Ain Soph.Ginza

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4-12-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Ain Soph's first restaurant, est. 2010, is located in Ginza near Higashi Ginza station. Re-opened 2016 after refurbishment, the ground floor now features a vegan sweets shop which is open til 9pm daily. The second to fourth floor is the restaurant where plant based Japanese French fusion meals and seasonal desserts are served. NOTE: may use a rice farming method which involves the slaughter of ducks aftwer harvest. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Last lunch order 2:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, International, Japanese, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, French, Fusion

39 Reviews

First Review by jacqui

Food was ok, not worth the price - Edit

I came with high expectations since I’ve been to Ain Soph.Journey (Shinjuku) and loved it. I don’t quite get why people love Ain Soph.Ginza that much. The service wasn’t that great - the guy serving us looked really grumpy - and the food isn’t worth the price. I had the course, which consists of salad, soup, a 9 small side dishes plate (can’t remember the name), dessert and drink, way too expensive (around ¥3500) for what it is. The salad was fine but the soup was bland and I can say that I only really liked 1 of the 9 dishes. It’s not bad, just not worth that much. The only thing that made this visit ok was the desserts, tasty and delicious just like Ain Soph.Journey (totally recommend the pancakes - fluffy, tasty and complete with fruits, ice cream and all of that).
So, overall, it was ok but definitely not worth the price. I understand that it’s a nice building in Ginza and all of that, but just not worth it. I’ve been to lots of nice vegan restaurants in Tokyo with a much affordable price, same presentation, better service, etc.

Pros: Pancakes

Cons: Way too expensive , Bland food

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welcome vegan find - Edit

Eat the rainbow! Beautiful colours and fresh flavours.
While pricey, the food , service & venue made it worthwhile.

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Nice presentation - Edit

Celebrated my birthday with friend, quiet spot, delicious food.

Pros: Friendly staff, Original food and drinks, Nice presentation

Cons: Small

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very good but really expensive. - Edit

This place has some of the best vegan food in Tokyo. Only draw back is that it's insanely expensive.

Pros: delicious food. , friendly service.

Cons: $$$$$

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Pricey but good for the area - Edit

Ain Soph Ginza is one of the only (or at least better known) vege places in Ginza, and it does a great job at providing a tasty and fresh meal. I got the mushroom hayashi-rice which was good, but a little overpowering on the sauce. The bento is extremely large as well, so be sure to get that only if you are very hungry! The bento is also the most expensive vege meal I'd seen, at approx ¥4,000. It's good for an occasional treat, but not a meal you would return for every week.

Pros: Tasty food, Good if you're in Ginza

Cons: Highly priced

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Pricey but nice(y) :) - Edit

Went there for a dinner. It’s a small setting but we were lucky there was room for us!

The food was tasty. My partner had chosen something that had been sold out and was given something similar instead, which he thought was OK. I went for their nutty dry curry which I thought was tasty but could have used a little more substance and less rice. A little expensive but OK overall.

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Loved it! - Edit

I loved the place. It's really cute, from outside and inside. The prices are alright for Japan. What I loved most about it, is that I didn't need to worry what I pick, because it's all at least vegetarian, if not even vegan. That's pretty great, if you don't speak the language. The only thing I was a bit disappointed about was the small menu. For lunch there's only 3 options, which makes it a bit difficult if you don't like everything vegetarian/vegan.
Still I loved the food. I had the Mushroom Hayashi-Rice and even though I'm not a big fan of Mushrooms, it was pretty good.

Pros: clean, all veg, friendly staff

Cons: small menu

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Beautifully presented - Edit

Great food and service at Ain Soph on Saturday night. Having arrived in Tokyo that morning we were delighted to find a vegan restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. The food was beautiful and we were really looked after by the team. We did book ahead as it's quite snug but only a few hours in advance. The box with 9 delicate selections was a great mix of flavours and a fab welcome to Japan.

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love it - Edit

I had the box with 9 items. I dont know Japanese but it was so nice to just eat it knowing everything is vegan. I have no idea what it was but it was great. Thanks

Pros: Japanese vegan food, close to metro stop , great location and easy to find

Cons: a little expensive but is worth it

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tasteful and delicious - Edit

The food is extremely good. One of the best meals I've had in Japan.

