1386 Ninth Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412237.762476 -122.466096
Neighborhoods: Central West, Inner Sunset
exquisite Zen-like cuisine – Thanks for moving into my neighborhood! (9th/Irving)...
The food is exquisite, subtle and made with care. Quality (and 'Zen') comes to mind (e.g. there is no oil in my dish!). We asked for recommendations and liked all of the suggestions:
(1) Cha-ya delight -- a seasoned brown rice bowl with many interesting vegetables on it... a simple dish that is very well done. This is my favorite.
(2) Garden roll & vegan roll
(3) Tofu custard -- goes well with the rice bowl.
Our waitress also recommended these dishes which I'll try next time: Soba salad, Cha-ya nabe, Goma-ae (blanched spinach and broccolini with sesame dressing), Tonchi Nasu (stuffed eggplant tempura with a ginger glaze), Hangetsu (layered portabella mushroom and atsuage tofu with kiwi sauce), and Dengaku.
Service is very friendly (we got there 20 mins before closing and were welcomed and not rushed).
Love this place! A convenient place to take my friends and relatives out to dinner.
Vegan Japanese restaurant settles into the Inner Sunset. – This isn't Anthony Bourdain's sort of restaurant. The roomy Ninth Avenue venue specializes in Japanese cuisine that's free of meat, dairy and eggs--pretty much everything superstar chefs love to work with these days. But for the few San Franciscans left who are open to a bacon-less menu, the selection here is the tops: all-veg sushi rolls, light and crunchy tempura, an assortment of apps like gyoza and spring rolls that are lip-smacking good without the usual pork fillings. The atmosphere mirrors the food in being mindful of the body--it's quiet as a tea garden here, except for the floor-rattling N-Judah train that flies down Ninth Avenue every ten minutes. For a serene, animal-free meal that's also shockingly filling, Cha-Ya has little competition.
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