All Reviews by davidredstone
Domus Hyakumanben 3F, 28-20 Tanak-monzenmae, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Easy to find, friendly staff, good food.
19 Apr 2013
Cafe Proverbs is easy to find, has friendly staff, ample seating, and an extensive menu. The food was also very good. I'm really happy we found it.
'Cafe Proverbs 15:17'...
Although we're not religious by any stretch of the imagination, I looked up the Proverbs 15:17 verse:
"Better is a dish of vegetables where love is
than a fattened ox and hatred with it"
Nice message :)
This verse is printed on the menus, and we had just thought it was weird 'Engrish'!
After we found 'Sunny Place' closed, we came around the corner to Cafe Proverbs. Actually this was the third time we had found a place was closed (during normal trading hours, grrrrrr! ), and subsequently found an excellent alternative. So keep looking... it's often worth it!
570 Nakano-cho, Teramachi-dori, Kyoto, Japan
Strange lady, excellent food.
16 Apr 2013
After finding Morpho closed when it was meant to be open, we headed to Mikoan. As other reviewers have said, it is the sort of place you wouldn't know is there unless someone told you, and even knowing that you're looking for a tiny door between two shops, with a long corridor leading down to the place... you might walk by a few times and miss it.
When we arrived, the door to the corridor to Mikoan was closed. We couldn't open it, but the handwritten signs showed it was a vegetarian eatery, so we asked a lady in the shop next door. She also tried the door and looked confused, and could not tell us anything in English. I called the phone number on the door, and someone answered but did not speak. After saying 'Hello' a few too many times, a lady came down the corridor, opened the gate, put a sign outside, and lead us in.
When we reached the end of the corridor, the lady opened a door and shut it, leaving us outside. My girlfriend thought it was very rude, but we opened the door and followed the lady in. The place had no people in it, but was full of so many things everywhere. She pointed to stools at the end of the bar and we sat. We noticed that classical music (Western, not Japanese) was playing. She handed us English menus that had 'lunch set' and 'dinner set' (with no explanations), and some drinks. The lady then proceeded to feed her cat at the other end of the bar -- I mean, the cat stood on a stool and ate from a plate on the bar, like a customer!
Anyway, although she could not really speak any English other than 'Menu has no meat, no fish, no eggs, no butter', we had read the reviews and knew the food was vegetarian, so we ordered the dinner set for two, and a couple of beers (she has Yebisu and Guiness on tap).
WOW! She came out with two trays full of small traditional Japanese dishes, and everything was different, except for the rice and miso soup on each. She said 'share', and we did. The food was really excellent! Fantastic!
While we were there, two Japanese men came in. One spoke good English and said he was from Kyoto and had never travelled outside of Japan. The lady finally smiled and laughed as she chatted with the locals. I asked the English-speaking man to translate our appreciation of the wonderful food!
We paid 1000 Yen each for the dinner, and 550 Yen each for the beer, so about 3000 Yen (roughly $30 Australian/US). This is expensive for Japan, but really it was well worth it for us to sample such fine Japanese food.
Nishiki-dori, 198-1, Kyoto, Japan
We couldn't find the mythical door...
16 Apr 2013
After reading so many good reviews about 'Hale', we went searching for it, but failed to find the mythical door 9or any coridor) that people have described. The area is a very busy marketplace full of tiny shops, and it is hard to walk quickly through the crowds. I would not recommend trying to find this place if you are very hungry or pressed for time.
Uguisudanicho 15-10, Royal Palace Shibuya 103, Tokyo, Japan
12 Apr 2013
We found this place just up the road from where we were staying with a friend.
It was not hard to find, the staff spoke English, the food was tasty, and it was not too expensive (but certainly not cheap). There's a lunch deal where you pick and mix from dishes that are behind glass.
The food was nowhere near as good as T's Tantan (inside Tokyo train Station), but it was good to find a local vegetarian place.
Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Tanaka-Mon-zen-cho 96-2, Kyoto, Japan
Easy to find. Great food. Lovely old lady.
19 Apr 2013
We had dinner at Sujata this evening. It is easy to find. We went in half an hour before closing time, and the old lady requested we order the Japanese set dinner, and pointed at the wall. We did, and it was fabulous!
You can eat downstairs at the bar or some tables there, or upstairs. We were upstairs. you sit on the floor on mats, in front of low tables.
The set menu was 840 Yen, and the dessert we had was 400 Yen.
The old lady did not speak much English, but she smiled and was friendly. there was also a young guy helping her serve the food.
The food was similar to Mikoan -- traditional Japanese dishes, vegan style. I highly recommend it. The only downside is that the food took a long time to prepare. That said, there was a group of about 8 next to us upstairs, and downstairs was full. I completely understand the longish wait, and really enjoyed the food.
168-2 Tanaka Ōichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan
Closed during normal lunch hours
19 Apr 2013
I'm getting really annoyed at how many places are closed (without explanation) when they are meant to be open!
Tokyo Station, 1F, Keiyo Street, Tokyo, Japan
Brilliant! A must-eat!
12 Apr 2013
After failing to find Ain Soph in Ginza, we went to T's Tantan in the underground area of Tokyo Station. Buy a ticket, go underground, look for an food area called 'Keiyo Street'. T's is the last place on the right. It's not too hard to find.
When we arrived, it was full of locals and some foreigners. The food was absolutely fantastic, and I'd venture to say it was some of the best vegan food I've ever tried. The staff gave us an English menu and they spoke enough English to take our order and answer a few questions.
If you're in Tokyo, you are probably going to be in the Tokyo train station at some point. Go and eat at T's!
Price guide: 850 Yen mains. We spend AUD$30 for 2 set meals (main + small bowl) and hot tea. It's not the absolute cheapest place around, but is also not very expensive.
67-7 Kitashirakawa Oiwakecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan
Lovely place, run by a family from Fukushima
19 Apr 2013
Tosca is on the main road 'Imadegawa Dori', not far from another veg place called 'Sujata'.
Tosca is run by a family from Fukishima. They moved after the disaster there. We met the mother and two daughters, and another lady who worked there. The mother and she said they used to have a restaurant in Tokyo, but moved to Kyoto. She has two daughters who run Tosca, who used to live in Australia, and a third daughter still lives in Australia. They are all friendly and speak quite good English.
Other than being a little expensive, we liked the location, staff and food. If you are in the area of Ginkakuji -- the 'Silver Temple' -- it's worth checking out Tosca.
There is another place called Sujata which is just up the road, and is cheaper, but it is smaller and busier. We got served quickly at Tosca. Depending on how much time and money you have, this may or may not be important to you. Or, you could be like us, and visit every place you can!
They said they will update their website with English in due course.
The mother also told us she and her husband run macrobiotic/fasting retreats in the Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, Australia. If you're interested in Macrobiotics or fasting, ask them about it...
612-0029 Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Nishi Uramachi 4-chome 88, Kyoto, Japan
They fed me for free, while it was closed!
17 Apr 2013
I went to Vegans Cafe and Restaurant around 4:30pm on a Wednesday. It was not difficult to find. It turns out that, like many places, they close between lunch and dinner. The front was open, so I walked in. There was only a young boy, who couldn't speak any English. He disappeared and came back with a cold pizza, and disappeared again. He gave me a printed note saying they were not open until later, but that there was a pizza, and if it was good, to eat it. I did, and the boy refused to accept any money.
I had walked about 15km that day, and was very hungry. I was really surprised that they helped me even though they were closed, and that they wouldn't accept any money!
The menu looked quite good, and the prices were reasonable. If you are visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine, please give this restaurant your patronage!