CLOSED: Doughnut Plant - Lumine Est

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160-0022 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 3-38-1, Tokyo, Japan

Donut counter with multiple outlets in the city - this one is at 東京都新宿区新宿3-38-1. Makes egg-free donuts from natural ingredients. Offers vegan varieties, including a baked soy milk doughnut and a baked soy milk caramel doughnut plus a couple seasonally changing ones. Reported closed, Aug 2017.

15 Reviews

First Review by Gurugurugravity

When you're around - Edit

Availability of vegan doughnuts in Doughnut Plant is limited. Oftenly when you'll visit about 3-4 PM you will not get anything. Also I think that 350 Yen for quite a small doughnut is a little expensive but it's debatable. When I've been in DP, there were two options - doughnut with pineapple and coconut, so the choice was minimal. Still, they taste totally great so if you're in neighbourhood, I recommend you try them.

Pros: Tastes really good.

Cons: Small Availability., Could be too expensive for some.

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Amazing - Edit

We went around 10 AM on a weekday and the vegan doughnuts were plentiful. The available flavors were pineapple and coconut. I've had better vegan doughnuts but it is so rare to get yeast doughnuts instead of cake. The only downsides were that it was very hard to find and kind of expensive- about 1300 yen for four doughnuts.

Pros: tasty , good flavors

Cons: expensive, hard to find

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Vegan doughnuts, yes! - Edit

We went at 8pm on a Saturday evening and they had pineapple doughnuts that were clearly marked as vegan. The shop assistant spoke a little English and understood perfectly what we wanted.
They are a bit expensive (¥350 each) but, to be fair, they are big doughnuts and the price isn't bad for Tokyo. Oh, yeah, and they're totally delicious.
Incidentally, the shop is just *inside* the station not outside as Google Maps suggests.

Pros: A bit expensive but big.

Cons: None

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go early!! - Edit

We first tried to go at the end of the day and they were all out of vegan options. So the next morning we got there right when they opened and had first pick. We got 2 banana and 2 strawberry and they were sooo good. Really loved finding some solid vegan junk food to soothe my homesickness ;)

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Yay - Edit

Finally doughnuts! I had the one with roasted green tea. The dough was perfect but the glaze was a little bit bitter.

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Yummy Doughnuts! - Edit

Small shop inside the East Exit of Shinjuku Station. They had two vegan specials, I got the Soy Milk Strawberry Doughnut which was really nice and satisfied my sweet carvings!

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Too sweet but nice staff - Edit

The person working seemed very nice, but the donut was too sweet for my tastes. I had the raspberry vegan donut and it was pretty good and unique with some tangyness but was way too sweet.

Pros: Nice staff, Unique donut flavor

Cons: Too sweet, Limited vegan variety

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yum! - Edit

They usually only have 2 vegan options at a time. The flavours tend to alternate every week or so. When we went they had green tea and coffee hazelnut. I usually love green tea but I didn't so much like the green tea donut. The coffee hazelnut however was AMAZING! We went back twice :)

Tip: Go earlier in the day as they are better when they're fresh

Pros: Delicious, Who doesn't love donuts

Cons: Only 2 flavours

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Nice - Edit

2 vegan options when I went: chocolate cranberry and maple walnut. I bought the maple walnut one and loved it! Really nice doughnuts if you're craving something sweet in Tokyo!

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Handy for vegan doughnut cravings - Edit

I first tried to go to the one in Kichijoji, but this turns out to be the main kitchen (though it also appears to sell doughnuts) and it's open between the odd hours of 8pm and 2am. I was too early.

I went to the outlet in Lumin Est, right outside Shinjuku Station instead, and got to try two: maple walnut, and cranberry. Great! The larger doughnuts are 350 JPY, and they have a huge array of other flavours (containing dairy, though not eggs), with smaller ones starting at less than 200 JPY.

Nothing special given that there are a wide array of traditional Japanese desserts which are vegan by default. But if you're craving a doughnut, or passing through Shinjuku station and don't have energy to figure out what else is vegan for a sugary snack, this is a good bet.

This review was originally posted at https://rhiaro.co.uk/2016/11/vegan-in-tokyo#doughnut

Pros: Doughnuts!, Good value

Cons: Only a couple of vegan ones

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Tasty but limited options - Edit

This location is small and only had one option which was marked "soy, no egg". It was a pumpkin doughnut and very yummy. Similar in quality to others I've had. Maybe other locations will have a larger selection.

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Delicious! - Edit

There were 2 vegan options available and they were both delicious! Oishi!

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Delicious but wish it had more than one option - Edit

I don't know if it's the lack of doughnuts I have tried since being vegan so that I can't make a decent comparison, but I found these delicious. They always seem to have just one vegan option though, which is always the same, changing on the season it seems (but the two I tried were very similar. both cranberry I believe) and that's why I can't give the five stars rating.

They don't have sitting area but you can go to the upper level (in Lumine east next to Starbucks) in a corridor, there's the own Starbucks sitting space and also another free sitting space for you to enjoy the doughnut while resting for a while (although it's usually crowded).

Pros: Fluffy delicious doughnut

Cons: Only one option

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just one sorry option - Edit

I was excited to try the only vegan option the had, but I'm sad to report that the berry donut was absolutely boring. We paid about ¥320 for it and my friend and I got too bored to finish it. Save your money and spend it on mochi

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Some vegan options - once you find it - Edit

This is a little doughnut place in Shinjuku station that offers one or two soy milk variety doughnuts.

If you are having trouble finding it. Find the main Shinjuku station entrance and walk into the station from between the two glass pyramids. The booth is located diagonally to the right from this entrance near the east exit. There isn't an area to sit down sadly.

The doughnuts are lovely and great to snack on after months without shop bought sweets.

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