Vegetable Kitchen Bar Aju became all-vegan July 2013. Tiny space in Nakazakicho area with local izakaya feel, seats 10. Offer dishes such as vege Korean pork'n kimchi, soy chicken, and vege shrimp fries. Uses organic ingredients. Menu items are accompanied by photos. Has menu in Chinese. At lunch time, lunch box or burgers only. Cafe time Tue-Fri 2:30-5pm for organic coffee and cake. At 大阪市北区中崎町, subway (purple line) Nakazakicho exit 1, go through the shopping arcade for 50m, at dnail salon turn left, you'll find a signboard. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Japanese, Korean, Organic
1-10-14 Nakazaki, Kita-ku
Osaka, Japan 530-0016
06-63757791
OPEN NOW

Tue-Sun 6:00pm-10:30pm, Tue-Fri 12:00pm-2:30pm

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First Review by Vegeiko
beckettthedog
beckettthedog
  • vegetarian
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+126

Tasty Comfort Food

4
Posted on 01 / 14 / 2015

I've been to Aju several times, and I'm never disappointed. As mentioned before it's a very small place, but cozy and comfortable. There is a menu available in English and the owner/chef is a really nice guy.
Very good comfort food. Try the mock chicken skewers.


FangedHare
FangedHare
  • raw
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+46

Processed food.

2
Posted on 10 / 27 / 2014

I dropped by for lunch here on a recent trip to Osaka. Given the many positive reviews, I have to say, I expected better. A lot better.

To start with, the positives. As others have stated, the bento boxes are convenient, and the prices are reasonable.

However, the food quality leaves a lot to be desired. It's clear that factory-processed food is used fairly extensively (which negates calling anything "vegan" in my opinion). The food tasted bland and processed, and I did not feel as good as I normally do after eating "real" natural vegan food. This is made obvious even by the miso soup you can order as an extra with your meal, which in fact is just a couple of processed powder packets that you (the customer) add hot water to.

The location is also not very convenient, although in its defense, it's in one of my favorite parts of Osaka, the somewhat bohemian-like Nakazakicho. It is on a small side street off the main shopping arcade, and I recommend a map the first time. The place itself is tiny - 8 seats - and a little dark but the vibe is pleasant enough.

Basically, the advantage here would be if you are already in the area and if a bento would be useful for you rather than eating in (for example, eating outside on the way, on a nice day). I definitely cannot recommend going out of your way to come here. And in any case, I advise caution that the other reviews disappointingly do not: the food quality does not seem real/natural and is nowhere near as good as most other veg places I have tried in Japan.

I don't think it's quite as bad as deserving a 1, but still disappointing. I likely will not be coming back, but can (barely) recommend it for vegetarians, only for cheap on-the-go bentos when in the area. For vegans and those who care about natural (vs processed) food, I cannot recommend it at all. Very overrated.

Pros: Cheap bentos
Cons: Processed food
KMR607
KMR607
  • vegan
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+72

tiny, perfect for lunch

5
Posted on 09 / 18 / 2014

We unexpectedly and happily found Aju for lunch. It's very small, 3 tables, but a great veg option for a quick lunch. Lunch served in plastic bento box for easy takeout.



ltnuke
ltnuke
  • vegetarian
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+11

Osaka Gem

5
Posted on 07 / 25 / 2014

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!


LisaLisaLisa
LisaLisaLisa
  • vegetarian
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+32

Definitely a repeater!

5
Posted on 05 / 23 / 2014

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
kat.ross
kat.ross
  • vegan
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+53

delicious and filling!

5
Posted on 05 / 17 / 2014

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
AlohaEigo
AlohaEigo
  • vegetarian
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+86

Tastiest budget dinner in Osaka

5
Posted on 03 / 30 / 2014

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
kchantraine
kchantraine
  • vegetarian
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+11

Fresh and delicious

4
Posted on 03 / 25 / 2014

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!


MariaPowell
MariaPowell
  • vegan
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+32

Amazing flavours that will tantalise your tastebud

5
Posted on 08 / 19 / 2013

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.


slight07
slight07
  • vegetarian
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+11

The best Veg food in Osaka

5
Posted on 08 / 16 / 2013

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

Pros: top-notch veg food, inexpensive, Friendly service
Vegeiko
Vegeiko
  • vegetarian
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+264

Great vegan lunch box just for 500 yen! ($5)

5
Posted on 08 / 03 / 2013

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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