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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Sofa Vegetarian Cafe
by MissGemma

Review: I love this place! I'm always in Shibuya so the location is very convenient for me. It's a cosy little cafe made up of several small floors, the ground floor being the till where you pay and the shop. The first time I went, they had a bilingual menu in Japanese and English. The English was very difficult to understand in places. It seemed like an automated translator had been used. Dishes marked 'V' are vegan, but some dishes were marked 'O'. I had to ask what 'O' ('oriental vegetarian') meant. The waiter said it means no onions or garlic, so if you are Jain, this place is good for you. The last time I went about a month ago, the waitress said the menu was only in Japanese. I can read Japanese, but it might cause problems for those who don't. I saw some people try to communicate in English, but in the end they pointed to what I was eating (lasagne) and asked for that! At lunch, they have a choice of set menus. The spinach and chickpea curry wasn't good, but the minestrone soup with focaccia more than makes up for it. The soup was really fresh and tasty and came with a big side salad. In the evening, they have the standard menu. Their lasagne is the best dish I've tried so far on the menu, but it's tiny! I have to order veggie gyoza (dumplings) on the side to fill me up - you can choose deep fried or pan-fried. Overall, this place is really good for vegetarians but limited for vegans. Directions from JR Shibuya Station: Take the exit for Hachiko and look out for Shibuya 109 ahead of you (a cylindrical tower). Walk to Shibuya 109 which is in the middle of where the road forks. Take the left fork and walk uphill for a good 5 minutes. The restaurant is on the left side. Look out for a red canopy. Happy eating! :) Updated from previous review on Monday August 29, 2011

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