Everything was great but the pancakes were the highlight of our meal.

Note that this place is fancy and expensive. This meant I needed a microscope to spot the minuscule slice of cheesecake they had allegedly brought me.

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One of the best - Edit

They are tied with Dr Vegan from Seoul in terms of presentation.

Pros: Presentation, Quality, Taste

Cons: None

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luxury food - Edit

the food price is slightly expensive. few variety of the menu...a comfort place to relax

Pros: high quality of food

Cons: space too small (japan no choice)

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really really really good! - Edit

Pricey but holy moly it's good food. Lovely place, would definitely eat here again. The pancakes are out of this world.

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Nice and cosy - Edit

This quiet little restaurant is hidden away up above the kitchen and entrance. On a cold, wet Tokyo night, we had a pleasant meal here. I can't recall the names of the dishes, but there was an omelette, mushroom type dish and rice. While it was pricey for what it was, the service was great and the overall feeling of the place was warm and cosy. The food was good too, although it may be a little limited for some people. Recommend if you're after a more upmarket style vegan meal.

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Delicious vegan cake - Edit

We went here in the afternoon to have vegan cake. The place is very cozy, quiet and bright. Staff spoke english and was very friendly. We tried the pancake with fruits, ice cream and soy cream as well as a cheesecake. Even for Japanese standard it was quite pricy, but super delicious and really nicely arranged. If you can afford it, I highly recommend to try it.

Pros: 100% vegan , Delicious , Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive

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Delicious food - Edit

Enjoyed a delicious meal, (carrot soup and mixed box). Everything was fresh and light. The wait staff attentive and accomodating. Will go back again.

Pros: Fressh food, Attentive staff, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Small, only seats 12 so there could be a wait

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Wow! - Edit

Pricy but amazing!!!
Try it before you leave Japan.

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Delicious, inventive food - Edit

We had a fantastic dinner at this intimate restaurant in the Ginza district.

We had a vegan cheese fondue as a starter, which was served with bread as well as a variety of vegetables for dipping. We then shared a vegan Spanish omelette and soy nuggets. All the dishes were well cooked and thoughtfully presented.

The highlight of our meal was dessert - we shared a wonderfully creamy vegan cheesecake and a helping of pancakes. Both were delicious and they were the best vegan pancakes we found in Japan (we tried a few!).

Only downside was the price - even for Tokyo standards, this place seemed a little expensive

Pros: Inventive, Atmosphere

Cons: Price

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Good, honest vegan food - Edit

Small restaurant in a side street in ginza. Although closing lunch at 14.30 the staff greeted us and made lunch especially as we had come all the way to eat. Shared 2 bento boxes, 3 rice dishes, some drinks and pancakes between 4 people. Plenty of food! The tastes were more Indian than Japanese, and the food was beautifully presented. However, it did take almost 1 hour before our food arrived, but seeing as they made is especially for us I think this is not the normal case. Menu quite small, and drink menu large. The pancakes are as good as they are made out to be! Also tried some other tasty desserts, all vegan. As the restaurant is located in ginza it is on the pricier side.

Pros: Nice presentation, good portion size, Nice flavours, friendly staff, English menu , Good desserts

Cons: Expensive, a bit slow , Hard to find, Not mind blowing in terms of flavour

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lovely lunch - Edit

We had a lovely lunch consisting of the Bento Box and the mushroom brown rice. All delicious. It was quiet and peaceful and staff were very friendly and helpful. We'll go again.

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I miss old Ain Soph - Edit

I went to Ain Soph. Ginza for the first time few years back and loved it back then. Unfortunately with every visit, the portions are smaller and more expensive and the service slower. Today I had a box of several sides, which costed almost 4000 yen and felt more like a small appetiser. I ordered bread as a side, and got two tiny slices of baguette, each slice costing 200 yen. I made a mistake of ordering hot tea after the meal, which costed almost 1000 yen for a glass that was half of the usual glass size. The food is all right (although I still don't get the tortilla wrapped in foil, served with cheap tasting nachos), but when you order a normal sized meal, it gets expensive.

