In mid-2014 it moved here 神田錦町3-19-21 橋ビル1F Chiyoda-ku from the old location 5 minute walk away at Kanda Nishikichō 3 Chome−19−21. Look for the green awning out front. Offers pasta and other a la carte items. A soup and salad set can be added to each entree. Basically the menu has taken on a more European restaurant feel rather than a deli. Open hours varies sometimes, last order 3pm. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Macrobiotic, Japanese, Western

Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

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First Review by siyer32
FangedHare
FangedHare
  • raw
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+46

Pretty good but no longer exceptional

4
Posted on 04 / 24 / 2015

I have been dreading this a bit (and putting it off), but the time's come where revising my review feels unavoidable. Things at Kushi Garden have gone down a bit in the last short while.

The menu has been revised (or more bluntly, reduced) for 2015, to just three items...curry, taco-rice, and a daily special. The daily specials in particular seem a bit more "basic" and bland now, with less creativity than before. The dessert choices have been severely scaled down as well, with generally just one, sometimes two items available. Fortunately, they do still have their great takeout sweets and cookies, and prices in general have stayed pretty much the same. Business hours are also (unfortunately?) unchanged...just lunch on weekdays.

One other thing I've noticed is a fair bit of staff rotation, which is probably related to all this.

And just to mention, Kushi Garden isn't particularly language-friendly for foreigners. The menu, blackboard, etc. are Japanese-only, and I have generally not noticed English speakers in the staff.

It pains me greatly to revise this review since I find this an example of the difficulties I've seen at vegan restaurants across Japan trying to succeed, and Kushi Garden in particular was so wonderful that this is extra difficult. In any case, the food is still good, and definitely recommendable, but just not as exceptional as before, and harder to recommend going out of your way for. One painful star less.

P.S. For fans of taco-rice, just note that there's no actual taco in the version here. Maybe a bit odd but it was still delicious so it never bothered me that much personally, but a friend was annoyed by this, so I just thought I'd point it out.

Updated from previous review on Friday October 3, 2015

Pros: Yummy, basic vegan lunches
Cons: No dinner or weekend service, Almost no English
curiosity3
curiosity3
  • vegan
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+27

So-so but who's to complain?

3
Posted on 11 / 16 / 2014

In a city where most people have never heard of vegans one must be thankful for any restaurant that serves our minority. That said, the food at Kushi Garden isn't really all that awesome. It's decent but pretty standard fare, the likes of which is also served at several other places around town, such as T's, Pure Cafe etc. Basically small portions combining some fake meat, some veggies and some rice. Competently done but predictable and gets old real fast. Certainly doesn't warrant more than a couple of visits per year. Gets crowded at lunch time.
Updated from previous review on Sunday November 16, 2014

Updated from previous review on Sunday November 16, 2014

Pros: Only one of two options in the area, OK food
Cons: Food only "OK", Crowded and cramped at lunch
HeatherRoberts
HeatherRoberts
  • vegan
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+20

A haven for travelling vegans

5
Posted on 10 / 01 / 2014

I spent a month in Japan last August, and for the time I was in Tokyo I visited Kushi Gardens almost every day. The staff was so helpful, I speak very limited Japanese but somehow still managed to make friends. If Yui is still working there, she is wonderful. The food was great, so was the atmosphere. I remember my first night in Tokyo sitting there with a plate of food and a Sun Sun, reading a book. Also, so close to the Imperial Gardens - go for a walk and then visit the restaurant, makes for a lovely afternoon. Cannot recommend this place highly enough.

Pros: good service, good food, play awesome music
Cons: Hard to find

Ailia
Ailia
  • vegan
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+46

Vegan buffet

5
Posted on 09 / 30 / 2013

We were lucky and were in Tokyo in time for the once a month buffet here. You definitely need reservations, there are 2 seatings and ours was packed. We made reservations 2 days prior.

Everyone gets there at the start time and you get an assigned seat. Then the host tells you where everything is (in Japanese, but it is not hard to figure out what he is saying). There were 2 kinds of soup, 2 curries, and about 15 different main dishes. There was also a dessert table. The 15 dishes included all kind of vegetables, pasta with fake meat, soba noodles, tofu omelet, pizza, and it was all tasty. There is a lot of food available and they keep replenishing it. It costs 3500 yen per person and includes basic drinks like tea.

The food is very good. There is a lot of variety in the flavors used.

It is pretty easy to find and the staff speaks limited english.

Pros: Buffet available once a month, Delicious, Convenient location
MidnightSun112
MidnightSun112
  • vegetarian
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+90

favorite macrobiotic vegan place in Tokyo

5
Posted on 01 / 07 / 2013

Kushi Garden is absolutely wonderful. They serve a variety of dishes including Japanese, European, Korean, and Chinese. During lunch time, you can build your own deli plate by selecting 3 (or more) deli items to accompany your brown rice, miso soup, and salad. At dinner, the menu is larger and they also have dinner sets too. I love the tempe rice bowl and curry udon. On the 4th Saturday of every month, they hold an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet for 3500 which includes about 15 vegan entrees, curry, soups, rice, soft drinks, and numerous vegan desserts. Well worth it! [Reservations are required for the buffet event.]

Pros: top quality dishes, large variety, monthly buffet
LucidDreams
LucidDreams
  • vegan
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+80

Super tasty food!

5
Posted on 11 / 01 / 2011

We ate dinner there tonight and it was absolutely delishious! Everything was vegan. We hade some fried food and some type of burger both very good. And then we had the soy icecream cookie and straw berry ice cream and they were both so so goooood :D I would definetly recommend it. Best place I've tried in Tokyo so far...

Pros: Vegan, Tasty, Friendly staff
siyer32
siyer32
  • vegetarian
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+11

Good food and easy to find

4
Posted on 10 / 29 / 2009

This place is easy to find. As soon as you exit the Imperial palace east gardens from the Hirakawa-Mon Gate, you will see a huge building in front of you called Mainichi. The top of the door says Palace bldg. Go through the door and up through the stairs and the place is the first one on the left. The staff speak some english. They had 3 set menus and they cost 1000 yen. The food was very good. I had the curry, soup and rice set menu and it was very filling.



 

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