All Reviews by kat.ross
1-10-14 Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
delicious and filling!
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.
2-1-24 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuoku, Osaka, Japan
First day in Osaka for vegan & vegetarian - great!
I am vegan and my boyfriend is vegetarian. We fortunately printed off a list of veggie friendly restaurants before flying to Japan, as we'd heard eating food without fish would be difficult here. As Osaka was our first destination, we decided to go to Cafe ATL. The directions on this site were very good, as we spotted the Krispy Kreme store straight away. The cafe was lovely inside, and there were only two other people there along with myself and my boyfriend. We don't speak Japanese, however have learned a few key phrases to ask for the type of food we can and can't have, and the staff at Cafe ATL were very accommodating. They complimented us on our Japanese, and said if we were going to Tokyo we'd have to try Deva Deva Cafe. I had brown rice with vegetable curry, which was delicious, and my other half said the dish he had was lovely too. A good start to what we're hoping will be a great trip - thanks Cafe ATL for restoring our hope in finding veggie food in Japan :-)
8F, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita Ward, Umeda, Osaka, Japan
Double checked this today, and the vege-ramen is not vegan friendly. It doesn't contain any actual chunks of meat, but it is made with fish stock. Staff were very nice, but we canceled our order.
Sohyun Bldg, 813-8, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Delicious vegan buffet
We went here yesterday and were so impressed! The price (for the amount of food on offer) is really reasonable actually, especially for a buffet which is all vegan - I'd have paid double for that! There is so much to choose from too. I had one of the soups to start with, I tried to have a bit of most things, and was so ridiculously full. The nice thing about the place is that you can get Korean style food without meat - we had the bulgogi style strips and deep fried tofu which were both delicious. My husband doesn't usually like fungi of any description but here he adored the fried sweet and sour mushrooms. You can add pickles to complement your dish, and everything is just jam packed with flavour. If you're vegan, like eating lots of food and happen to be in Seoul, go here!
Updated from previous review on Friday December 06, 2013
Osaka Chuo-ku NishiShinsaibashi 2-8-33 2F, Osaka, Japan
We went here on 26.04.14. We originally thought it was closed as when we tried to open the door, during the stated opening hours, there was no answer. But it opened just as we were walking away. The lady was very nice and welcomed us into the cafe. It's in a strange location, and is very quiet, but once inside we were given the menu and ordered our lunch. We got the (mostly raw) lunch set for ¥1,500, which included kinpira salad, yam, a vegetable sushi-like roll, raw curry with adzuki bean rice, goji berries, zucchini pasta, a green smoothie and a sweet potato and cinnamon dessert type ball. It was a good size, and we were also offered "okawari" which is a second helping. The food is well balanced, and tastes very good if you're looking for something to make you feel healthy and bright. Would go back!
Shibuya Jingumae 3-20-13, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
We tried going to this one on 26/05/11. We were convinced we were at the right spot, and couldn't see it anywhere so asked in a local art cafe who told it was no longer there. What a shame, as it sounded lovely.
6-20 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Parashion Shibuya Bldg Ste102, Tokyo, Japan
Lovely little cafe off Harajuku
This cafe was a great find, after a busy afternoon of wandering Harajuku. The dishes are very simple but wholesome, consisting of falafel burgers, soy meat, tempeh etc, and served with organic brown rice and pickles. In many Japanese vegetarian/vegan/organic restaurants, I've still been quite nervous until the food came out, however this cafe had signs on the front of the cash register saying clearly "no eggs, no butter, no milk", so that was reassuring. Very simple food, but great to see that veganism is alive and well in Harajuku :-)
257-7 Yeonnamdong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
vegan baked goods!? what's not to like?!
This bakery is awesome! They do so many things, and everything is vegan friendly. We live in Japan, and it's so difficult to even get bread here that doesn't contain dairy and eggs, so the fact we could get breads, cakes and cookies was much appreciated. Visited a couple of times on a recent trip, and would definitely go back. I tried a beansprout and garlic (?) tofu filled bread roll, an almond bread (which was sweet and had jam inside - so good!) a raisin and walnut bread, and a tofu pizza. All were really good, and I can only say I'm glad I don't live around the corner, as I'd be as big as a house!!
Mapo-gu seokyo-dong 327-23, Seoul, South Korea
Fresh and delicious falafel
We went to Jack's Bean the night we arrived in Seoul, and we were worried they would turn us away as it was 8.50pm and they close at 9. They said it was fine and told us to take a seat while they prepared our food. We opted for the falafel wrap - if you are vegan, you need to let them know, according to the shop signage. We live in Japan, and it's therefore been a while since I've had falafel, but this was delicious, so flavoursome. The wrap was freshly warmed and filled with crisp salad and sauce, which complemented the falafel beautifully. Each falafel was quite big too, so there was a lot in there. The price is fantastic, and they also have a good range of drinks. Really convenient and in a great place too. I'd definitely go back.
3 Chome-23-38 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan
delicious and healthy!
Myself and my husband came here with friends as we were in Nagoya for the Vegan Gourmet Festival. The food at Love was really good, and at a great price too. We liked the fact you could help yourself to the salad, and that there were a number of good options. We liked it so much that we went back the second day. It's ok for those who don't speak much Japanese too, as they had a very straight forward menu, and all the food is displayed right in front of you, so very easy to point to if you get stuck. Staff are very friendly, and we were pleased to see them at the Festival too. Definitely a great stop for vegans in Nagoya!! Try the matcha gelato. Wow :-)
612-0029 Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Nishi Uramachi 4-chome 88, Kyoto, Japan
This restaurant is just brilliant. As well as serving delicious vegan fayre, they also sell ingredients and other things in case you want to try your hand at making your own. You can buy quite a few things that aren`t readily available in most stores in Japan, and they also have a lot of really great literature (in Japanese of course, but useful if anyone ever asks you why you`re vegan!) The staff are very friendly, and the service is really nice - a great atmosphere. We have been twice now, and have tried the margharita pizza (so nice to have vegan pizza in Japan!, the salad (such a great mix within the salad, and the dressing is especially amazing!) and the soy meat rice bowl - divine. Ok and now I`m hungry! Can`t wait to go back here.