Truly a vegan / vegetarian gem buried in Osaka. Small and cozy. Full English vegan menu. Even calls out honey if it is used (only looks to be used in certain alcoholic beverages). Had the fried soy chicken, Caesar salad, sphalerite with "meat sauce", and assorted soy chicken Yokitori (skewers). Such a relief to find this restaurant in a sea of non-veg places... Great food! Highly recommend!
In between Umeda station and Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchoume station so very centrally located. Went several times and the food is always fabulous. Kimchi soy meat is delicious and so are the doria (rice with soy meat, vegetables, tomato sauce and vegan cheese). Local vegetables you've never heard of are on the menu. Well priced, also possible to take two starters or so and only one main dish with two people. Free tap water, as always in Japan.Pros: Excellent food, Nice vibe, Centrally located near Umeda and Tenroku
Cons: No more than 4 people/reservation
Went to Aju in May 2014, and was really impressed. The food was very good, really reasonably priced and very imaginative. The owner even commented on the ingredients whenever he brought a dish over, things like "this mayonnaise contains no egg" or "this dessert is made with kanten and yuzu", so it was really nice to hear more about the food. You can also buy some vegan groceries in store, such as fake meat pieces, vegan mayo and matcha cookies. The restaurant is very small (seats 10 people, max) so do book in advance if you can. We will definitely be going back.Pros: good knowledge of veganism, explanation of ingredients , delicious, well priced food
Two minutes on foot from Nakazakacho station． If you were not told beforehand the meals were vegetarian, you would never know the difference. Full of flavor and loads of menu options. Extremely reasonable prices and one of the few vegan cafes you can dinner items for under 1000yen。 Boxed lunches are an amazing 500yen! Has the feel of a cozy izakaya, but better food than you would ever find at a real one.Pros: Mock meat could fool a meat eater, amazing prices, cozy feel
Very tasty! Had a radish salad with cornflakes on top (much better than it sounds). Deep fried soy chicken, eggplant dip with veggies, avocado fries with veganaise and a sort of veggie-ground-round patty in a squash and rice casserole. All very good and cheap!
Found it very easily, too. Don't be afraid to go down these random alleys!
Great place Great master Great Food. A must go!!
the map doesnt quite point to the right place check out the webpage http://a-ju.org/info/access.html to get accurate directions.
I'm a vegetarian that has lived in Osaka for a long time and felt there were poor offerings for vegetarians. I finally came across Vegetable Bar Aju, and it's wide assortment of vegan and veg-friendly dishes. Everything I've had there, from the vegetarian fondue to the special appetizers and main course dishes has a degree of pure taste that surpasses just about anything I've had anywhere else. They offer a lunch bento set from 12-2:00 and in the evening you can order off their full menu. It's a small building with only a few tables, but once you check it out it'll be hard to not frequently return.
Updated from previous review on Friday July 06, 2012
I often go there to get Vegan Lunch Box, with Tofu hamburgs or soy meat nuggets, etc, it has a great volume and you can eat at there, too. The price is AMAZING!! 500 yen for that gorgeous lunch! Makes you want to go there every day!
How to get there, go to subway Tanimachi station, exit no.1 go inside the arcade (shotengai) walk about 100m until you see the nail/cell phone decoration (with swalovski stones) salon then turn left for about 40m. and you will see a small signboard says "あじゅ” should be 5 min. from the station.
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