An all-vegan casual restaurant specializing in Taiwanese cuisine, in particular herbal dishes and hot pot. No onion or garlic used. Has other locations. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm, Sun 11:30am-8:00pm. Closed Sun.

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23 Reviews

First Review by JeanSolano


Points +115

27 Oct 2023

Stoked on it

Lovely little feed in Kyoto.

Some stuff I hadn’t tried before but enjoyed it all

Pros: Yummy food - and all vegan!, Lovely vibe and staff, Easy to order as an English speaker



Points +114

21 Oct 2023


We had both plates ヽ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ. Delicious, I love fried food.

Pros: Good music , Cute environment , Nice Peepz


Points +667

13 Oct 2023

Nice place

Small place off the main road. The lady working is super nice. I got the kaarage (it said it was spicy but I didn’t find it particularly spicy) and the takoyaki. Both were good, but if I went back I would probably try other things.

Cons: A bit hot


Points +101

19 Sep 2023

Cozy little restaurant

Cozy little restaurant with a good assortment of different meal sets and additional side dishes. English menu is available. There is also a Lavatory in the back.


Points +20

16 Aug 2023


Brought my parents, who aren't vegan. They were very impressed.


Points +225

28 Jul 2023

Best vegan food I had in Kyoto

ENG: I loved this little fully vegan restaurant, the staff is great and the food is delicious! I had boiled Gyoza and Takoyaki and they were great. There is also a little shop with vegan food. They accept credit cards ( Used Mastercard, but had signs for AMEX too ) but only in card form so no apple pay. The opening time has also changed to 11:30 instead of 11:00

NL: geweldig vegan restaurant in Kyoto! Kan het heel erg aanbevelen. Ik had de Takoyaki en Gekookte Gyoza. Ze hebben ook een kleine shop met vegan eten dus ideaal als je in Kyoto bent. Accepteren Visa kaarten en ook amex van wat ik zag op een bord. Openingstijd is vanaf 11:30.

Pros: Delicious foods, Nice staff, Accepts credit card

Cons: No apple pay


Points +1286

27 Jul 2023

Nice and affordable :)

We had the gyoza plate which came with a couple sides like a small salad, soup and pickles. In addition we ordered the soy nuggets. The food was quite alright - especially for the price (1200yen for the gyoza plate). The staff was really friendly and the overall atmosphere was also good. We also liked that they gave us free tea. So if you are in the area, it's worth a visit :)

Pros: All vegan, Good food, Free tea


Points +662

23 Jul 2023

Amazing 🤩

I went to this restaurant with a non- vegan Friend. We ordered Katsu don,Takoyaki, Chinese chimaki. Every food was delicious and even my friend enjoyed it a lot. We loved Chinese chimaki even though it took a lot of time for them to prepare. It was worth it.
Highly recommend.

Updated from previous review on 2023-07-23


Points +13

26 Jun 2023

So great


Pros: Vagan, 乾淨, 不會很鹹


Points +274

20 Jun 2023

Owner from Taiwan

The owner of this vegetarian restaurant is from Taiwan and the food is very delicate and delicious.


Points +18

16 Jun 2023

My new fav vegan place :)

You can find options usually difficult to find: vegan takoyakis, katsu, dumplings, gyozas, ice cream... Everything looked handmade and made with love - it was amazing! If I visit Kyoto again, I will repeat for sure.

Pros: Everything is vegan and the food is delicious, You can find takoyakis, katsu, dumplings, gyozas, The owners are very nice and kind :)


Points +878

24 May 2023


I like the spirit of this place. Ate here twice as it is conveniently located and they have many options. The food was served fast and is very tasty. I tried the karaage bowl, rice meal set and dumpling hot pot and would say I prefer the first two.

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-24


Points +157

11 May 2023

Beautifully presented and tasty

Had a great lunch here, food came out quickly too (~15mins). We got the set lunch special which was a nice variety of food, all very fresh and tasty. Served with a cold tea, great for a hot day. Lovely staff, english menu and accepts credit cards. Would recommend if you're in the area.


Points +541

08 May 2023

Amazing, can save you if its late.

I got here pretty late for lunch, around 5-6pm. The place is lovely, they sell some vegan products like instant noodles that they are not that easy to find here. Wanted to try the unagirice for my first time. I was surprised by the size of the soy meat Katsu, you don't find "side" dishes this big in vegan places and it was really good. Lovely staff. Really wanted to try vegan takoyaki but they only have it in autumn.

Pros: All vegan, Excellent staff


Points +71

12 Apr 2023

Curry Hotpot and Yummy food

The owner is very friendly and accommodating. They were initially closed as the restaurant was reserved for a tour group. We were delighted when she still welcomed us in.

There was quite a great selection of food. My wife and I got the curry hotpot, vegan tako, katsu and the soymeat rice bowl.

At the end of the dinner, we chatted with the owner and she even gave us a complimentary dessert.


Points +446

08 Apr 2023

Vegan unaju?!!

The unaju (eel over rice) was mind-blowing! Super nice owners. Wasn’t very crowded at all for a drop-in lunch on Saturday.


Points +24

08 Apr 2023

Lovely owners and Great food - also groceries

Lovely owners, great food! Would recommend


Points +1397

31 Mar 2023

Great food and sweet owner!

Loved this place. Had the katsu, dumpling plate and takoyaki. All three were delicious! The owner is lovely! I’d absolutely come back here.

Pros: Fully vegan Japanese food, Good prices


Points +239

29 Mar 2023

Leider sehr enttäuschend

Von den 4 Gerichten die wir bestellen wollten, war ledig 1 Gericht verfügbar und das um 13 Uhr.
Zusätzlich wurden uns die bestellten Gyoza als Menü serviert, obwohl wir dieses einzeln bestellt hatten. Geschmacklich waren die Gyoza recht neutral.

Cons: Teuer, sehr kleine Auswahl und viele Gerichte sind aus


Points +487

23 Mar 2023

Yummy with variety

The place was very conveniently located near the imperial palace in Kyoto. It had a lot of different options on their menu which was very exciting and each dish had their own twist (katsudon with more veggies and some sliced apples which actually was quite a nice mix). Their buns were also quite good and the staff were friendly. While the experience overall was great - we also did note it took a little longer for the order to come out and to get the attention of the staff (also probably due to the setup in there). Still recommend it after a nice walk around the palace :)

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Delicious, Herbal

Cons: A little slow


23 Mar 2023


Points +121

30 Dec 2022


Great food and the staff were so nice. It felt like visiting a mom and pop shop.

Pros: All vegan food


Points +395

06 Nov 2022


I felt like I was a a friends house. The server was patient and kind. I'm going to visit again.


Updated from previous review on 2022-11-06


Points +70

28 Dec 2021

Great food!

I enjoyed my food here. There are many options and the servers are friendly. It’s nice to buy some vegan stuff (soy meat, curry,etc) from here too.

Pros: All vegan, Affordable, Nice presentation

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