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Cha Ya Vegetarian Japanese

If Iím going to a vegetarian restaurant, it better have flavor and make me forget thereís no meat on the menu. Cha Ya (a favorite of many vegans in SF and in the East Bay, home of its flagship location) doesnít exactly meet this requirement. However, it does offer a variety of meatless eats that make me hesitate before I sink back into my state of carnivoric bliss. Among the offerings, vegetable tempura, soba and udon noodles sway you into focusing on textures and flavors, while the vegetable sushi only convinces one that it could only be done right with raw fish.