The Best Vegan Doughnuts in Tokyo
Posted on 08 / 22 / 2011
What inspired me to visit Eat More Greens was its convenient location (a block away from the Azabu-juban station and 10-minute walk from Roppongi Hills) but also its selection of vegan baked goods. During my three-week stay in Tokyo, I had my fair share of rice, tofu, veggies, and more rice. I was beginning to crave sugar pretty bad. EMG, thankfully, still had a well-stocked bakery case when I arrived there around tea time. Their menu before 6 PM or so, which is when they start serving dinner, is pretty limited, and they had already sold out of one of the entrees.
I picked up a slice of chocolate cake with tofu cream, a huge, magenta cranberry soy milk-glazed roll (similar to a cinnamon roll), a cranberry doughnut, and a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. They cost around Y630, Y390, Y390, and Y230 respectively. The cranberry items, which are seasonal, were absolutely delicious. I'm not a big fan of cranberry, but the tartness was not overwhelming in the slightest. However, the chocolate cake was just okay, a bit dry, and the cookie had a strange, crunchy texture that reminded me of a stale biscuit.
I actually went back to EMG a few times afterwards, mostly for doughnuts, but also so I could eat dinner there. I wasn't familiar with black rice, so I opted for a Y1000 special of pasta tossed with olive oil, eggplant, and mushrooms. It was a pretty decent, modestly seasoned dish with lots of interesting mushrooms I've never eaten before. As an appetizer, I treated myself to a side dish of fried potatoes with fresh rosemary, which were Y590 and completely delicious.
I discovered that they can sell out of these wonderful cranberry doughnuts as soon as 2 PM, which is unfortunate. It took me 2 or 3 trips to finally be able to buy some more--and believe me, I bought the rest that were available. Two of the times they had no more doughnuts, I decided to get another vegan bakery item I had not tried: apple pie for around Â¥630. It was pretty tasty, and the staff will warm it up for you if it's eaten in the restaurant. Other than that, there are several very dry-looking cookies available and tiramisu. A small green leaf with a "V" will be next to any vegan item, and waitresses will understand if you tell them you're vegan. All food items also contain allergen warnings in English, so I found it strange that the vegan doughnuts contained "milk," but I think this was a mistake and they meant soy milk, since the waitress confirmed they were vegan.
friendly service, clearly labeled items, delicious
selling out of some dishes, limited indoor seating