Harukucchii

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3-22 Kugenumahanazawacho, Fujisawa, Japan, 251-0023

Small vegan restaurant est. 2014 at 神奈川県藤沢市鵠沼花沢町3-22, which is 5 minutes from Fujisawa JR station and 10 minutes from Fujisawa Enoden station. The owner/chef is a specialist in wine, which is reflected in the menu. Serves a few different sets for lunch and a la carte for dinner. Vegan cakes and ice cream, English menu available. Open Mon 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm, Wed-Sun 5:00pm-11:00pm, Thu 11:30am-3:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm. Last order 1 hour before closing.

Categories: Vegan, Italian, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Bakery

11 Reviews

First Review by eatinggreen

Beautiful restaurant - Edit

Small and cozy restaurant with a great atmosphere. Everything was vegan and they had accurate English translations on the menu. The owners were really helpful and happy people with a genuine interest for vegan food. The food we had was truly delicious and beautifully presented.

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An Amazing Experience - Edit

As other reviews have mentioned, the menu is only in Japanese but the owner was extremely helpful and explained the menu to us line by line. We ordered 6 appetizers, 2 main courses, and 1 dessert which was a good amount of food for two hungry people.

The store is small but extremely cute.

The food was absolutely delicious. My favorite appetizer was likely the eggplant. The battered and deep fried cheese was also very interesting and unique. My partner really like the avocado sashimi. It was also very unique and normally I would have said the avocado was under-ripe but I think that was perhaps the point, chewy avocado with great flavor.

The meals we got were the mushroom ricotta gratin and the spaghetti. I loved both of them. The spaghetti had an herb-y flavor that paired extremely well with the tomatoes and the cashews, delicate flavors extremely well combined. The gratin had a wonderful creamy texture and great mushroom flavor.

Overall I would say if you're in the area, you have to try this place. Was a bit pricy but I would pay almost anything for an experience like that.

Also just to add a fun little story: the owner asked us where we were staying (a hotel near the station) and gave us directions to get back. When he noticed we were walking the wrong way he ran after us in the rain to notify us of that fact. Just adorable.

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-17

Pros: Friendly and helpful owners, Amazing food, Cute storefront

Cons: A bit pricy

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The best food I had in Japan - Edit

Go here, this place is amazing. The owner and staff are super friendly and just so welcoming. It's a small-ish (by western standards) place which can be super awkward when you're essentially sitting in the kitchen, but not here. The dishes are separated into appetisers and mains: we split 4 appetisers and 2 mains. The food is phenomenal, I got burned by spaghetti in Japan, but this guy nails it. The vegan cheeses are so far off the Richter scale that every time you order them they send out an earthquake warning to the immediate area. We came here from Tokyo for a day trip on a bartenders recommendation and it was a highlight of our 2 week holiday. Go to Fujisawa and Kamakura, go to this place! Do it!!

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Hidden Gem Near Enoshima - Edit

If you're going to Enoshima, make sure to stop by this place. Reservations are recommended but they're easy to make. It has a nice selection of wines and delicious vegan dishes. Expect to spend around 3000 yen per person for dinner. The owner is really kind and helpful.

Pros: Nice owner, Delicious, Great atmosphere

Cons: Might take a while, A little pricey

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My favourite after 1+ months in Japan - Edit

A five minute walk from Fujisawa train station. I was on my way back from Kamakura, but I'd recommend visiting Fujisawa just to eat here. It. Was. Spectacular. I had actually changed the day of my visit to Kamakura so I could go here (it's closed on Tuesdays) and I thought I was being silly, but this was a great decision. It's a really tiny space (maybe ten or twelve seats) and it's not cheap, but boy is it good. Did I mention it was delicious? I would normally be hesitant with these prices, but thanks to their free wifi (password: harukucchii01) I found out the US election results after a day of being offline and decided to just drown my sorrows in gourmet vegan food.

The menu is not available in English, but the waitress gladly translated every single item for me. There are loads of options, and really interesting ones that I haven't seen elsewhere. I had spicy edamame, which came with a warning from the chef: "this is too spicy. That red one is danger. Be careful, okay?" It was perfect (I love spicy food). I didn't eat the red chilli that sat on top because I didn't want to destroy myself for the rest of the meal, but I did lick it. I had also ordered rice milk, which was rich and creamy and a great compliment to the spice. I also ate fried potatoes, which were simple but perfectly seasoned and cooked, plus deep fried konnyaku, which came with lettuce and a little dish of salt to dip. Everything just tasted incredible. I followed up with hojicha, and matcha 'tiramisu'. I don't like tiramisu, but in my experience so far Japan's idea of tiramisu is varied and unusual, and I'm game for anything with matcha. It was a green, creamy layered sponge in a dish. Good stuff.

