Respond to Review of CLOSED: Little Heaven
by Brad Kennedy
Review: This place is a gem for a number of reasons! Not only is the food delicious and reasonably priced, it is also vegan, organic, macrobiotic and locally produced, while the restaurant's atmosphere and decor is warm and friendly. The owners double as organic farmers and produce most of the ingredients, including grains and veggies, on their farm North of Tokyo. By cutting out the middle men they are able to serve high quality ingredients at a lower price than other organic, macrobiotic restaurants in Tokyo. If you are conversant in Japanese, I recommend discussing farming techniques with the owners. They are trying many special things, not only in the restaurant with their great recipes, but also on the farm where they are using techniques that go beyond organic, towards a truly sustainable "natural way of farming". Even if food production and food politics is not your interest, it is worth coming to this place for the great tasting food alone. Lunch is a particularly great deal. Although it is a set menu, 950 yen for delicious, nutritious, multi-course meal can't be beaten in this town. There was a choice of two different main dishes, (the day I went it was a ginger stir fry or a pasta dish- both were delcious) and there was a variety of small side dishes (as is customary in Japan) as well as salad or soup, desert and a beverage. The dessert was great- it was a strawberry shortcake that was fresh but not too sweet. At dinner I was able to try a number of dishes including a cactus salad, pepperoncino pasta, pizza, tacos, and a tofu dish. The menu is not that extensive, but there is a nice variety of vegan variations of traditional Japanese recipes and international cuisine. The only problem is that it is a little off the beaten path, which is not in itself a bad thing, but as a result the menu hadn't been translated to English. Also, because the owners/cooks are also the farmers who produce the food , they sometimes have to shut the place down for a few days when it is busy on the farm. Therefore it is recommended to call or check the website to make sure they are open before heading there.