Bell Cafe

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    ( 4 reviews )

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

4 Reviews

First Review by LaiNamKhim

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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