Hippari Dako

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    ( 9 reviews )

1011 Kami-Hatsuishi, Nikko, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. A 15-seat restaurant with a small selection of noodle dishes, a few of which are vegan. The owners speak limited English, but there is an English menu marking with items can be vegetarian. Confirmed operating as of Jan 2017. Directions: walk up the main street from train station for 15 minutes, keep eye out for the restaurant on the left side of the street, there's a picture of a samurai on the building's front. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-7:00pm.

Categories: Japanese, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by rockcita

Only one vegetarian main - Edit

There is a full two pages of vegetarian items on the menu (one page mains and second page snacks/ entrees). When we asked which were vegan they said only the yaki- udon was, as the rest contained dashi in the broth. Kind of miss leading and not good if you're vegetarian and don't check because it says vegetarian. The udon noodles are thick and nice. We also got fries but they were a little undercooked.
I am happy we were able to still eat here and find a vegan meal that wasn't just fries!

Pros: we could eat a vegan meal

Cons: they don't know what vegetarian is.

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Careful - Edit

Be careful, all but one dish on the vegetarian menu (udon) have dashi.

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amazing noodles; nice atmosphere - Edit

Relieved to find this warm and welcoming place with great food and multiple veg options. My sister and I both got Yaki udon noodles which were delicious and filling. There was also a soba option and a cold soup option-- specific page on the menu dedicated to vegetarian items.

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touristy but traditional taste - Edit

vegetarian noodles options and other options like croquettes and tofu. taste was very good and environment is cozy and friendly.

Pros: vegetarian noodles, fair price

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best tofu I have ever had!!! - Edit

BEST TOFU EVER!! Freshly grated wasabi to die for. Perfect after a long walk to the temples!

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Quick, cheap, and yummy - Edit

Stumbled upon this place on our walk up to the shrine, and upon seeing the vegetarian options on the menu outside, quickly entered. Staff were friendly, and an English menu was provided.

I can only speak to the quality of the vegetarian yakisoba - which was lovely - and my friend had the meat ramen which she really liked.

While vegan groups may want to steer clear due to the previous reviewers' reports, I would recommend this to those who are vegan/vegetarian and travelling with meat-eaters - we both left very happy!

Pros: Yakisoba tastes good, English menu, Clearly marked vegetarian options

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Please be careful. Despite the huge sign on the door saying "vegetarians welcome" and a "vegetarian menu" inside, this place does NOT understand what vegetarian means and they will happily serve you fish-filled dishes without a second thought. Speaking Japanese helps.

They have a "Tanmen" bowl that is fish-free, and tofu.

DASHI is a fish stock used in a lot of Japanese foods.
SAKANA means fish.
TAMAGO is egg.

Most of the dishes on the vegetarian menu contain DASHI and SAKANA, and one contains TAMAGO. Please be careful!

Pros: Good hours, close to attractions, has tofu

Cons: false advertisement

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Not as vegetarian-friendly as advertised - Edit

Be careful. The clearly marked "Vegetarian" dishes may not be vegetarian at all. The one that we ordered had naruto (fish cake) in it. When asked, the server lady told us straight-faced that it was fish. This made us suspicious that the "vegetarian" noodle soup may also contain fish broth.

We don't speak Japanese so we can't inquire further. But I would recommend avoiding any noodle soup dishes in this restaurant. The yasai yakisoba and yasai yakiudon might still be vegetarian. And the yuba sashimi is safe. But this doesn't make Hippori Dako more vegetarian-friendly than any noodle shop in Japan.

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One of a kind restaurant - Edit

Hippari Tako is a unique restaurant to say the least. Although its small in size (3 tables), its big on hospitality. You'll be warmly greeting upon arriving, and will be given an English menu. (Other languages are also available.) The six veggie noodle dishes are simple but ample and satisfying, and at 700 yen, the price is right. There are a few soft drinks available along with beer.Although there is not a restroom, there are sanitizing hand wipes on the tables. The walls and ceiling are covered with messages from diners, so be sure to leave a message tacked up anywhere you can find the space.

Pros: large portions, very welcoming atmosphere, great prices

Cons: only seats 15, so might be a short wait

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