Great sized meals and super friendly waiter/owner !
Salad a lot larger than appears in pics
Great sized meals and super friendly waiter/owner !
Salad a lot larger than appears in pics
Nice food and very good prices. The portions are filling and the service is friendly and efficient. I had the spicy "chicken" and for dessert, which was amazing, I had the cake with ice cream.
Based on reviews on Happy Cow I went to Green Earth restaurant. It is relatively easy to find because it is on a road parallel to "Mido-suji" which is one of the main roads in central Osaka. There's a prominent Happy Cow sticker on the door, which was very assuring.
The restaurant isn't exactly cosy and looks more like a cheap office canteen than a restaurant. The menu is available in English and the waitress showed pictures of each dish on her phone. Great service!
I ordered the "Soy BBQ with rice bowl" and it was brought to me swiftly. The soy was a brown substance which didn't really have a joy like bite, but it was okay. The ingredients didn't taste like top quality ingredients, but then again the prices are very low. The rice bowl was a mere 650 yen, so one cannot expect top quality at that price. Instead the Green Earth restaurant offers decent vegan food at a very decent price.
As reported before: the restaurant is open daily for lunch. It is only open on Friday evening for dinner.
Of all the veg restaurants I've tried in Osaka, Green Earth has been the best...the only one getting a 5 rating so far.
Their mapodoufu (normally tofu with minced-meat sauce) was astonishingly good, even better than the "real" thing. In fact the entire lunch set (salad, soup, etc.) was terrific. All the food also felt very healthy...the food quality is really good and natural. My personal favourite was their grain-crust apple pie...one of the best I ever had anywhere, vegan or not. Even the coffee was amazing. Basically, just some of the best vegan food I've had, and extremely reasonable!
The location is fairly convenient (side street close to Honbashi station), and the interior is nice enough...just benches on the sides of the room but still warm atmosphere. The staff was also quite nice.
Unfortunately, aside from Friday evenings, it is not open for dinner. However, the entire menu including lunch special is served all afternoon, till closing, which is great.
This place, with its food quality, staff, and even business hours, reminded me a lot of my other favorite in Tokyo, Kushi Garden. This is one listing that I think very much deserves its many positive reviews. Easily the best that I've had in Osaka...highly recommended.
The food here is lovely, and very filling for a reasonable price. The location is a bit out of the way, but easy to find. The staff are super friendly and speak good English, and talked a lot to me. I actually went twice in my 3 day stay in osaka. I had the set lunch (soup, salad, rice, veg, and veggie burgers for 1000 yen, although this changes every day) one day, and a vegan pizza (900 yen) and hummus sandwich (500 yen) the other day. All were REALLY delicious. They also had nice looking desserts, although I did not try them. I highly recommend this place!
This is Japan's oldest vegan restaurant
99% vegan with one exception: you can request regular cheese on the pizza, otherwise you'll get soy or cashew cheese
There is really nothing negative that could be said about this cute, reasonably-priced, friendly restaurant, except I wish they were open later. Though, there are open those pesky hours between 2~5 when many other vegetarian options are closed.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday May 14, 2014
Nice place, nice staff, chep prices. It's a kind of western Style vegan restaurant That sound strange in Japan. It would match the american or australian taste for vegan food. For an european taste would probably be too Simple at not gourmet. Then serve organic beer from switzerland and I think it would be nice to serve LOCAL organic beer. Anyway it's nice to find 100% vegan place around the world, so thank you Green Hearth for your every day kitchen, treats, pizza and sandwich.
We were so happy when we found this place! It was a busy lunch time and and we got the meal of the day and a pizza! Both of which were entirely hand made (choice of 3 types of "cheese" on the pizza we had cashew and it was great!). We enjoyed talking to the waiter as it gradually slowed down and had 2 desserts a slice of tofu cheesecake and a hot pumpkin pie pocket! They were so great and we picked up some health food treats on our way out!! Great value for money and excellent service!!!
I just went with two non-vegetarians and all three of us were raving about the food (2 of us American, 1 Japanese). That says a lot! Pretty good size menu, many options, English menu, extremely reasonable prices and tons of vegan pastries. I'll definitely go back again this week!
