I kinda swore off Japanese restaurants last year after a chef plopped meat onto my plate (henceforth known as the meat incident). But then I saw vegan sushi on the menu at Bushido, a Japanese restaurant on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. And it’s not the usual cucumber or avocado rolls, but a whole menu section of vegan sushi rolls.
Pictured above is the Alternative Rock ‘n’ Roll – tofu-nagi (imitation eel), avocado and sweet soy. My favorite roll of all time. Yes, it’s that good, it tasted amazingly like a regular unagi (broiled freshwater eel) roll. I don’t know how they got the tofu to taste like that, and it’s not just the sauce, the texture too is spot on.
To share, the Three Mushroom Fried Rice with garlic, onions, soy sauce, enoki, shiitake and shimeji mushrooms, topped with green onions. Rich and flavorful, a favorite of the table. I thought it was a just a tad oily but otherwise a great dish.
Pretty excited to try the Vegan Okinamiyaki (Japanese pancake), I’ve never seen it on any Japanese restaurant menu before. Sadly, the presentation left something to be desired. I saw beautiful sauce patterns on the regular version of okinamiyaki on Bushido’s yelp page. But mine looked like the vegan mayo was just glob on without much effort at all.
As for the taste, it was okay. Very filling though, I’m not sure exactly what’s in it besides veggies and the dough. As it was kinda big and thick, I only managed to eat a small portion of it. The leftovers the next day tasted a lot better, maybe it just needed a night in the fridge to help develop the flavors.
Shojin Crunch, an asparagus, hearts of palm, and avocado roll topped with tempura Japanese sweet potato. Pretty good. And there’s still three other vegan sushi rolls on the menu to try plus other items such as Vegetarian Miso Ramen or Yaki Onigiri – grilled rice balls with roasted seaweed. Faith in Japanese restaurants somewhat restored, I’ll definitely be back to Bushido.
The Veggie Grill Mountain View