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Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation, the recently updated San Francisco restaurant, has retained its New Age-y air (the “loving-kindness to your body” motto; dishes with names like “clarity”), but the revised Japanese-inspired menu now includes prawns and fish (the only “animal ingredients” available). We scarfed down our soboro tofu rice bowl (ginger-chile-simmered tofu, seasonal veggies, shiitake mushrooms, and nine-grain rice) on our first visit, and our curry tofu rice bowl (fried tofu, steamed greens and seasonal veggies, curry sauce, nine-grain rice) on our second. But the pickled vegetables pickled our pucker. The restaurant’s a short walk from CHOW HQ, so next time, we’re gonna pounce on the spicy peanut ramen, the tempura jumbo prawns, and the sweet bean mochi. Chowhounds ding Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation for its relatively high prices, but, pre-makeover, they were advocating it for something different, a good place for mushroom-seekers and vegetarians. It looks like they haven’t had much of a chance to test the new waters (understandable since Medicine only reopened in March), but here’s what they have to say so far.

Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation
161 Sutter Street, San Francisco
415-677-4405

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