In my pre-vegan life I was a sushi addict, known on a first name basis in all the local sushi bars in my neighborhood. I have been a vegan sometimes raw vegan for over three years now, prompted by a medical scare which resulted in a mercury poisoning diagnosis. I had read about Shojin a japanese vegan, macrobiotic restaurant sometime ago and decided we would begin our Father’s Day celebration there. The only “sushi” I have had is an occasional tired veggie roll consisting of cucumber, avocado, and maybe a piece of asparagus. Shojin has an extensive sushi menu, but I was still skeptical thinking it would be a bunch of weird rolls filled with fake “meat”. I was pleasantly surprised!
Shojin is located in Little Tokyo in a multi-level key center. It is a quaint place filled with colorful art, romantic lighting, piped in Jazzy versions of popular songs, and my favorite detail-baskets under the chairs for purse storage. We started off ordering green tea mint mojitos which were delicious. We also had a pitcher of mint lemon water on our table, which was constantly refilled.
The menu was full of pictures and descriptions of all the items. Many of the selections are labeled “best one”, “best two” so that guests would know which items are most popular. We ordered appetizers to start our meal, “best one” pumpkin croquette, “best four” spicy rock shiitake tempura, and the apricot kale salad. We cleaned our plates and decided on some rolls. Everything was presented so beautifully.
All the rolls were full of flavor, there was no need to add soy sauce, wasabi or chili. Even my carnivore son Reggie was happy with the rolls.
We will certainly be dining at Shojin again.
Shojin is a perfect place to go with friends so that you can order a variety of things to taste. All of the items are also labeled gluten free, onion/garlic free, and raw, which makes ordering easy for any dietary concerns.
333 South Alameda Street, #310
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213 617 0305
Mon.-Thur 5:30-11:00 Fri. 5:30-12:00 Sat. 12:00-12:00 Sun. 12:00-10:00