Ain Soph presents itself as a high class vegan restaurant. And that's exactly what we felt like having. So we visited Ain Soph Soar in Ikebukuro. The place is rather easy to find (near one of the larger back entrances to Sunshine City) and it looks beautiful. The atmosphere is tranquil and peaceful.
The kitchen seems to operate in that same tranquil rhythm, because it took a long time for the order to arrive at the table. And... the portions are small. Disappointingly small.
We ordered the falafel plate and when the waitress finally brought it to the table I looked at her with a puzzled face. Is this really all? Her stale face said it all: yes, that's it. The plate contained three tiny pieces of falafel, no pita bread, no dip. That's 333 yen per bite! The tempeh burger was also tiny, but it least it came with a few leafs of lettuce.
The "burger" with miso sauce and yams didn't look very attractive on the menu (in English, with pictures) but it was the best piece of the meal. It's rich in taste and somewhat heavy on the stomach (which was most welcome after all the tiny dishes before).
Ain Soph uses high quality ingredients and the food feels very healthy, but given the size of the portions and the presentation (hardly any garnishing) it's way overpriced. One goes to Ain Soph for the atmosphere first and for the food second.
Cons: expensive, small portions, slow kitchen