Bell Cafe

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6-39 Yasukawachō, Nikko, Japan, 321-1432

Serves meat, vegan options available. Small cafe in a residential area near the temples. Has a Japanese Temple food set (shojin ryori, labelled as "monk's diet") which comes with rice, vegetable tempura, stewed yuba, yuba sashimi and a soup. Yuba (soy sheets) is a Nikko specialty and this is one of the few places you can get a vegetarian version. Other vegetarian options include stir fry spaghetti with vegetables and vegetable sandwich. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-9:30pm. Irregular rest days.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Japanese, Beer/Wine, European, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by LaiNamKhim

Amazing vegan meal - Edit

Food is simply elegant and amazing. The monks diet was very delicious and the owner even made vegan fried rice for us.

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One of my favourite meals in Japan. - Edit

The Yuba Monks meal was soooo good. It was our first time trying the local yuba and we loved it. Warm cosy cheerful place run by a lovely couple. You must go when visiting Nikko.

Pros: Yuba is yummy. Really really good food.

Cons: None

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Ate here 3 nights in a row - Edit

We were shown this place by our airbnb host purely because it was close to our airbnb and because our host felt they would adapt their menu for us. They certainly did and we were very well looked after by the family that run the place. We had double tempura (double the amount) instead of other fish items that would have been part of the meal. The tempura was to die for - just amazing. There were other dishes with different things that accompanied the tempura - yuba (Nikko's specialty food, of a type of tofu) done in different ways, two small salad plates and a small plate of fruit. Of course rice was served as well. It was so good we went back for the three nights we stayed in Nikko. Each night we thought "we should try somewhere else for variety" but couldn't tear ourselves away from the amazing meal at Bell Cafe! Cash only.

Pros: Tempura to die for, Other interesting and yummy tastydishes accompany , Accommodating owners.

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Excellent hidden gem! - Edit

My fiancé and I found this place thanks to Happy Cow and it did not disappoint! Tiny place that appears to be run by a family and frequented by the locals. I got the “monk’s diet” and it was delicious! There were other vegan and vegetarian options as well. We will definitely visit again the next time we are in Nikko.

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why can't I give 5?!? - Edit

Temple food set is worth the journey to Nikko hands down. Took non-vegan friends who were also blown away with the tastiness. If Happy Cow let me rate this 5 I would.

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Yuba Monks Diet is amazing - Edit

Couldn’t rate this 5 stars but would if could. The Yuba Monks Diet is amazing, so delicious! Must try if you’re in Nikko

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Great hidden gem - Edit

I had the Yuba 'Monks Diet' - it was delicious, and a rare find in such a remote place. It also seems to be the only place open late that does vegan food. I rented a bicycle from the local bicycle shop, which was very hadn't as there weren't really any other transport options as far as I could tell. Absolutely loved the yuba stewed soy sheets, very tasty and authentic.

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Delicious vegetarian yuba set - Edit

This restaurant was recommended by owner of the Turtle Inn.

It is found in the residential neighborhood near the temples. It is a good place for dinner if you are staying in the area as there will be no buses back if you decide to dine in the area near the train.

It is also go a good option for lunch if you are visiting the temples, though you have to be prepared for a long lunch as service is slow.

This is not a vegetarian restaurant, but they serve a temple food set (shojin ryori) labelled as "monk's diet". This is a set with vegetable tempura, stewed yuba, salads and vegn "sashimi". Yuba (soy sheets) is a Nikko specialty. The set was very delicious and we had dinner here for 2 nights and enjoyed it very much.

Besides the yuba set, they also have a stir fried vegetable spaghetti and vegetable sandwich.

They also serve meatless mountain vegetable udon/soba, but the owner said the soup is made with fish.

It was a great find as vegetarian options are limited in Nikko.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value

Cons: Long wait for food, Can be difficult to find, Very limited vegetarian options

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