Sushi is VERY gluten-free friendly; rice is naturally gluten free, so unless the restaurant adds malted vinegar to the rice, you are good to go! Vegan sushi, however, is not too common! Introducing Shojin with locations Downtown and Culver City. Shojin does the impossible and serves organic, natural and vegan specialty sushi rolls and guarantees a Japanese dining experience unlike any other…
The first thing to note about Shojin is that the food is amazingly flavorful. The impeccable service and gorgeous presentation is just the icing on the cake, or should I say the rice on the roll. Shojin features truly gourmet sushi with choices that will satisfy both the hungriest of diners and people aiming for a lighter meal. No sushi outing is complete without a miso soup starter, and Shojin offers four variations! From french onion to kale and carrot, Shojin features flavors that will prepare your palate for a interesting sushi experience. To start, the Dumpling Darlings stuffed with yamaimo potatoes and mushrooms and wrapped in a yuba tofu skin provided a healthier take on traditional Japanese dumplings. Surprisingly, Shojin’s fish substitutions would have you fooled. From spicy tofu to barbeque seitan, you wouldn’t even know the fish was missing in the first place! For Shojin, avocado and cucumber rolls don’t cut it. Innovative substitutions such as eryngii mushrooms sliced to mimic scallops and marinated seitan substituted for ‘eel’ is what you’ll find instead! For a spicy kick with a sweet flare try the Dynamite Roll featuring spicy tofu and avocado, with spicy mayo and a mango sauce. At the Culver City Shojin location, everything is 100% gluten free and at the Downtown location, everything is gluten free except for select ramen dishes, but the dishes that use flour noodles can be made with brown rice noodles instead!
Shojin is the future of sushi, and is tasty for non-vegans and vegans alike! With phenomenal food and service, and an atmosphere to match, Shojin will satisfy all of your sushi cravings without busting your nutrition goals or restrictions. My kind of sushi restaurant!