- Main course: £7
- Food spend: £16
- Opening hours
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00. Wednesday: 18:00 - 22:00. Friday: 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30. Saturday: 18:00 - 22:30.
Europe's first ever organic and vegan Japanese restaurant, Itadaki Zen is a trailblazer in the very centre of London.
With its name combining the Japanese terms for 'taking the food of life' and 'to fix', Itadaki Zen aims for more than the sating of appetites. In the peaceful surroundings of the pale coloured dining room, food is taken for its healing properties as well as its flavour. With a slow food ethic reflected in the care taken over each dish, Itadaki Zen uses traditional, authentic and seasonal ingredients from organic, sustainable sources, with the eventual aim of producing all of its own vegetables. The menu showcases produce deemed important in maintaining a strong and healthy metabolism, alongside 26 gluten-free dishes. With its organically produced selection of wines, beers and sake though, Itadaki Zen isn't all angelic.
Unique throughout all of Europe, Itadaki Zen's delicious, flavoursome food is prepared with the healthiest of intentions. Attentive service and a superb meat-free menu make this unusual restaurant ideal for small groups looking for something different for dinner. Artistic events are often held, including art exhibitions and live music performances.
139 King's Cross Road, London, WC1X 9BJ
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Customer reviews for Itadaki Zen
((((* 23 September 2012 by Chris from London
We booked for 8 pm on Saturday night. Got a table within a few minutes. Waited a while with menus and then a further while for the food. Having read other reviews we were expecting that and it wasn't so long that we got annoyed. Food was delicate and fresh tasting. We choose set dinner courses to try as much as possible and weren't disappointed at all. We'll definitely come back.
((((* 16 October 2011 by HealthyGirl from London
I've always loved Japanese food as a light healthy option. Itadaki-zen takes this to a new level, with a clear ethos of healthy-eating ingredients. Yet fantastic flavours. This is true Japanese by Japanese, but there are also some tasty Korean options too. We've been several times now - enough to try a good sample from the extensive menu - and we haven't a single dish that wasn't excellent. I don't really like the area much (bit towards the grungy side in Kings Cross), but once inside the place has a very nice cosy feel. And the staff (through to the kitchen) are extremely nice and genuine. Worth travelling for, and revelling in.
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