After consuming a hefty amount of unhealthy foods during midterms, I decided to get something healthier for lunch last week after class. I was in the mood for Japanese, so I settled upon Shizenya. I’ve been to their downtown location before, but this time I visited the Fairview location. I really like their offerings; there aren’t many Japanese restaurants that offer a full menu of healthier Japanese options. Check our their menu here. What intrigued me the most is their whole wheat tempura because I’ve never seen any other place offer that.
I decided to get takeout as I was not in the mood to dine alone…
I ordered off their lunch special combo menu and got the beef teriyaki combo– juicy and tender sukiyaki beef with teriyaki sauce, organic brown rice, spinach gomaae and organic salad ($8.95).
Even though I got takeout and waited at least 20 minutes to eat it, the beef was surprisingly still very tender. The sauce wasn’t overly sweet or salty and went well with the perfectly cooked brown rice. I thought this was a good portion for lunch and for just under $10, the price isn’t too bad either, considering healthier meal options (look at Whole Foods) generally cost more.
Overall, Shinzenya is a good place to grab some healthier Japanese food. Some of the menu offerings are pricier than the average Japanese restaurant, but given that many of their dishes use organic ingredients and brown rice, it’s expected.