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Restaurants, Japanese Mission Dolores
4 out of 5 stars
Soba salad at Cha-Ya
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/digiyesica Soba salad at Cha-Ya

Many of the complaints about vegan cooking revolve around limited options or dishes that try to mimic (often unsuccessfully) chicken or beef. Cha-Ya suffers from neither of these disadvantages. The vegan Japanese restaurant offers more than 40 original items—none of which feels like it would benefit from the addition of meat. Dishes such as curry udon with vegetables in a hearty broth; stuffed eggplant, tofu and mushrooms with miso-dengaku glaze; and taka-sui—gyoza dumplings with vegetables and noodles in broth—are richly flavored, supremely fresh and satisfyingly filling. The generous sushi menu features creative specialties such as the Cha-Ya Roll, filled with asparagus, avocado, yam and carrots, then lightly battered and fried, tempura style, and topped with a house sauce. 


Venue name: Cha-Ya
Address: 762 Valencia St
San Francisco

Cross street: at 19th St
Opening hours: Monโ€“Thu noonโ€“2:30pm, 5:30โ€“9:30pm; Fri, Sat noonโ€“3pm, 5โ€“10pm; Sun noonโ€“3pm, 5โ€“9:30pm
Transport: BART to 16th St Mission/bus 14, 33, 49
Price: Main courses: $10โ€“$12
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