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Shojin Organic & Natural

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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Spicy "tuna" on crispy rice at Shojin
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Spicy shiso tempura at Shojin
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Dynamite Roll at Shojin
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Dynamite Roll at Shojin
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Orange chicken seitan at Shojin
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Shojin
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Shojin
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Shojin
Downtown

Yes, Shojin is eccentric. Located on the third floor of an indoor mall in Little Tokyo, this pretty Japanese restaurant has very specific instructions for seating and bag placement: handbags are placed in a designated basket next to your table and a portfolio of exuberant pro-vegan cartoons make an appearance at the beginning of the menu. But almost everything on that bill of fare is excellent and instead of wheat-based faux meats, Shojin uses tofu and tempeh, along with a interesting range of veggie and grain substitutions. For example, a mix of quinoa, miso and vegan-mayo make for an interesting and tasty topping on the traditional Dynamite roll, which we can’t get enough of. Other Japanese dishes are easily vegan like versions of tempura, fried shishito pepper and seaweed salad, as well as savory ramen and miso soup.

Venue name: Shojin Organic & Natural
Address: 333 S Alameda St
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 213-617-0305
Website: http://www.theshojin.com/
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5:30-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm
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