Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar

This place opened up recently in SF, near the armory on Mission St. It’s beautifully designed and feels expansive while being relatively small. We ordered a wide range of items, most of which were delicious.

  • The ramen was very satisfying. The spicy garlic broth was very reminiscent of traditional ramen broths.
  • The croquettes were made with sweet potato, a welcome spin on a traditional dish.
  • The Colonels Pipe roll, complete with an authentic tasting cream cheese, was super yummy.
  • The small plate of corn on the cob tasted fine but seemed altogether too expensive for what it was.

All in all, I would totally recommend going.

Chipotle’s Sofritas – ok


I had the opportunity to sample Chipotle’s Sofritas yesterday. The first bite was my last. I was, in a word, underwhelmed. The texture threw me off. Tiny pebble sized bits of tofu squeaking between my teeth. Perhaps, it’s better inside a burrito. I would make the pieces larger and add a rougher texture infused with more flavor.

It could be my bias against Chipotle. Their food, in general, is just ok. Why would Sofritas be any different? It’s a shame because I love tofu, especially hodo tofu. I do applaud their efforts for using sustainable foods (in whatever percentage that may actually be) and for creating a vegan dish which is very much appreciated. Sadly, Sofritas just don’t live up to their potential.