Art Cafe ELK

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1-7-23 Otemachi, Naka-ku (at 2F Nakahara Bldg), Hiroshima, Japan, 730-0051

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe on the 2nd floor offering food and drinks as well hosts international language and friendship events. Air-conditioned with view of the shopping streets below. Advertises a 'vegetarian tourists welcome' sign. Has 4 items on its vegetarian menu, written in both English and Japanese. Vegans specify and staff will assist. Near Atomic Bomb dorm. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Tue 10:30am-10:00pm, Thu-Sun 10:30am-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Japanese, Western, Non-veg

57 Reviews

First Review by kylaah

Interesting place - Edit

The restaurant is in a very convenient location and offers a range of vegan options. We tried the BLT sandwich and the udon noodles and bad the chocolate cake for dessert.
Service was good and quick, food was alright. The sandwich didn't have any special taste even though it looked really good! The potato wedges were delicious.
The udon dish was nice but a bit oily. We shared both dishes and were still a bit hungry after. The chocolate cake was moist and yummy but not the best I've ever tried (it's worth getting it though) :)
We found the food to be rather expensive.

We went once during our three day stay and preferred to have okonomiyaki the other nights :P

Pros: nice vegan options, convenient location

Cons: quite expensive

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Art Cafe ELK - Edit

this was recommended by the omnivorous hosts of the hostel we stayed in, when they learnt we were vegetarians.

there was one lady manning the place and not many other customers when we visited, and on entering we were left alone for quite a long while before she attended to us. though it gave us enough time to peruse the menu several times, i found this rather surprising for an eatery in japan, having been so used to warmer hospitality almost elsewhere else. my karaage meal was also served way, way later than the other two dishes.

the omni in our group had the oyster set meal, which he thoroughly enjoyed along with a pint of beer. the other had the japanese-style vegetarian platter, and i tried the vegan karaage. we also ordered wedges to share, without knowing that my meal came with them. we were stuffed soon enough. i liked the crispy exterior of the karaage but not quite the nondescript, textureless, doughy mock meat inside, which i later learnt was made of gluten. the potato wedges were nice.

i'd be happy to go back to try other dishes in future. 3.5 stars.

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-21

Pros: cosy place near peace park and hondori, vegan options marked on menu, good place for omnis/veg*ns to dine together

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Great food at great price - Edit

Loads of vegan options, savoury and sweet. Our non-veg friends also really enjoyed! English menu, very reasonable price.

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Best in Hiroshima for vegans - Edit

Hiroshima is not the easiest city for vegetarians/vegans, but thankfully there's Art Cafe Elk. While this place also serves meat and fish, the staff is perfectly aware of veganism and the menu has plenty of veg options. We had a very delicious noodle dish and fried mock chicken with salad. Very good modern restaurant near the Dome and Peace Park.

Pros: staff speaks English, located in city centre, fair prices

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Bless up Art Elk 🙏 - Edit

This joint was hot fyre 🔥. Bless up fams, cause we finally got a joint that serves a fyre vegan karaage set 🙏🔥.

Karaage set = major key 🔑
Stir-fried udon noodle = major 🔑
Major VEGAN KEY ALERT 🚨 - Vegan Chocolate Cake 🔥💥

Don't play yourself and eat at Art Cafe Elk 😎

Pros: LIT, section of menu dedicated to vegans, Tasty

Cons: none

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Great vegan options - Edit

Very friendly english speaking staff, nice view above the street if you're at the window. The food was delicious, good portions and fair prices. The chocolate cake was nice, too!
Only con: Music was kinda annoying

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-22

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great veg friendly option - Edit

great veg friendly find in hiroshima where being vegan can be difficult. Not strictly vegan but has a good easily distinguised vegan menu and very friendly staff who speak pretty good english. have tried the noodles, vegan platter and new items vegan karaage and blt and were all very good.

Pros: good vegan options, friendly staff, small cozy atm

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Very Japanese Vegan - Edit

Lovely little cafe / restaurant near Hondori station. Sara had noodles which she reported as excellent and spicy. I had the vegan platter which was a fabulous composition of flavours with tofu, rice, veg and pickles. Plus the best miso I've had since arriving in Japan. Great service, decent portions and reasonably priced. A highly enjoyable and distinctly Japanese meal in easy going surroundings. Strongly recommend.

Pros: Great food, Cosy environment

Cons: Very limited menu for vegans, but the dishes we tr

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Decent Food - Edit

This cafe is nicely located on Hondori close to Peace Park and is a nice 2F space. Came here for dinner and ordered the vegan platter and vegetable tempura. While the platter was presented nicely, we found the dishes a little lacking compared to similar dishes had elsewhere in Japan. The tempura was also ordinary, being a bit oily and lacking crisp flavour. The vegan chocolate cake, however, was excellent and was a nice way to finish off a meal. Overall the food was OK, but I had hoped for more. I should also mention it would be good if they varied their music playlist, as when we were there, one (frustratingly catchy) pop song was played on repeat the whole time.

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So great! - Edit

Idéalement placé, à moins de 5min du A-dome, staff très sympathique qui peut répondre à toutes vos questions ou simplement venir discuter un peu avec vous. Le fromage (au lait de noix) et la viande végétales sont fait main (pour les bagels par exemple), et les assiettes sont très bien fournies. Les prix sont raisonnables bien que ce ne soit pas le restaurant vegan meilleur marché que j'ai pu faire jusqu'à présent (environ 1800¥ pour un bagels et un mix de noix).

