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: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Tue 10:30am-10:00pm, Thu-Sun 10:30am-10:00pm.

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

Reviews (50)

First Review by kylaah

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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very nice! - Edit

cozy little restaurant near the atomic bomb dome. easy to find because there are signs outside. the service is quite slow, everyone was so nice and polite. also has wifi. the food was great! I had the excellent Japanese platter with vegetable tempura and everything was delicious. would definitely come back.

Pros: delicious, convenient location, wifi

Cons: kind of expensive

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I love it! - Edit

We went in this restaurant twice because it is in a great position and the food tastes sooo good!! I ate udon with vegetables(super good!) , tenpura, edamame, miso soup and chocolate cake (all of that was vegan and presented in a very nice way) you have to try the chocolate cake!!!! One of the best vegan dessert I've ever tasted!! I took one slice of it away for my breakfast of the day after!
Host speaks english and she's very very kind!!

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très bon restaurant - Edit

le personnel est très accueillant, nous avons opté pour les Yakiudon (udon sautés aux legumes) et le plat du jour (soupe miso,tempura de légumes, edamane, tofu moelleux avec une sauce sucree et des carrés de potiron, tout était très bien cuisiné et goutu. Nous n'avions plus de place pour le dessert mais cela paraissait délicieux.

Pros: c'est une partie du menu qui est entièrement vegan

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Near the Peace Memorial Museum - Edit

Easy to miss but worth a visit, just outside the downtown market area and near to the Peace Museum and park. It was on the second floor opposite a hobby/games/otaku shop (also worth a visit). I wasn't expecting to find anywhere on our quick visit to Hiroshima but this place was a good find.

I had the Udon noodle dish and my partner had a mixed platter. We shared some tempura fried vegetables. The host spoke perfect English and was welcoming on a fairly quiet day. The dishes were presented on very upscale crockery. The prices were very fair and the dishes were very filling. Pudding was a chocolate cake for my partner and I tried the Banana Spring Roll - it sounds interesting, and is interesting, but I probably would have had something else in retrospect. Beer and wine reasonably priced.

Didn't have much time to explore Hiroshima restaurants but this was a lucky find.

Pros: Location, Variety, Value

Cons: Banana spring roll sounds better than it is

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Great Lunch or Dinner Spot Near Peace Memorial - Edit

During our 4 night stay in Hiroshima, we visited Art Elk Cafe 3 times. On the first two occasions we stopped by for lunch and had the Excellent Vegan Platter consisting of miso soup, onigiri, tofu, salads and tempura.

The night we went for dinner the menu was much the same with a couple of additional side options. I had the Hiroshima Yakiudon which was delicious with a side of garlic bread which they were able to make vegan for me! I ended the meal with a banana spring roll.

All staff speak very good English as it seems like they hold English lessons in the cafe itself. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and attentive.

On our final visit the owner (?) came and spoke to us and while not vegan herself, was very interested in veganism and providing for her vegan customers.

Add this one to the must do list in Hiroshima!

Pros: Great location, Friendly Staff, Vegan options!

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Super chocolate cake :) - Edit

We went twice to Art Elk Cafe to enjoy the delicious vegan chocolate cake they offer :)
Because it is a "non vegetarian restaurant" happy cow only allows to give 4 out of 5 - the cake deserves a "5 stars" :)

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Lovely little Cafe in Hiroshima - worth a visit - Edit

We were very happy to come across the Art Elk Cafe (thanks to HappyCow). The food was fantastic especially the stir fried Udon noodles. We had to visit twice to get another feed of the delicious udon dish. The venue was fantastic and the decor lovely. The prices were not too expensive (and not cheap). Easy to find and the staff are fantastic with English too.

Pros: Delicious food , Good portion size, Lovely friendly atmosphere and venue

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