Banwarou - Mimika

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139 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku (at Chinatown), Yokohama, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. This little Taiwanese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown has a separate vegetarian menu and a gregarious owner. Try the sesame paste noodles. No English menu - see the picture menu on the wall. Chinese name 萬和樓(味味香), address 神奈川県横浜市中区山下町139. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Chinese, Taiwanese, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by halmill

Tiwanese restaurant with lots of vegan options - Edit

Location on googlemaps, happycow and tripadvisor is wrong. Search googlemaps for 萬和樓 (you can find the ‘local’ name on tripadvisor). Or search for Emperor Guan’s shrine in googlemaps and the restaurant is opposite the end of the gate and has a yellow sign and a sign saying vegetarian hand written in the door.

More vegan options than meat options it seemed but enough to keep both veggie / vegan and meat eater happy.

Place is small and a little basic. I had eggplant which was OK and mapo tofu which was good. Prices do seem a little high...

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A little beat down but works for vegetarian - Edit

It was hard to find first of all. Aukat google map the Japanese name to find correct gps path. Food was kind of oily but at this point my expectations of veh food in Japan is too low to complain about quality of vegetarian food. It's more about existence of vegetarian food

Pros: vegetarian menu with photos, host knows decent level of English

Cons: some dishes are expensive, menu not in english

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Delicious - Edit

The best option for a vegan visiting the Yokohama Chinatown. I had the mapo tofu and was extremely tasty and amazing, probably the best I’ve tried ever. Also had some steamed gyozas which were nice. Service is good and there’s plenty of vegan options.

Note: the pin on the map can be confusing as well at the Google Maps address. Just search for the Kantei-Byo shrine and the place is right next to it (see the attached picture)

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Dingy restaurant - Edit

I wasn't confident in the food I was advised was vegan. The meal was sloppy and tasted as if it had been sitting in a pot for 3 days waiting to be heated. The owner was friendly but that was the only positive. The place was far from appetising.
Later in the evening I felt incredibly ill and feel as though it was because of the food I ate here.

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Curious place - Edit

I went with Japanese friends so I didn't have any problem to understand and make questions. The veggie options are displayed in a wall, the owner was really funny and the place was unique. Servings are big, it's better to share and try several ones.

Pros: Vegan options in Chinatown.

Cons: It can be pricey, depends on what you ask for.

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Lovely owner - Edit

The only vegan option restaurant at China Town Yokohama. So I couldn't resist to try. The owner was lovely and fun. He was happy that I could speak Japanese so I'm not sure if he speaks English. The vegetarian menu is clearly pointed out but most of it is rather on the wall as pictures. Would've been better if the price is also indicated. Ordered the chilli shrimps made of soy meat and steamed dumplings. Both were delicious but interestingly the soy meat had a fishy taste. I asked again whether it is really seafood free and he assured it... So I could only believe him. I must mention that the price is relatively expensive. Maybe not if you're more than one person so you can share the dishes.

中華街唯一の精進・ビーガン対応レストラン。前から気になっていましたので、行きました。一人でも入りやすく、オーナーさんがとても奇策で面白かったです。ビーガンメニューは壁にも大きく書いてあり、安心でした。ただ、お値段が一緒に貼ってほしかったです。大豆ミートのエビチリと水餃子を頂きました。とても美味しかったのですが、大豆ミートがなぜかほのかに魚の味がして、心配になりました。もう一度確認したのですが、もちろん入っていないと言われました。信じるしかなかったです。お値段は一人にしては高め、何人かでいけば色々頼んで割り勘すればいいと思います。

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Simply delicious - Edit

Different veg choices, delicious and friendly! I went there twice!! A little bit expensive but the best veg restaurant in yokohama!!

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it's a nice place - Edit

Cute owner , chanti
With vegetarian menu that could choose with or without garlic n onion

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delicious and friendly - Edit

The menu wasn't in english so I asked the lady what was her favourite. She served me what seemed like sweet potato in a ketchupy tomato sauce. I had never tried anything like that but it was really good.

This lady was really friendly and asked questions about my travel and my country.

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pricy but good noodles - Edit

The sesame noodles were good and I finished off the sauce with a bowl of rice to help make it more filling. For 1150 yen kinda pricey but I guess that's Japan

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small&nice - Edit

the owner explained us the vegetarian menu in english because we didn't understand all the kanji so don't be afraid if you don't speak or read japanese :) the food was 100% self made, arrived fast, tasted great and fresh, you could feel it was homemade with experience :) the only negative aspects for us were the kinda small portions so you have to spend more money if you're hungry.

Pros: big choice of various foods, perfect taste

Cons: a bit pricey but still at an understandable rate

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Closed at 4pm on a Friday :( - Edit

Wandering around Chinatown, my hubs and I were famished. We found this place, but the shutters were down. Too bad, I was excited to try it...

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quaint veg-friendly in Yokohama - Edit

when I walked in I was greeted by the word "vegetarian?", as a man gestured to a table. This place is really quaint and appears to be a slightly modified downstairs kitchen of a family home. Not sure why he assumed I was looking for vegetarian but this is the ONLY place in Yokohama that seemed to cater to anything of the sort so it was a nice welcome for me. I had the sesame noodles which were basically flat rice (?) noodles covered in bean sprouts, poke roots, and other greens. This was simmered in a sesame paste/peanut sauce (I think). In any case, there was an entire page of "vegetarian" options on the menu, although no English translations. I went with the noodles since it was my first time and that's what the proprietor recommended. If you are in Yokohama and don't want to get on the train to search out other vegan/veg places in and around Tokyo then this is a good place. Plus its got great character. Its on one of the backstreets of China Town and directly adjacent to some sort of temple. So if you don't get caught in a thunderstorm without an umbrella, as I did, then it would be perfect for a moderately priced meal, a visit to the temple (I didn't go in cause it seemed there was an entrance fee but not sure) and an evening stroll through the steam-filled streets of Yokohama's China Town.

Pros: vegetarian, quaint

Cons: no english menu

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