I was seated at the bar so I could somewhat see into the kitchen, and chatted with the chef and waitress. I paid just over 4,000 JPY for the meal in total, which is more than I would normally pay for dinner, but for this quality of food and service was totally fine.

This is probably my favourite in Japan (touring vegan food in Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo for a few weeks) so far!

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

Pros: Incredible food, Friendly staff, Free wifi

Cons: Not many seats

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Great find in Fujisawa - Edit

This lovely little restaurant is a little off the beaten path but definitely worth a look. The owner is extremely accommodating to foreign customers and you can really tell that vegan cooking is his passion. It's a little pricey but absolutely worth it.

Pros: Delicious, great atmosphere, fantastic staff

Cons: A little pricey, could be tricky to find

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Incredible service! - Edit

After a day trip to Kamakura we stopped by Harukucchi on our way back to Tokyo. The menu is in Japanese only, but the owner took the time to translate it for us, and made great recommendations. Our favourites were the edamame, rice and "chicken" bowl, deep fried yams, and the chocolate ice cream cake. If you're looking for high quality vegan food, then this is the place for you!

Pros: Great service, beautiful plating, delicious food,

Cons: Pricey, minimum one drink per person

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Amazing food, service, warm and welcoming atmosphere - Edit

Thank you Haru for your wonderful hospitality. Myself and partner loved your quaint little home style restaurant.
Some of the best vegan food I have ever had, all fresh and organic. So many wonderful flavours and infusions, great deal of worldwide influence in the dishes , especially Italian but with a local Japanese twist.
Haru has a wealth of knowledge about foods and wines, true passion and great English!
Thank you once again for your hospitality, we will return!
Arigatou gozaimashita!
Becky and Paul

Pros: great to have a bar area where you can sit, little

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Worth It! - Edit

I brought the whole family here and we loved every thing.

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Lovely cozy place with really delicious food - Edit

We absolutely loved this place! Probably the best food we have had in Japan! It is all fresh and organic. Everything is prepared on the spot!
The owner is very helpful and his English is good for a Japanese person.
You really should try it, we can recommend the veggie burger.

Pros: Fresh and healthy, Cozy place, Affordable

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A cute little find in Fujisawa - Edit

Pleased to have found this place, which we didn't know about despite it being quite close to where we live... thanks, Happycow!

We chose to catch up with a friend here one evening and I have to be honest, it was really only because there were no other vegan options open in the area that we hadn't already been to recently. Went with rather low expectations just because we had no gauge of what it was like... and were pleasantly surprised - it was pretty good!

Not a place to come for a serious meal, at least in the evenings anyway, as the only meals on offer are a veggie burger and taco rice. We all ordered the veggie burgers so can't comment on the tacos, but the burgers were enjoyed - not the best we've ever had but not too oily or junky and full of heart and soul. I think the bun may even have been wholemeal come to think of it - bonus points for that!

For appetizers we ordered marinated avocado - forgot to ask what he uses in the marinade but it tasted like it might be miso based. Whatever it was it was seriously yummy. Also tried the raw spring rolls which had something that tasted criminally close to cream cheese inside. Needless to say that was wonderful too.

Drinks - I tried a glass of their organic, minimum preservative wine. It was ok but nothing special. Then moved on to try an interestingly unique combination of soy milk and homemade ginger ale which, perhaps surprisingly, worked - thumbs up! As we finished our meal the smell of freshly roasted coffee engulfed the space. I don't drink coffee but my partner was unable to resist the spell and seemed satisfied with his choice.

Oh yes we also had desserts.. some vegetable pound cake, a 'cheesecake style cheesecake'(which of course was not a cheesecake at all as it contained no cheese!) and amazake vegan ice-cream all went down like the treats they were.

It's a small restaurant and the owner was cooking alone so nothing came out fast - not a place to go when you're in a hurry, but it's a warm, convivial experience in a small but reassuringly cozy hole in the wall. The owner is nice and fun for a chat too.. all more than what we'd ever dared to expect of our newly found neighbourhood dig.

Pros: personal feel - food as communication, great desserts, interesting drinks, a good dose of creativity and flair

Cons: limited menu, especially at night, slow - it's a one man band

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