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12406 Washington Blvd. (Centinela Ave.) Send to Phone
A nondescript building on the very west side of Culver City is home to elegant vegan cuisine with a Japanese influence.
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Shojin Restaurant Review

: It’s easy to pass right by Shojin, a sign-less building in the continually burgeoning area of west Culver City. In fact, the only indication of the restaurant is a large yet somehow subtle painting of a lotus root, located near the front door. Inside, the atmosphere is subdued, with flower-themed artwork and attentive service. A Japanese vegan menu is separated into four different sections --- appetizers, soups and salads, rolls and entrées --- of which servers recommend a dish from each. Kabocha pumpkin is a comforting start, the crispy fried shell of each slice giving way to a soft, slightly creamy interior of delicate squash, all coated in a light dusting of sea salt and cinnamon. Apricot and kale salad is a very simple combination, highlighted by crushed pistachios. All sushi rolls are made with high-grade brown rice, with a list that includes the winning “green forest” (an avocado-wrapped roll filled with asparagus and carrots, and topped with tempura-fried bulbs of broccoli). To finish, Shojin pizza is a surprisingly rich dish of potato and rice crust with matchstick-size vegetables and mushrooms, graced with a creamy white sauce. A small selection of wine and saké is available.

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