Beach Muffin

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )

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. Limited availability lunch special on Thur. Craft beer. 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. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Thu-Fri 11:00am-6:00pm, Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-6:00pm.

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

7 Reviews

First Review by JesseD

Excellent food and relaxing atmosphere - Edit

This restaurant is located in an old building and is charming and retro. The food is prepared with a lot of care and love. I especially recommend the chocolate tofu muffin, veggie burger, and nachos. They used to have vegan cheese for nachos but it seems like they haven't had it lately. They also have a Yorocco beer stand inside (a local Zushi brewery). I think it has four or five options on tap.

It has both vegan and vegetarian options but doesn't serve meat, although once in awhile they sell leather crafts there.

I've been asked to share a table before when it got crowded so I try to go early to make sure I can get a seat.

They have a lot of interesting books (photo books, travel guides) that you can read as well. They aren't fussed if you come in after doing sports in the local area.

They also have a bulk dry goods corner. You can also get Edensoy and they sometimes sell vegetables from local farms.

They hold various events from time to time (chili tasting, marketplace, Mexican marketplace, and so on). I got the absolute best bananas I've ever had at my life at a market event there (shima banana, or island banana). I follow their Facebook page to keep posted on which events are coming up.

One of my absolute favorite places in Japan.

Pros: Friendly staff, Excellent food, no matter what you order, Beautiful atmosphere

Cons: Not that many seats relative to popularity, No vegan cheese last time I went. , Sells leather crafts from time to time

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Cozy, and delicious! - Edit

Cute and cozy restaurant. The veggie burger is amazing. Live the atmosphere and location.

Pros: good food, close to the beach

Cons: takes a while for food

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Vegan's Heaven on Road to Zushi Beach - Edit

I had tried this place once a couple years ago and really enjoyed it but had not really explored the menu and floor space. When I visited last month. I tried to go as much as possible during their open days as they are closed Sundays-Wednesday, and only open for lunch. I was sorry to miss even one day, it is that homey!
A couple days, it was raining and cold outside, so I hung around Beach Muffin for several hours, even meditating and falling asleep for a little while, taking advantage of the warm blankets provided. They had a number of books on travel and music that I found interesting, too!
There are tables in the front and comfy sofas and chairs in the back part of the old Japanese house. Each spot in the small cafe has it's special charm, for example the tiny Japanese shrine outside the back window. It's really peaceful.
On the first day of three (Thursday), I ate the special sandwich set, which consisted of Masala Potato and Mustard Broccoli on a homemade Ciabatta roll and a Beet/Lentil soup. The sandwich reminded me of a crispy Samosa, and the soup was so warming, too.
The next day, I had the Veggie Burger with "world famous" crispy potatoes, which were both delicious. And the following day, I had the Red Chili and rice. The latter is only vegan when you omit the shredded cheese. My non-vegan dining companions each ordered the same thing and were also quite pleased.
The desserts are also delicious. I heard others raving about the chocolate cake, but I ordered a matcha biscotti with a tumeric and ginger tea. My friend had a scone.
The only downsides about this place are that it's slightly expensive (from 1000-1200 yen), in particular the desserts and beverages (500-600 yen each), and it's not open every day! However, if you're looking for a home away from home in Zushi or to escape the elements for a little while, it's well worth dropping in for a relaxing and meditative time.
Service is super friendly from this family-run business.
They also carry a small amount of local and organic vegetables in the front of their shop. I got a mixture of mizuna, rainbow chard and radishes that I used in my dinner salad.

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-26

Pros: Comforting dishes and fresh-baked goods, Rustic, warm and calming atmosphere , Friendly staff

Cons: Slightly expensive, Limited schedules

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lazza 14 Jun 2017 - very well written & informative  

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My favorite cafe in Japan! - Edit

I love Beach Muffin. They have mostly vegan options and everything is delicious. The environment is eclectic, hippie-ish, cool, and homely, which I love. The employees are always so kind and warm. I've had almost every option on the menu and no complaints. It's my favorite cafe in Japan.

Pros: Vegan options, Atmosphere, Great service

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Fantastic - Edit

This is a really cozy place with a great atmosphere and friendly owners & 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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