Friday, November 5, 2010
Vegan College Tour..More LALALand (sorry Californians)
Well, I missed yesterday and I do apologize but Netflix movies and red wine were calling my name so..I will blog tommorrow even though it is my birthday and we only were committing to 5 days a week. I was initally going to dedicate this post to two of our culinary adventures but think I will focus on Shojin because this restaurant won my heart. I am even willing to sacrifice my child to a far away school simply to know I can eat here again next year.
This restaurant is located in an unassuming looking shopping mall in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo. But everything from the artwork, to the gracious and kind hosts and the incredible food make it a must go vegan destination in LA. This was our splurge meal with Appetizer, Entree and Dessert and nothing disappointed. My daughter is anti sushi much to my disapointment so our shared appetizer was the Shojin Ravioli with the oddly names Shojin ketchup. I say oddly named because it has a closer resemblance to a rich plum tomato sauce which perfectly balanced the delicate pasta filled with "cheese" rather than what I think of as ketchup. My daughter had the Orange Chicken Seitan pictured below:
She is still lamenting the fact that she forgot her leftovers in the refrigerator in our room at the Hilton Checkers. I had the Seitan Pepper Steak which was both flavorful and tender. Our entrees came with brown rice and mixed vegetables and were simply wonderful. For dessert we shared a Strawberry Shortcake which was one of the best desserts I have eaten anywhere. It consisted of a dense strawberry mousse stacked on a cacao mousse and topped with a creme. It was a raw dessert and incredibly tasty. As our server laughingly confessed "I like sweets." So we were in heaven. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this entire experience. The staff treat you like family or long lost friends. The food tastes amazing and the atmosphere is surprisingly lovely considering the mall location. If you have never eaten at Shojin you need to correct that situation right away!
Tommorrow I will wrap up our LA sojourn with a review of Babycakes LA, Veggie Soul and California Vegan. Toodles.