Itadaki zen Restaurant

fully Fully VEGETARIAN
fully Fully VEGAN
options ORGANIC options
Japanese

Opening Times

Mon-Thu 11am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun Closed

Contact

Telephone: 02072783573

Website: http://www.itadakizen.com

Email: Contact Itadaki zen Restaurant

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Location

139 KING'S CROSS ROAD WC1X 9BJ

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In reply to Lisa Li's review below, which states that they use fish sauce in some of their food whilst labelling it as vegan. Now what follows is important information that many vegetarians and vegans aren't unfortunately aware of: This is in fact completely illegal. Labelling food incorrectly is an offence under both the food labelling act and the food safety act. By labelling food as vegan they have entered into a legally binding contract to supply food that is vegan. Previous cases of mislabelling food have resulted in fines of up to 5 figures. Personally I have had a recent successful experience, after turning up to a Thai restaurant where all of the 'vegetarian' dishes had shrimp powder or oyster sauce in I got in touch with trading standards, who confirmed the legal position and sent environmental health officers to the restaurant for a visit to force them to change their menu. The following is the official Food Standards Agency definition of vegetarian and vegan, anyone who does not abide by this is opening themselves up to prosecution: - Vegetarian The term �vegetarian� should not be applied to foods that are, or are made from, or with, the aid of products derived from animals that have died, have been slaughtered, or animals that die as a result of being eaten. 'Animals' means farmed, wild or domestic animals, including for example, livestock poultry, game, fish, shellfish, crustacea, amphibians, tunicates, echinoderms, molluscs and insects. - Vegan The term 'vegan' should not be applied to foods that are, or are made from, or with, the aid of animals or animal products (including products from living animals). http://www.food.gov.uk/news/pressreleases/2006/apr/vegan (note that this definition also covers use of animal rennet in cheese) Please take note and make every effort to remind restaurants of their legal obligations, it's the only way they'll learn! Negative Ian H
Mon, 09 Aug 2010 07:33:25 +0100
I really enjoyed the place and the choice provided. Thanks a lot to the team, great service! I highly recommand this restaurant! Positive N. DF
Thu, 13 May 2010 20:49:00 +0100
Itadaki means ‘to take the food life’; zen means ‘to fix, to mend’. The primary end of the Itadaki-zen cuisine is not merely an agreeable taste, but its healing qualities. The Itadaki-zen restaurant was born from the need to provide a source of food which integrates into a cycle of sustainability. The goal is to reach a state in which the restaurant can self-produce its own vegetables following farming methods which are themselves sustainable for the wider ecosystem. Our Cuisine favors the use of organic ingredients and tries to employ only seasonable grown vegetables. However, the Itadaki-zen agricultural approach targets beyond the bounded and often misleading organic standards, towards a form of agriculture developed with and for nature. Rice, root vegetables, seaweeds, soya beans and by-products, are recurrent ingredients in our cuisine because deemed to be essential for a sanitary and strong metabolism. “Slow food” characterizes the cuisine preparation, reflecting appreciation and care in the making of each dish. Food is always prepared with traditionally harvested Korean and French sea salt. Price are very reasonable, from £2.40 to £5.00 the side dishes, from £6 to £8 the substantial dishes. The former include shira-ae (£2.40), a white salad made of seasonal vegetables with tofu and a thick sauce. Smooth and comforting, it has a rich flavour and comforting texture. The Hijiki-no-nimono (£3.40) looks like sea urchin but is actually warm simmered seaweed with fried tofu and vegetables. The latter include chapche which are fried noodles made from sweet potato. Sticky and savoury, their brown transparent appearance is tantalizing. The same is true for the zara udon with kakiage tempura (£5.50), these white, slippery noodles are served cold with vegetable tempura and come accompanied by shoyu sauce with sesame seeds, spring onion and wasabi. The atmosphere is warm and very organic! Walls have been made with a mix of sand, lime and straw (like the Romans). Pine wood makes up much of the structure of the restaurant, including the counter, the tables and the Japanese Zen garden. The entrance is covered with bamboo. The outside pavement has been made using stones taken from the River Thames. All comes from nature; all of your senses will feel the organic. Itadaki-zen desires to be a cultural place made of sharing and personal experience with food, Art and people. Artistic events are held periodically, such as Art exhibition and live Jazz music. The restaurant performs and sustains several social actions and tries to involve others to join them. Neutral Luca Urbano
Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:44:23 +0000
Hello, I went to this place last week, and was very disappointed. They say "fully vegan" but then they use anchovies sauce in some dishes! They say it's because "it's a Japanese tradition" - which does not make any sense, as it is a Japanese tradition to eat fish and meat too. I am very disappointed that this restaurant is trying to profile itself as "Europe's First Organic and Vegan Japanese Restaurant" (taken from their website), but then they use a fish-based product? Very confusing, and disappointing, and I hope you will make a note of this on your website, as once at the restaurant, the menu does not really state which dishes contain anchovies sauce. Why call yourself "vegan", when you obviously do not care about vegan values? Vegans are very specific about what they eat, and which restaurants they go to, so this just does not feel right. Best regards Negative Lisa Li
Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:21:51 +0000
The Itadaki-zen restaurant was born from the need to provide a source of food which integrates into a cycle of sustainability. The goal is to reach a state in which the restaurant can self-produce its own vegetables following farming methods which are themselves sustainable for the wider ecosystem. Our Cuisine favors the use of organic ingredients and tries to employ only seasonable grown vegetables. However, the Itadaki-zen agricultural approach targets beyond the bounded and often misleading organic standards, towards a form of agriculture developed with and for nature. Rice, root vegetables, seaweeds, soya beans and by-products, are recurrent ingredients in our cuisine because deemed to be essential for a sanitary and strong metabolism. “Slow food” characterizes the cuisine preparation, reflecting appreciation and care in the making of each dish. Food is always prepared with traditionally harvested Korean and French sea salt. Price are very reasonable, from £2.40 to £5.00 the side dishes, from £6 to £8 the substantial dishes. The former include shira-ae (£2.40), a white salad made of seasonal vegetables with tofu and a thick sauce. Smooth and comforting, it has a rich flavour and comforting texture. The Hijiki-no-nimono (£3.40) looks like sea urchin but is actually warm simmered seaweed with fried tofu and vegetables. The latter include chapche which are fried noodles made from sweet potato. Sticky and savoury, their brown transparent appearance is tantalizing. The same is true for the zara udon with kakiage tempura (£5.50), these white, slippery noodles are served cold with vegetable tempura and come accompanied by shoyu sauce with sesame seeds, spring onion and wasabi. The atmosphere is warm and very organic! Walls have been made with a mix of sand, lime and straw (like the Romans). Pine woods make up much of the structure of the restaurant, including the counter, the tables and the Japanese Zen garden. The entrance is covered with bamboo. The outside pavement has been made using stones taken from the River Thames. All comes from nature; all of your sense will feel the organic. Positive Luca
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:48:17 +0000

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