Best Sushi Joint to Take a Vegetarian


The next time you have a serious craving for sushi — and a lunch date with your vegetarian buddy — consider Manpuku. This smallish sushi restaurant in Berkeley's Elmwood District offers a smattering of fish-free nigiri, noodles, and rolls. There's the standard veggie-roll fare — tried (and, truthfully, tired) veggie bailouts like cucumber and avocado rolls — but the menu includes vegetable rolls so delightful in taste and originality that even the biggest fish lover might find themselves ordering a vegetarian maki (or two). The Elmwood roll (named for the restaurant's location) is filled with spinach and shiitake mushrooms, and has a sweet and chewy taste and texture. The undeniable gem is the delicious Tropical Maki roll, made with tempura asparagus and mango. While there might be a line for a table or counter seat, it's usually a short one, and it's definitely worth your wait. Aside from fast service (orders are placed before you take your seat), the sizable rolls are so low-priced — $2 to $7 — that it's almost like you're dining in a time warp.
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