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Beach Muffin

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8-3-22 Zushi-shi, Sakurayama, Zushi, Japan, 249-0005

Restaurant with a tap room, housed in a funky, old building. Has 10 tables inside where customers often hang out for hours. Food consists of house-made veggie burgers, burritos, bagel sandwiches with tofu and bean spreads, herbal teas, and coffee. Desserts are tofu sundaes, in-house-made cakes and muffins. Also sells organic herbs and spices, teas, beans, nuts and dried fruits. Long-time vegetarian owner speaks English. NOTE: May use cheese in burrito and some baked goods may contain milk or eggs.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery

Reviews (3)

First Review by JesseD

Fantastic - Edit

This is a really cozy place with a great atmosphere and friendly owners & staff...music is pretty good too. The food and desserts as I understand are all handmade, and the menu changes seasonally. About 4 food items to choose from ranging from 500 to 1,200 Yen, cheapest being bagel sandwiches and enchilada the most expensive. Excellent, homemade flavors, thoughtfully presented. Desserts include brownies, cakes (500 yen) and pies (500 yen), and muffins are beautiful (380)...we took home a bunch of muffins and cookies. Lots of drinks to choose from, ranging from 300 to 700 yen including herbal teas, coffees, and sparkling fruit drinks they make at the shop and craft beers (the Zushi beer is excellent! 700 yen). Take out bakery and a small store with bulk/packaged dried fruits/ nuts, teas etc. And, really good granola!!! Free parking nearby, about a 10 - 15 minute walk from Zushi Station and about 10 min from Shin Zushi station, on the way to beach, turn on the street where you see a store called Ginger Beach and follow the little river to the sea, cafe is next to Domino Pizza. This is a great find, surprised Japan Times or other media has not written about this yet! Last year they added a tap room serving a local beer called Yorocco beer...a very consistently good solid beer. Also, a vegan friendly tap room menu is available.
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 04, 2013

Pros: great food and desserts, organic when possible, great drink selection

Cons: a little far from station, slower service on weekends, end up spending to much...?


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A Great Find! - Edit

This is indeed a funky space and very relaxing too, and the food is all handmade and taste great, as are the vegan ice cream and the baked desserts which on the day we went there was a wide range of muffins, a banana cream pie, and an apricot something cake. They have two different special kid's meals which my boys really loved and I had the veggie burger which is the best ever. They also serve some pretty interesting drinks like a lemon ginger sparkler and a local craft beer which I very much enjoyed. Staff is friendly, owner (mariko) speaks enlgish so problem with communication regarding ingredients etc. I highly recommend it! and, the map is wrong, the cafe is located a little bit further up the street away from the ocean, it is next to a convenient store.

Pros: Just really good and tasty food, Reasonably priced, Staff fluent in English and Japanese

Cons: Can't think of any really


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Charming, Funky Restaurant walkable from Beach - Edit

As the previous reviewer (and the listing) said this is an amazing cafe, with great vegan meals, drinks and baked goods walkable from Zushi stations and the beach. The staff are friendly and the whole place has a great (and unique) vibe about it. However, it's important to point out that the place is not totally vegan: a small number of baked goods contain dairy/egg (they are labelled in Japanese) and the menu is essentially vegan by default, but the staff will ask if you want dairy added (eg cheese to the burritos). This is definitely not something to put you off coming, as the vegan range is amazing, but it's just important to specify that you are vegan when you order. A great vegan outing is to go to Naturalia (Hase, close to Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura) for lunch, enjoy the beach or temples and then go to Zushi and have dinner at Beach Muffin. Just beware that the kitchen closes about an hour (I think - call to check) before the restaurant.

Pros: great vegan food, drinks, baking, funky building and decor, friendly staff

Cons: small servings (but still good value)


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