Serves meat, veg options available. Despite Hokkaido being a land of many farms, it's difficult to find pure vegetarian food in Sapporo. This restaurant is located in the basement of a building on the north side of the "Minami 1 Nishi 5" block, southwest of Sapporo Station. The vibe is very Japanese with traditional wooden floor seating. The menu features organic vegetable dishes plus soy meat versions of Japanese katsu pork cutlets and kara-age chicken nuggets. Vegan dishes and vegan desserts are the kitchen's specialty. Has brown rice. Menu available in English, and staff speak some English. Also hosts cooking classes. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Organic, Japanese, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Minami 1 Nishi 5 , B1F Shikishima S1 Bldg
Sapporo, Japan 060-0061

Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-11:30pm.

  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by RickH
  • vegetarian

Great little find

4 Posted on 02 / 18 / 2014

We went here twice - once at night, the other for lunch. The evening meal was great. So many options, lots of veges, good volume per dish, good flavours, a decent drink list... and importantly, the food is organic so it's actually, well, food.

The lunch experience wasn't as good. The only option is the set lunch and maybe we were out of luck but it was just rice with various forms of beans as accompaniment, not nearly enough balance. Admittedly though the price was reasonable and we enjoyed watching some local salarymen nearly fall off their non-seat (it's a sit on floor affair) when they realised there were no animal products on the menu (lunch is totally vegan).

The ambiance here is typical izakaya style - something unusual for organic / veg places. The fact that they also serve meat is actually a plus in many ways as it means you can dine there with omnivores. Only wish there were more places like this in Tokyo and our social lives would be so much better. Oh yes - and they're open late.

Pros: lots of vege options - with real veges, organic ingredients, casual, laid-back izakaya vibe
Cons: didn't like the type of oil they use, lunch was pretty uninspired
  • vegan

One of the few vegan-friendly of Sapporo

4 Posted on 11 / 03 / 2013

Very difficult to find as it is in the basement of the building it is worth to find. The atmosphere is pleasant and the staff, that doesn't really speaks english but is really kind and helpful, knows what it is to be vegan. A lot of options made from soy and other choices. However, portions tend to be on the small side. I would recommend it for people who want a change from self-catering, raw food or indian food (the only options here in Sapporo)

Pros: Vegan conscious, Staff is helpful, Moderately expensive
Cons: Hard to find, Dishes are quite small, Quite small place
  • vegetarian

Vegan Home cooking

4 Posted on 01 / 05 / 2013

Japan is not really a vegetarian oriented place as one might thing. You have a lot you can eat but depend on your location.

In Sapporo as a vegetarian I will recommend Iki Laboratory.
The food is what I like best: home cooking vegan food made with love.
Eating delicious creative food served by an awesome host is like dinning dessert :-) you can taste the kindness in their food.

We really enjoyed our time at Iki laboratory.

Pros: fabulous confort food, creative, friendly staff
Cons: not into mock meat

  • vegan

Great Vegan-friendly Restaurant

4 Posted on 12 / 25 / 2012

This restaurant is a must-visit while in Sapporo. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and they have an English menu (and the staff spoke good English too). Their large variety of vegan dishes are labelled vegan on the menu (they also label "oriental vegetarian" = vegan + no onion or garlic, for Buddhists). My potato salad, cutlets, soy meat balls and parfait for dessert were all delicious. Servings are quite small, so it's best to order a few dishes (per person) but for such great food it's still very good value. I'll be back while I'm in Sapporo.

Pros: good vegan range, centrally located, warm, welcoming atmosphere
Cons: small portions (but still good value)
  • vegan

Friendly and helpful - traditional Japanese

4 Posted on 10 / 23 / 2012

Being vegan in Sapporo was presenting a bit of a challenge. When I eventually found this lovely place (from the outside the only clue in English is the word "laboratory" in blue, on a sign for about 10 businesses). To find it, you go through a single glass door, down a flight of stairs and along a corridor, rather different to Europe or the US!

Inside, warm, friendly and helpful staff guide you to your seat (you can sit on the floor, traditional Japanese style, or cheat, as I did with you legs going below the false floor).

I started with Avocado in a wonderful dressing, followed by Roasted organic vegetables (locally grown), and the following night Fried Tofu, and both times with a delicious fermented rice - great! (and not a taste of fish there at all!)

Pros: Excellent central location, Friendly staff, Reasonable choice
Cons: Hard to find, Not especially cheap


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