Posted on 10 / 05 / 2014
Kushi Garden is another gem I've found, one of the best if not perhaps THE best so far, thanks to HappyCow members. It seems that most previous reviews have focused on the monthly buffets, but I stopped by for lunch. One of the best vegan lunches I've ever had, as it turned out.
The food is fantastic...delicious, fresh, and creatively prepared. Not only the flavours but also the textures and appearance (for example the imitation meats) are really well done. They also sell some takeout bentos and sweets. (I can at least vouch for the cookies...yummy.) All ingredients are described and seem impeccable, and the food in general left a healthy feeling. The prices are also quite reasonable.
The location is a bit out of the way but not too bad, and as mentioned by other reviewers, the Imperial Palace is very close by. The Jinbocho area is also not too far. However, one should note that the location seems to have moved based on what previous reviewers said, and the pictures. It is no longer in the "PalaceSide" building, but is outside and around the corner...not far. The pictures of the outside also no longer seem correct.
One unfortunate thing. Some other reviews have mentioned dinner but as far as I know, they are not open for dinner anymore or even weekends, aside from occasional events...just weekday lunch and afternoon. This is too bad, but I'm guessing this may be a byproduct of the location.
I am finding myself often gushing lately as I try new places suggested from HappyCow members (thank you), but Kushi Garden may be the best one yet. The restaurant is clearly not a pure-commercial operation but a labour of love. Everything and everyone in the place seems to reflect dedication to vegan and organic food, and the atmosphere is warm and homey. I would love to try it here at dinner if they ever return to dinner hours but will definitely return for lunch or afternoon sweets every chance I get. Wonderful food and place, easily one of the best in Tokyo.
Creative, delicious food, Impeccable ingredients
No dinner or weekend service