Dining Experience, Friendly Staff, Large Menu

Cons: Pricey

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Pricey but Tastey - Edit

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Los Angeles area. The food is consistently good. As much as the location is very inconvenient, it is a destination well worth the drive. This is in contrast to their Culver City location, which is lousy in both the service and quality of the food.

Pros: Flavorful, Beautiful Presentation, Knowledgable wait staff

Cons: Downtown in a shopping center, Expensive

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fabulous - Edit

Shojin has it all for vegan diners. The food was delicious and inventive. Service was impeccable. We enjoyed the the sushi rolls, especially the Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Yellow Magic Orchestra. The desserts were great - we had the Orange Chocolate Cake and the Sweet Potato Mochi. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable.

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delicious and romantic! - Edit

I went on a first date here. My date knew I was vegan and we found this little gem. Staff is so friendly. They definitely help give you a good experience. And the vibe is just so nice.
They have vegan cocktails! I tried the matcha Russian. Wow. So yummy!
Vegan sushi!! So good! Even my date liked it. Go here. It's great!

Pros: good service , friendly staff

Cons: pricey

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They get it - Edit

Everything I always wanted in Japanese fusion vegan style is here. It is phenomenal. I paid 65 and my daughter and I tried 6 things u see in pics. Great service great ambience. I can't wait to go back. The peach drink was amazing. I. We bought a 3 bags of their special cookies and they were yum. You have to try it for yourself. Southern CA rocks for vegans. the plum tart dessert tasted just right not to sweet not to tardy, my 5yr old approves. Great experience cor treating my 5yr old out as a reward for doing extra well in 1st grade.

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SO DELICIOUS!! - Edit

This place is amazing.. Service was exceptional and all of the food had amazing depth in flavor, fresh, beautifully presented. Really amazing.

Pros: Amazing food, Wonderful service, Very clean

Cons: Decor

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Very Special Veg Japanes dining in Little Tokyo LA - Edit

Because there are so many vegan places arounded LA we missed almost this one.
A owner from a nice small shop in Little Tokyo told us that we had to go to Shojin. She isn't vegan but this she loved too.
And she didn't dissappointed us! I took miso soup and seitan dish with orange. Was great. But the sushi's they look so so nice. They even flambé some.
The atmosphere is great. Cosy but real dining.
Funny thing about the location, it is in a shopping centre(3rd floor) and you wouldn't expect such a nice place here. We were lucky that we could come here because the place was full and we didn't reserve a table. Next time we go to LA we def. come back!

Pros: Great food, Vegan, Friendly staff

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Can't say enough about this place - Edit

One of my favorite restaurants IN THE WORLD. Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, beautiful presentation, and typically Japanese service. I absolutely love this place. Every veg*n should eat here once in their lives!

Pros: Very creative sushi, Delicious food, Romantic atmosphere

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amazing ! ! ! - Edit

It was the best food I've ever have! It was just perfect, subtle and beautiful.

Pros: organic, Nice staff, lovely place

Cons: expensive..but it worth the chef's cuisi

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Yummmmmmy - Edit

The restaurant is ok a bit expensive but not so much when we see what we have, but it was really magic. Every plates were so beautiful and so tasty. Perfect.

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An instant favorite! - Edit

We finally made it to Shojin and, wow...

Nearly everything about this place is first class. A warm welcome, a tastefully designed space, great service, and some of the most delicious, creative, and salubrious Japanese food we've had anywhere (including Japan) — and organic ingredients to boot.

Ordering was a challenge because i wanted to eat the whole menu. But we eventually narrowed it down to two appetizers and three sushi rolls. We love everything, but our favorites were these:

- Spicy rock shiitake tempura
- Shishito peppers and crispy tofu
- Spicy baked scallop roll

Also good: Daikonic roll, and Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon

For dessert, we had the best green tea ice cream (vegan) we've ever had.

All the food was well presented, and some of the dishes are culinary art. Service was perfect: warm and very attentive without being obtrusive. The place isn't cheap, but it's a bargain considering the stellar quality of the organic ingredients, haute-cuisine preparation, and excellent service.

The canned music wasn't to our taste, but everything else certainly was, so it's a solid 5 very Happy Cows.

They validate parking in the Little Tokyo Shopping Center for up to 2 hours, which is a big plus in this area. Park on the 4th level for convenience (there's a bridge that crosses directly to the top floor of the mall, where Shojin is located).

Enjoy!