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food good, service not - Edit

I live in Hiroshima and have wanted to visit this place for a while. It was disappointing that the service took a long time, it wasn't friendly and our waitress told us she was the owner. We were surprised of the bad quality of customer service.
The food took a long time but it was very good. I won't be returning due to the service though.

Pros: English menu

Cons: not a lot of variety

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Delicious! - Edit

I went to ELK with my Omni friends, we all ordered off the vegan menu and enjoyed every meal. The Hiroshima style udon stir fry was amazing as was the karaage "chicken" and the new BLT. The location was extremely convent for us, just a minute from the dome and the service was wonderful.

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Great tofu! - Edit

Extremely convenient location for visiting the peace park and the cafè serves great vegan sets with very tasty tofu.

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Ordinary/Rude - Edit

The owner was oddly terse to us and made us feel unwelcome. I have never received that kind of service in Japan before.
Unfortunately the food was just as poor. The vegan plate was plain, uninspired and well overpriced for what it is and compared to every other restaurant. Worst tempura I've eaten, flavorless and oily. It's difficult to understand other reviews said anything favourable of it. Very convenient location.

Pros: Location, Window, Door

Cons: Service, Food, Price

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Great for lunch! - Edit

Conveniently located near my favorite place to go in Hiroshima. Very close to Peace Park/Museum and Hondori Street.
There's enough veggie and vegan options here to have a food lunch.
We both ordered something different and shared it all (: . The yakiudon and sandwich set were good, especially the yakiudon!

Also tasted the chocolate cake, which was really good!

Pros: Enough veggie and vegan options. , Not expensive. , Conveniently located

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great vegan tempura - Edit

Delicious Japanese food. Cafe opens at 10:30am most of the year and 9am in the summer.

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Loved it! - Edit

Very nice, full off flavour the Japanese vegan platter.. the lady also made it gluten free for me. I was really amazed and very full at the end. I brought the vegan chocolate cake back to the hostel (I had to try that one!!) for tomorrow morning with my own coffee ♡_♡
But...I think I will love it.
Also very nice envoirment, tiny but cosy. Loved it!

Pros: nice, friendly staff, good proportions , gluten free as well

Cons: wish there where more gluten free, vegan dishes ♡

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Delicious Vegan platter! - Edit

I went to this cafe for brunch and it was great! I had the Japanese vegan platter and everything on it was delicious. It was nice to have similar ingredients to other vegan Japanese restaurants e.g. tofu, but cooked beautifully and with a lovely rich taste. The cafe caters to meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and is a great option for people travelling with others with different dietary requirements. The owner/ chef was lovely and I was even able to buy some of the side dishes which she packed for me for the train.

Pros: Nice food, Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere

Cons: None of note

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Tasty vegan options - Edit

Non-veg but has a full vegan page on their menu. Not many options, but we had them all and they were great! Unbelievable vegan chocolate cake - must get it!

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Nice cafe with vegan options - Edit

The food here was really good. I had the standard vegan set menu and had a friendly chat with the owner. The meal was great, very filling, and the tofu in particular was delicious.

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Good food - Edit

This is a very international place, one of the more international ones we came to. We were happy to have the Udon, which was delicious, and done in what I suspect was hiroshima style. Tofu was also very good. The server was a bit curt, for a japanese, and perhaps just has a bit of a overload from tourists who come across a bit rude (they don't mean it, I don't mean it, but i know for Japense it can be hard). Prices were very reasonable and it was nice to eat something other than onigiri.

Pros: good udon

Cons: server tired

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good food - Edit

I had some tasty food here. Good range of veggie options here. I recommend the side of tofu. Friendly staff and English menu make it a good experience.

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Decent vegan food - Edit

Cute cafe on the first floor that's warm and cosy with friendly staff who can speak English. Tried the vegan platter and vegan fried udon. Both were pretty good. We had to try the chocolate cake of course which was moist and not too sweet. If you come here and the place happens to be closed, don't fret. Vegan okonomiyaki is just a few shops to the right of this place (Natagaya).

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Dank café - Edit

Not entirely vegan however they do have some vegan options and the owner was telling me she wants to increase the menu.

Been multiple times, chocolate cake highly recommend and the staff speak basic English, extremely friendly. Go and support the vegan options

Pros: English, extremely warm staff.

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Separate vegan menu - Edit

I ate here twice and had lunch and dinner. There is a vegan menu in English which has small number of choices. The restaurant is upstairs, and has a funky coffee shop vibe.

There are two kinds of vegan Japanese platters, one with miso, pickles, rice balls, tofu 'steak', and edamame. Or you can get the Excellent Japanese Platter which has all of the above plus vegan tempura! The sauce on the tofu 'steak' was delicious - tasted like miso and peanut. The tempura was also nice.

There are also some vegan desserts, a chocolate cake and a banana spring roll.

The service is friendly. However, the food can be a bit expensive

Pros: Separate vegan menu (in English), Friendly staff, Arty atmosphere

Cons: A bit expensive

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Lovely atmosphere and good food - Edit

Delightful little Cafe, helpful and friendly staff and tasty vegan food. Moderately priced, but you get a good amount of food and it's yummy. Especially the vegan chocolate cake! Thanks very much!

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BEST vegan chocolate cake EVER! - Edit

I have travelled to a lot of places and visited many restaurants and eaten many vegan chocolate cakes. The one at Art Elk was the absolute best! I even asked the owner if she was sure it was vegan because it was so good and moist!

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