Great food, and it has the right name.
Posted on 09 / 21 / 2014
Ok, let me preface this by saying that the negatives mentioned by previous reviewers are generally correct. The new location is inconvenient, service can be slow sometimes, and for a restaurant, the ambience is poor.
However, all that said, I still give it high marks. Why? The people, mainly. They're really a great bunch, they're trying very hard, and it's obvious that they are feeling the full brunt of the challenges facing a vegan restaurant trying to make a go of things in Tokyo. The food, though, is all lovingly prepared by hand (I've seen them making it), and I find it really VERY good. To try bits of everything, I especially like the dim sum sets or the takeout bento boxes, both of which are very reasonable and creative (although the bentos are limited-quantity every day). My personal favorite items are the gyozas (dumplings), both fried and steamed...true vegan gyozas like this are almost impossible to find in Japan (I tried for years), and I love these in particular...I always get extras for takeout. They also have a really tasty, creative vegan unagi (river eel) kabayaki, which I've never seen anywhere before. But you can't go wrong with pretty much anything on the menu.
So, can I recommend that you go out of your way to come here if your time in Tokyo is short and you're not familiar with the Jinbocho area? Probably not. Is it somewhere I recommend if you're with a special date? No. But if you just want delicious, real, hand-made, cheap vegan food, this is the place. And, you'd be supporting a worthy bunch of folks in their Tokyo vegan efforts, which I wholeheartedly hope happens.
The new location may be a bit rougher but I still love this place. To me, it's still worth 4 stars thanks to the food and people.
Edit: got a bit of flak for max stars, and rightly so after I thought about it. So, one star less but the rest stands...great place.
Updated from previous review on Thursday September 04, 2014
Yummy, creative, cheap vegan food, Great people
Location is a bit out of the way, Very bare ambience