762 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese

Neighborhoods: Mission Dolores
Cuisine: Japanese, Lunch, Gluten Free

Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese is a Japanese, Lunch, and Gluten Free restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 7/27/2017

    A Japanese chowhound from San Francisco, CA tried it.

  • 5/02/2015

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it and liked it.

  • 12/28/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/22/2013

    A diner from Los Banos, CA tried it and liked it.

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tommers

 Mountain View, CA
 

Often good but often bland

Cha-Ya is one of those vegan restaurants that has been hit or miss with me. Sometimes I’m very happy with the healthy and simple dishes here. Other times I leave feeling like an ascetic. There’s a lot of talent in the kitchen and if you like Japanese and are vegetarian, coming here is a no-brainer… but if you’re looking to put the smack-down on meat-eating friends who can’t imagine sushi or any other meal without meat, you probably won’t leave with converts.

The tofu custard moon garden ($8.50) is one of the best dishes, with a soft eggy tofu filled with vegetables like a little garden. The eggplant and tofu with miso sauce ($8.50) is tremendous, with soft succulent eggplant elegantly plated and a sweet plum like miso sauce. The deep-fried veggie sticks ($5.75) were tasty as expected for fried food, but the rolls I’ve tried didn’t impress and fell apart easily. The soups are good, but not great, and there’s really no point in getting dessert here with so many mission options around.

Tofu custard moon garden

One of the dishes. It has a soft eggy tofu filled with vegetables like a little garden.

Eggplant and tofu with miso sauce

This disk is packed with flavor. It has soft succulent eggplant elegantly plate and sweet plum-like miso suace it the star of the dish.

Deep-fried veggie sticks

There were tasty as expected for fried food.

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chowhoundista

 Oakland, CA
 

Amazing...never boring or bland

This place is so good you’ll forget its vegan. I was skeptical at first but now I am a convert. Try their mushroom soup, the cha-ya roll and the sushi rice with veggies on top. Everything has deep flavors and leaves you feeling full and healthy.

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