The food is great, the menu is the best selection I've ever come across at any vegetarian restaurant - not only vegan but you can also order most things without garlic (which I hate because it makes you stink no matter what garlic munchers would have you believe are the magic qualities of garlic), and without onions, leeks, chives, green onions, etc. - so the food it super clean!!!
Mr. Ito - the owner / waiter - is refreshingly friendly and speaks very good English! Mrs. Ito and her staff are excellent cooks who make home-cooked vegan food the way it should be!
The whole experience is very down-to-earth -- from the very reasonable prices to the clean, simple quality of food and selection, to the easy-going atmosphere of the place. -- This is one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants in the world! I wish it were in New York! My only complaint is that they were out of matcha soy pudding which I really wanted to try - oh, well, next time.
HIGHLY Recommended. Easy to find just walk out of exit 15 at Hommachi station and make the first left and walk a little more than one block down a quiet street. You will pass a Shinto shrine complex on your right, then a corner interior gas station on your right, then look on your left across from the gas station and you'll see a little woody-looking place with a sign "Green Earth". Call ahead to see if they're open if you can because sometimes they're not as the owners appear to run the whole operation by themselves with minimal staff.
Finding Green Earth was like finding a gem. The food was absolutely delicious and the owners very knowledgable about vegan food. The prices are very reasonable -- especially for how delicious the food is! I bought a chai cookie to-go, and it too was absolutely wonderful. I have several upcoming trips to Osaka planned, and will return to Green Earth each time! I highly recommend this restaurant!
Green Earth is great for those vegos wanting some great vego WESTERN food like you'd get back in Oz, UK or U.S. I lived in Osaka for a year and discovered this place from a friend at Aikido and am so glad she told us about it. The menu is really good and very varied. You can eat there quite regularly and never get sick of eating the same thing. The food quality is very good and tastes are fantastic. You can get vegan pizzas, hotdogs, cabanara pasta, burgers, all the great western vego food you might be craving. BUT on top of that it's actually really good value for the mock meat western style choices you get. And the LUNCH SET is always awesome...such good value. You get a rotating (different every time I went) main dish + salad + smaller rotating (varied) salad + small cup of soup + brown rice or wholemeal bread (like you will find nowhere else - made especially for the cafe) that is soooooooo good. The male owner (of the couple) speaks fluent english - learnt to cook vego food in the States or UK I believe and is very sweet and friendly. They also sell dried seitan, frozen vegan ham and hotdogs for a really reasonable price plus vegan cookies, cakes, muffins etc. EVERYTHING I ATE THERE IN THE SPACE OF 6 MONTHS OR MORE WAS FANTASTIC!! It's non-smoking, thank goodness and has a really nice big seating space with a nice relaxed atmosphere. Beware...you may want to eat there everyday...and with the lunch set such good value and so varied...if you live or work in Hommachi area...you could well do that. Please support these guys. Great cafe!
Just adding some directions, agree with reviews above!
Take exit 15 of Honmachi Station. Go straight and take the next left. Walk about a block and on the right you should see a petrol/gas station. Green Earth is just a little further down on the left hand side.
Well worth a vist for a cheap and yummy lunch.
Lunch set changes daily. Also pizza, with vegan options, excellent burger and hot dogs, sandwiches, pasta. I always get the tofu pudding to eat and then buy some of the awesome cookies to take home. I'm not entirely sure if it's all vegan; I think they offer some milk options in drinks and pizza and may have some noodles containing egg. But they have English-speaking staff who will guide you. The vegan cheese option on the pizza on the English menu was crossed off but it is present on the Japanese menu and still available.
the best thing about Green Earth is the name. secondly, the welcoming board says "welcome", and on its backside says "thank you". this brought me to tears. ok now on to the food.
food is good and varied, with pastas, sandwhiches, burgers, and what else i don't remember. I just remember it's extensive enough to eat there every day. Every day because it is cheap, in the good sense. This is the place you want to go to if you're on a budget travelling or want to eat somewhere amazing everyday. 700 yen for a filling course. Their is more focus on taste and nutritional quality than presentation and sophisticated preparation, as seen at Maman Terrace. Large selection of cakes, puddings, cookies and other sweets...The owners are also very nice, sat down and conversed for half an hour. All in all, this place has prices at cafeteria prices and delivers simple, varied and irreprochable food.
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