Pros: Exquisite and creative dishes, organic ingredients, great service

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Best Vegan Sushi - Edit

I went to shojin about a year ago with my family and it was delicious! I had their dynamite sushi, and two others one was made from eggplant and the other was imitation crab. I didn't like the eggplant too much because of the texture. The crab was yummy but so filling I couldn't finish all of the rolls. The dynamite sushi rolls were my favorite by far. Even better was the soup there. My family tried a little of everything and they were very impressed. The food is wonderful but it is expensive. So make sure you plan your budget accordingly. I would come here again on very special occasions. The restaurant is elegant and classy definitely a place I would go to on a date or with close friends. Its also a little bit small but that is not an issue at all! This is still one of the best restaurants I've been to, especially for the sushi. Not to mention the staff gave me a complimentary peach tea that was also wonderful.

Pros: Delicious, Friendly Staff, Customer Servicr

Cons: Expensive , Dim

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Fun, Adventurous Rolls And Adorable Staff - Edit

I love sushi - it was my favorite food all growing up until I went vegan. Most times, veg rolls at conventional Japanese joints lack inspiration. None of that here. The Pirates of the Crunchy, and others are delicious and surprising. Some stuff is a little heavy, but on the whole, super yummy. Items from the rest of the menu are good too, and the native Japanese staff are sweet and attentive.

Pros: Innovative, Elegant

Cons: Rich, Not Too Much Gluten Free

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Bait and Switch - Edit

We received an email offer from Shojin for a Christmas Day dinner - I copied and pasted the following:
Special Five-Course Christmas Menu:
Soup / Salad / Sushi / Entree / Complimentary Dessert
$48 per person
We made reservations for two. When we came in, we were told that we get ONE dessert included! We were too embarrassed to argue, as we had no written proof on hand. We paid $10 extra for the second dessert.
Coming home and checking my email, I realized that we should have received TWO desserts indeed. I emailed them a complaint, expecting a quick apology and an offer for a dessert on our next visit.
After a month of futile email exchanges, I received an apology "that we did not make everything clear in the original email" - but their original email was very clear. They offered nothing else.

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Very Romantic - Edit

If you are looking for some Vegan romance check out Shojin. It is so hard to find a vegan restaurant with a nice ambiant atmosphere and when my husband and I discovered Shojin we knew where to spend Valentine's Day.

Pricey but worth it, especially for nice occassions. The food is truly to die for! Do yourself a favor and save up so you can indulge in a three course meal here. It is located inside a mall, which was really weird at first, but once we stepped inside the restaurant they very cleverly made us forget all about it.

We cannot wait to check out their new location in Culver City!

Pros: Amazing Cuisine, Romantic Ambiance, High quality service

Cons: Inside a mall

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Spectacular meal, atmosphere and experience! - Edit

A resident of Philadelphia, I am extremely fortunate to have the restaurant Vedge at my fingertips whenever I want (which isnt often enough) but Shojin easily gives Vedge a run for its money. Even with a non-vegan boyfriend, we were both blown away by the food and experience! In the middle of a weird Japanese shopping mall, once you step through the curtained entrance, there is no looking back. The dimly lit but beautiful interiors are first striking but once the food hits your mouth its over. We so enjoyed the Asian inspired appetizers, two rolls and dessert (chocolate cake) which was fantastic! The staff was incredibly kind and attentive and best of all, the prices were very reasonable. If you are anywhere within 50 miles of LA, you must pay a visit to Shojin!

Pros: Unbelievable food, Great value, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Location

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Unique and delicious - Edit

I was so delighted when my brother took me to to this vegan sushi restaurant when I visited him in LA earlier this month. I could not believe how good the vegan rolls were! I wish there were more places like this. It was packed and service was friendly. I will definitely go back.

Pros: Excellent food, friendly staff, good value

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no oil , forks over knives or mcdougall possible - Edit

We are Oil Free vegans...following forks over knives/mcdougall diet plans is challenging. My first ? was what has no oil...the waiter didn't get that request often I could tell ...but with a little thought he helped us pick out a few selections and even had the chef make a no oil dressing for our sushi and salads...delish! The meal was ended with a delightful complimentary fruit dish w/ a candle. They took our picture- giving it back to us in a nice little card! Maybe a little pricey but nice to go somewhere that people tried to think outside the box and help you eat at their restaurant instead of expecting you to just make an exception that night! Not too many choices....good amount of oil, frying and veg margerine in deserts....yikes! healthy??? not even but their attitude and service and willingness to rise to occasion makes me give them a high rating.

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