A Vegan Venture at Koi Los Angeles: Beyond Traditional Boundaries

In the pulsating heart of Los Angeles, a city celebrated for its culinary diversity and innovation, Koi Los Angeles has long stood as a pillar of the dining scene. Part of the expansive Koi Group, this flagship restaurant intertwines the essence of traditional Japanese cuisine with the vibrant flair of modern Californian touches. My recent visit, drawn by the allure of their new vegan menu, was a revelation, showcasing how a night out for vegans—or anyone curious—can be both luxurious and ethically satisfying.

The Evolution of Elegance and Ethics

Koi Los Angeles, since opening its doors in 2002, has consistently evolved, mirroring the dynamic landscape of Los Angeles itself. The restaurant’s décor, a thoughtful embodiment of feng shui and Zen Buddhism principles, creates a serene oasis amidst the urban sprawl. Its dining room, aglow with candlelight and adorned in the elemental colors of water, air, fire, and earth, sets the stage for an immersive dining experience.

In celebration of over two decades in the city and marking one year in their new space, Koi LA introduced a groundbreaking vegan menu. This bold move by Executive Chef Rob Lucas not only pays homage to classic Koi dishes but also reinvents them with a vegan twist, making the restaurant a beacon for sustainable dining in the city.

The Vegan Menu

The vegan menu at Koi is a testament to the ingenuity of Chef Lucas and his team. Small plate highlights like the vegan crispy rice and kale noodle stir Fry offer a variety of flavors, textures and aromas. The vegan salmon, a creative marvel of marinated soy kelp tofu and carrot ginger coulis, presents a plant-based ode to the ocean’s bounty.

Rolls such as the garden cut, aka vegan, and vegan dragon roll redefine sushi for the plant-based palate, combining ingredients like beet, shiitake and sweet potato with innovative sauces and wrappings for a taste that’s both familiar and thrillingly new.

Desserts like the vegan koi sundae and vegan mochi are not mere afterthoughts but crowning jewels of the menu. Featuring vegan ice creams, agave-brushed fillo dough, and coconut whipped cream, these sweet finales prove that indulgence can be both vegan and utterly decadent.

The Verdict: A New Era for Fine Dining

My experience with Koi LA’s vegan menu was more than just a meal; it was a journey through the potential of vegan cuisine to satisfy and surprise even the most discerning palates. It’s a great alternative for vegans looking for a night out without compromise and for anyone open to exploring the richness of plant-based dining.

Koi Los Angeles, with its fusion of aesthetic harmony and culinary innovation, invites diners to explore a world where ethics and elegance coexist beautifully. This vegan menu is not just a new chapter for the restaurant but a bold statement in the narrative of Los Angeles dining—a city where innovation, tradition, and sustainability can create a truly remarkable dining experience.

For More Information, Visit koirestaurant.com/los-angeles

Address: 734 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Hours of Operation:


5:30pm – 10:00pm


5:30pm – 10:30pm

Photo credits: Courtesy of MMGY Global and KOI Restaurant


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