Eat Fresh! Lettuce Tell You About These Vegetarian Restaurants in Tokyo!
Being a vegetarian in Japan is a challenge. Sometimes it seems like a guessing game of, “What’s really inside that curry?” or, “Is this dish really vegetarian when it has fish in the picture?”
You can never be sure as vegetarian meals are still not that well known about even in Tokyo. That’s why there are more upcoming vegetarian cafes and restaurants in Tokyo sprouting up where your food is guaranteed to be meat or fish-free. Here are some of the freshest spots sure to keep your stomach full and conscience clear.
Ain.Soph Journey is an expanding vegetarian cafe introducing it’s other branches in Shinjuku (Ripple), Higashi-Ikebukuro (Soar) and Ginza so far. They have a range of different food for their weekday, holiday and dinner menus! Salad parfait, deep fried veggie meat and tofu Spanish omelettes are just some of their recommended dishes off the menu. They also have a number of courses (Everything, Sanctuary) that are appetising and worth trying.
Ain.Soph Journey | Shinjuku Q Building, 3-8-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 10 minute walk from Shinjuku-Sanchōme (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi/Fukutoshin lines, Toei Shinjuku line) or Shinjuku Station (JR) East Exit
Eat More Greens
Eat More Greens located in Azabu-Jūban looks inviting with its bright green appearance from the outside. And so is the menu! Eat More Greens provides an exclusive winter menu featuring recommendations like gratin pizza and nabe made with homemade kimchi. There is also a summer menu.
Eat More Greens | Furenshia Azabu-Jūban South 1F, 2-2-5 Azabu-Jūban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Azabu-Jūban station (Tokyo Metro Nanboku line, Toei Ōedo line)
Nagi Shokudo is actually an vegan cafe located a good walk away from the center of Shibuya. While it looks very tiny from the outside and it can be hard to find, look for the red sign and walk down the steps. Inside, it is a lot bigger and the set menu No.1 (consists of 2 Japanese style curries with rice and tofu) is usually a favourite among customers. The staff are very friendly and are eager to help you pick other recommended dishes from the menu.
Nagi Shokudo | Royal Palace Shibuya 103, 15-10 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
How to get there: 15 minute walk from Shibuya station
Bon has a traditional feel to it just by walking towards the restaurant, it is located in a back street just opposite a sento (public bath). You must reserve before going to Bon. Unlike the other restaurants, it is a bit steep in price ranging from ¥3800 to the popular ¥10000 set. The ¥10000 set consists of mountain vegetables, sashimi, tempura, various tofu items, a potato potage, rice and miso soup, and dessert (sherbet and fruit compot).
Bon | Ryuusen 1-2-11 Iriya, Taito-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 10 minute walk from Iriya or Minowa station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya line)
Ginza Raw Life Cafe:
Ginza Raw Life Cafe uses organic ingredients in their food and because of this, it is highly recommended for vegans to go here too. It seems to be very popular among customers regardless of what’s on the menu because of the attention to detail put into the food and style of the cafe. They even have a school you can attend and a shop to purchase organic ingredients! Head to 7th floor and check it out!
Ginza Raw Life Cafe | Asano 3rd Building 7th Floor, 4-19-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 3 minute walk from Ginza station (Ginza line, Marunouchi line, or Hibiya line) or 5 minute walk from Yurakucho station (JR) Central Exit
Restaurant 8ablish is another all vegan restaurant for both vegetarians and vegans to eat at. They also have an online food and gift store to check out. Most of the food you can try are Italian and Mediterranean dishes. A lot of their food is quite popular especially the tofu ricotta & sage ravioli caper cream sauce and tofu, tempeh & vegetables souvlaki.
Restaurant 8ablish | 2F, 5-10-17 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Omotesandō station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, Ginza line, Hanzomon line)
Chef Daniels isn’t entirely vegetarian but their menu includes a range of recommended salads, pizzas and pasta for vegetarians. If you request, Chef Daniel’s staff are able to ask the chef to take out any meat from any of their dishes that contain meat.
Chef Daniels | 3-3-16 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 3 minute walk from Komagome station (Tokyo Metro Nanboku line, JR Yamanote line)
While it is a little hard to find, T’s Tantan’s is worth visiting. They assure that all their food is animal-product free so even vegans can come here too. The restaurant’s specialty is noodles and curry but they also have a Western menu of food such as doria or lasagne. They also provide a party plan and course ranging from ¥2000 to ¥3500.
T’s Tantan | Tokyo Station, 1F, Keiyo Street, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
How to get there: Inside Tokyo Station (Located INSIDE the turnstiles at Tokyo Station of the JR Line)
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