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    ( 3 reviews )

Minato-ku, Azabu-Juban 3-4-7, Tokyo, Japan

Small Buddhist restaurant. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-1:00pm, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese

3 Reviews

First Review by eatinggreen

Itosho -- one of the best meals ever - Edit

Went there today with my wife and son. The food was amazing, and they were very accommodating. My wife has a sesame allergy, and they easily adjusted the menu for her. For our six year old son they didn't require us to pre-order a course. They just said let us know what he'll eat as we bring things out and we'll bring by more of it out. The course was very filling and each dish was meticulously prepared and flavorful. A must try place!

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Overpriced for what it is - Edit

We visited Itosho on a special occasion and had been really looking forward to trying something new - our regular shojin joint is Bon so inevitably it got compared. Unfortunately the comparison was not in Itosho's favour.

The austere vibe here makes it slightly more zen than what is ideal for a special occasion - simplicity that verges dangerously towards the realm of plain boredom. Which is ok if the food is fabulous, but it's equally as plain. Probably more true to the cuisine's origins, but for a meal at this price point, we were still a bit hungry at the end and were less than overwhelmed by what we had seen.

If you are looking to try Buddhist temple cuisine in Tokyo your best bet is Bon, which is up there with the very best (in fact it's really hard to beat). Other than that, Kyoto is where it's all at.

Pros: authentic, tokyo location (there aren't many)

Cons: too simple for a special meal, over-priced, we left feeling hungry

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Itosho - Edit

This Japanese shojin restaurant is very good. Small restaurant only about 4 rooms, must have 2 people or more, the cuisine is prepared to a consistently high standard. Only can sit, the meal is very filling. Buddhist vegan cuisine. Every time I go I enjoy it.

Pros: Amazing dishes , Well portion, Friendly operated.

Cons: Can be expensive , Very Filling , Can be hard to find. must book .

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