Ko-So Cafe

Overall rating: 5.0 stars 1 Reviews
Opened Nov 2013, this is modern, healthy food cafe offering a selection of puree soups, vegetable curry, salad with pancakes, pasta, fruits deserts, housemade ginger drink, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Food is mostly vegan; honey is used in a few dishes. Last order one hour before closing. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Japanese, Italian, Macrobiotic, Beer/Wine
Higashi, Shibuya-ku 3-25-3, Ebisu Lions Plaza 1F
Tokyo, Japan 150-0011
03-34093405

Open Mon-Fri: 9:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun11:30am-8pm.

more-less
reviews

Reviews

First Review by MidnightSun112
MidnightSun112
MidnightSun112
26

reviews

  • vegetarian

Wonderfully unique!

5 Posted on 06 / 24 / 2014

If I were to make a minor complaint about some veg cafes in Tokyo, it would be that many dishes are similar and not as unique or creative as in other cities with a more developed veg culture such as Taipei or San Francisco. In that respect, Ko-so Cafe truly is a treasure! The concept behind the restaurant is that they use their own, homemade ingredient called kōso (酵素 lit. "enzyme") as a base for nearly every sauce on the menu. Rich in umami (savoriness), kōso is made from a blend of 88 different ingredients that are then fermented and aged for 18 months.
I went on a weeknight and started with the nut pâté & olive paste salad for an appetizer. The veggies looked beautiful and it was topped with fresh alfalfa sprouts, nuts, and vegan cheese. The waitress then appeared with tiny pitchers of 3 different homemade dressings to try: celery, red pepper, and onion. Each 1 contained only kōso and vegetables and the flavor was excellent. The salad also came with 2 slides of brown focaccia bread with some kuromitsu (lit. 'black honey', vegan and made from unrefined Okinawan black sugar) for dipping. Not everyone will be a fan of the sweet dipping sauce as it's typically used for desserts but I enjoyed it. For my main, I ordered the soy milk ricotta cheese & basilico romagna pasta. It was excellent, full of flavor, and the noodles were done to al dente perfection. I also found the portions of my salad and pasta to be generous by Tokyo standards. Overall, I had a great experience at Ko-so Cafe and my only regret is that I didn't try it sooner. Highly recommended!

Pros: flavorful, unique dishes, near the station, ample portions
Cons: none

 

This business supports the service that HappyCow provides :o)

 

If you are the Owner of a listing on this site, we invite you to join our highly successful Priority Friend program today. click for details >>

 

Close

Dear Owner and Manager of Ko-So Cafe:


While your business is currently a free listing on HappyCow, there is so much more we can do to further promote your business to the millions who visit this site every year.

Enjoy more...

Here's how you can take advantage of HappyCow's Internet popularity:

Your sponsorship will keep the HappyCow service strong on the Internet. Thank you.

Close

 

Last updated: 2013/12/25

 

Added: 2013/12/16

 

Added by: xela

 

Close