Dinner at Magoya Japanese Restaurant, Chester, NY

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Everything Else | 2 comments

I live in the mid-Hudson Valley in an area not renowned for its vegan food.  In fact, I think that there is only one, albeit one very good, vegetarian restaurant in the entirety of Orange County. So when we go out to dinner it can be pretty hit or miss, even for cuisine that typically has vegan options. 

Tonight we went for dinner with my partner’s parents to Magoya Japanese Restaurant in Chester, NY.  It had a good number of vegan options on the menu and the staff were willing to veganize other dishes. 

We started off with some delicious miso soup, which was exactly as miso soup should be.

Miso Soup Magoya

Love the bowl this miso soup is served in!

Then I had a salad with avocado and tofu with a tasty ginger dressing. The tofu was literally the contents of a box of mori-nu silken tofu cut into four triangles.  I love silken tofu, but even I found it a bit strange having huge chunks of it on my salad.  That said, I did eat every last bit of it. 

Tofu and Avocado Salad

Tofu and Avocado Salad

The highlight of the night, however, was the two maki rolls I ordered: an avocado, asparagus and cucumber roll and an asparagus and hijiki roll, both with purple rice! 


Avocado, Asparagus and Cucumber Roll and Asparagus and Hijiki Roll

I had to forgo the soy sauce, but they were absolutely delicious anyway! 

My partner asked for a bibimbop with tofu instead of beef and minus the egg.  This is the gorgeous dish that resulted. I tasted some and it was really good, though he would have preferred if the tofu was cooked. 


Vegan Bibimbop

In all, if you’re looking for a vegan-friendly restaurant in Orange County, Magoya is not a bad choice. The food won’t blow you away, but it will leave you feeling satisfied! 

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  1. Those rolls like amazing but why is the rice purple? Special rice? Decoration? Please explain. Thanks.

    • Hi Eric,

      Purple rice is actually a variety of rice originally grown in Thailand. It looks like a brown wild rice uncooked, and when cooked it becomes a beautiful purple color. Some black rices also turn purple when cooked. The purple gives the rice a bit of a nutritional boost over brown rice by providing antioxidants, due to the color.

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