Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Picture It: Vege-Tofu Curry At Cha-Ya

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 10:19 AM


As a committed carnivore, I generally avoid eating at vegetarian restaurants. It's not that I don't love vegetables too, and it's certainly not a hard-and-fast rule, I just always feel sort of empty inside afterwards. It's like casual sex only more expensive and less gratifying. Here's the point: I finally dragged myself to dinner the Mission's Japanese vegetarian stronghold Cha-Ya (762 Valencia) after many months of the same assessment by meat-eaters and veggies alike: "It's really good, even for a vegetarian restaurant."

The exciting conclusion of my meal after the jump ...

Overall the food was a mixed bag. The gelatinous texture of the tofu custard in the Moon Garden dish was slightly off-putting. Thankfully my dining companion ordered that one. Wisely, as it turned out, I had the Vege-Tofu Curry (pictured above), a very rich, hearty curry broth packed with all kinds of cholesterol-free goodies: pearl onions, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, and sugar snap peas, and a nest of firm udon noodles. A worthy dish, no matter your inclinations in the flesh-eating department. And just to balance things out, I grabbed one of those bacon-wrapped hot dogs from the street vendor afterwards.

-- Brian Bernbaum

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Brian Bernbaum


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"