Pros: Lots of vegetables, Good for romantic dinner, Good location

Cons: Tiny space

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Nice place - Edit

The interior of this place is so nice! The menu wasn't in English, and the waitress didn't speak fluent English, but this didn't bother me because I knew the whole menu was vegan so we just pointed at something, which turned out to be a bento box. The food was good, but on the expensive side approx $50AUD for 2 including tea (we shared the bento box). They also have desserts like tiramisu and takeaway treats like biscuits and granola which looked yum.

Pros: Easy to find, Fully vegan menu, Nice staff and beautiful interior

Cons: No English menu

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Mystical - Edit

Many apps, magazines, tourist guides and websites list Ain Soph Ginza as the number 1 vegetarian restaurant in Tokyo. Many reviewers say they never even got in because one needs a reservation. Others tried to find it, but never succeeded. So I didn't even try to eat here. However, yesterday we stumbled upon it by accident and there was a table available, even without having reservations. Lucky us!

The architecture of the building is wonderfully weird. It has many half floors. The kitchen is spread over two half floors and the guests sit at three different levels. The waiter actually has to go outside to building to bring food to guests at the second and third floor.

So how about the food? It makes it all worth while! The menu (both in Japanese and English) has lots of variety and even the pictures look tasty! I had the "nutty dry curry" and my friend had an actual curry. We shared a plate of fried fake meat. This was a high calorie choice, we both needed some energy. Ain Soph also offers many low calorie dishes.

The taste was absolutely superb. The ingredients are all fresh and high quality. The cooking is done exactly right with no excess oil or dressing, thereby enjoying the pure taste of the ingredients themselves. I now understand why people make reservations ahead. Now I understand why people search so hard to find this place!

Pros: great taste, English menu, healthy choice

Cons: hard to find, very busy, reservations recommended, not the cheapest choice

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Nice place, good location, a little pricey - Edit

First off, the first time we tried to eat here it was shut, so they have recently changed their opening times. On the door it says 11 - 4pm with last orders at 4pm. We got there just after 4 and although it was full of diners, they had the door shut and closed sign hanging. When we returned another day we saw from the menu that they serve the lunch menu until 3pm then a 'tea' menu of cakes and snaks only until 4pm.
A similar menu to their branch in Shinjuku which we also ate in, a sweet pleasant location and always very busy. Staff again were pleasant and friendly and food delicious. It is a bit more expensive but the food is delicious and quality very high.

Pros: pancakes!, location in Ginza, friendly staff

Cons: bit expensive

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set menu - Edit

I have to disagree with some of the great reviews this restaurant has gotten. I thought the food was way overpriced. I understand that the location of the restaurant is really central and the interior was definitely pretty. But the dishes or their presentation weren't anything special. I ordered the set menu for lunch for 3,900 yen and nothing in it was great. Everything tasted fresh but the portions were really small and you can get better vegan food at many places. We also got a bag of vegan donuts to go for 700yen and they weren't awesome either.

Pros: vegan, pretty interior

Cons: not value for money

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Great restaurant! - Edit

My boyfriend and I had a bit of a date-night splurge at this restaurant - and it was well worth it!

We actually didn't book - I didn't read reviews that said you should - and it was a week night so I thought we would be okay. However it was pretty busy and we were lucky to ge ta table so I would recommend you book.

The restaurant is beautiful with a lit up spiral staircaise out the front so you can't miss it.

We sat a table on the second floor and the ambience was wonderful! Perfectly lit, nice music and just perfect.

We ordered a couple of beers and glasses of wine as well as 7 courses to share between us - every dish was just wonderful. Tasted great and perfectly presented!

Highly recommend checking out this place :)

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

Cons: Ginza is a bit out of the way

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elegant little place - Edit

Easy to find. Food menu in English and the friendly staff spoke some English too. I had a set menu which was filling enough for dinner. Not a cheap meal but what I would expect to pay for this part of town and style of food.

Pros: Nice food, English available, easy to find

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