Three of us went to the new-ish Cha-Ya Restaurant in the Mission last night. I had the "Moon Garden" which is basically tofu custard with vegetables. I didn't care for the texture of the custard, which is a little too grainy for my taste. I love the traditional Chawan Mushi made with eggs which has a silky-smooth texture. It was a fairly small portion, too.
A friend had the Tempura. Light batter, but nothing special.
The last person had the Tofu Curry Udon. Te broth was flavorful, and it looked like a generous portion.
Prices are low (light eater) to moderate (if you have a bigger appetite).
It was packed when we left at 7:30.
Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese
762 Valencia Street (near 19th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110