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Respond to Review of Olu Olu Cafe
by geoffmatters

Review: Fantastic little place, surprisingly accessible just a short distance from Shibuya (either two stations followed by a bit of walking, or take the bus which stops just down the street from the restaurant) A lot of the vegan restaurants in Japan have small menus, with only a few sets or a la carte options available, so it was a joy to flip through the extensive, 100%-vegan menu offered here. Everything is fully translated into English, including descriptions of the dishes, so you will have no problem finding something just to your taste. The available dishes are an international mashup, including a variety of Hawaiian-inspired dishes, but everything with a slightly Japanese sensibility. Definitely the antidote if you're feeling a little tired of the macrobiotic-style cafes that seem to dominate the veggie scene in Tokyo. Appetizers, pastas, sautes, salad/rice bowls and more are available, chock-full of seasonal vegetables and/or faux meats as suits your mood. I bounce back and forth between the healthy options (vegetable soups, smoothies) and the guilty pleasure of devouring a plate of slightly-spicy chicken kareage. Despite describing themselves somewhere as "vegan junk food" the menu makes clear that whether you are enjoying a salad or fried foods, they use salt and oils minimally and steer clear of white sugar and the like. Not that you'd know it from their dessert selection, which includes a vegan (of course) rum raisin ice cream. Definitely worth the small detour to get there!


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