LIMA - Shinjuku

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Tokyo Shinjuku-ku, Yoyogi 2-23-1, Tokyo, Japan, 151-0053

Health shop with a small macrobiotic cafe. Serves vegan meals. Store sells a wide variety of natural food and cooking supplies. Accepts AMEX but not VISA. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Take-out

50 Reviews

First Review by sglcklch

great take-out - Edit

Inexpensive takeaway option.
There is also a store next door (same building) which sells tofu, veggies, etc. but be careful because the store also has fish and milk products.

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quick healthy food - Edit

In the two ocassions I've been here I've only been able to try the lunch special. Is good but a little small and very simple, so the price is fair but you might end up hungry.

Now the store is godsend, they have a lot of good stuff if you're staying in tokyo for more than a week. There's even vegan cheese and a very good selection of soy ice creams. I'd go for the matcha one as it's quite hard to find as a vegan and part of the Japan experience.



Updated from previous review on 2018-02-17

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not that good. - Edit

Too simple, even if it’s cheap, portions are hella small (ok there is a good portion of rice but if I take some cooked gluten I want more than 3 lil pieces) and staff was not that nice. Won’t come back here even if it’s quite good in taste and « cheap ».

Pros: good but not amazing

Cons: staff, portions too small, basic

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Quick snack - Edit

Eating out in Tokyo is hella expensive so I have been trying to limit my restaurant meals. I couldnt say no to the soft serve ice cream though!! It was so soft and realistic, even if it did taste slightly different due to the rice base. There was even a little rice cake at the bottom of the bowl for texture!

Pros: Realistic, Delicious, Also has a store

Cons: Expensive, Store isnt entirely vegan

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sweets - Edit

Good place for relax and you can recharge you cellphone or use your laptop as well.They have brown rice soft ice cream,personally I prefer the chocolate flavor,but it’s not that sweet from my country.plus they have cakes .

Pros: Take out, organic shop, English menu

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good price - Edit

I went for lunch- took the set... and that was good(not amazing ... but solide!)

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Average western/Japanese fusion meals - Edit

If you're looking for something western go here. The portions are small and the taste is average but it was a nice change and cool they have a shop!

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Healthy food, not the most inventive - Edit

We walked here from our hotel as it was convenient. I wouldn't go out of your way to eat here. Tasty food and when in Tokyo, it's reassuring when something is vegan. But I found the food a little free of creativity or strong flavors. Great miso soup though, and nice folks working there. It was tough for us to find any vegan options in the attached grocery store without knowing Japanese.

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lima Cafe in Shinjuku - Edit

This cafe has really good macrobiotic lunch plates, organic coffee and snacks.. it is connected to a complete health food store. I highly recommend! It is also very easy to find.

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Fantastic - Edit

This place is a true gem in the middle of one of the busiest area in Tokyo. Food is delicious and very affordable. All vegan, desserts included. We loved our meal so much that we also bought a couple of sandwiches to go. I cannot recommend this place enough. One of the best vegan restaurants I have been to around the world.

Pros: Price, Quality of food, Great vibe

Cons: None!

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simple heart vegan place - Edit

Excellent wholesome vegan fare in an unpretentious setting. A very calm cafe in the middle of busy Shinjuku. Very nice people working there too.

Cons: njuku.

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Good cakes - Edit

We stopped here for a cake and cappuccino with soy milk . The cake was delicious , staff friendly and they also have a menu with good options like soups, burgers and rice . There is also an organic shop close by .

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Small portion, not much taste - Edit

Unfortunately, this was another disappointment for me in Tokyo. The lunch menu was pretty short - no problem, better focus doing a few dishes really well than offering hundreds of choices. I picked the daily special, a set of three sides with brown rice. The food was ready pretty quickly. There was a bowl of a seaweed-based salad that tasted nice. The rest of the meal was rather bland. One of the sides was a scoop of potato salad that did not feel inspiring at all.

The meal was cheap (900 yen) but the portion was also rather small. I topped it up with some rice crackers (from another place) not to go hungry for the rest of the day.

Pros: English menu

Cons: Bland taste, Small portion

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it saves my tokyo trip - Edit

if you are a vegan/vegetarian and you stay around sunroute hotel in shinjuku. you should pay a visit to LIMA. it provides a lot of vegan stuff like a instant noodle / frozen food. and a tiny cafe. while finding vegan/vegetarian food like hell in tokyo, you will find LIMA is very helpful

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Good for vegan, but only 1 menu nohave onion - Edit

good test, rice with soyball very good

Pros: good test

Cons: only 1 menu no onion

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Good food! - Edit

The café is inside a macrobiotic health foods grocery store. There was an English and Japanese menu available. I had the soy meat lunch set, was very filling! Would definitely try it again.

Pros: english menu, good food

Cons: seating is limited

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Amazing food - Edit

I had lunch at LIMA Cafe the other day and the food was so good and healthy. I had a lunch special: brown rice, gyoza and some veggies, with miso soup of course (which by the way was delicious). Will go back and bring hubby :)

Pros: Good food, Healthy, Vegan and microbiotic

Cons: Haven't found any Cons :)

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Great spot - Edit

Friendly and nice atmosphere, tasty whole foods vegan options, lots of great whole foods vegan products for cooking or eating on the go in the shop, definitely recommend

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Awesome store! - Edit

This is a store that has some good items. It is the only place in Tokyo so far where I have been able to find some kind of legume noodle that I know of. They had chickpea and lentil spaghetti when I went and I got the lentil spaghetti. I also got some kind of donut to try that was good, and they had soy yogurt which I tried there for the first time. I plan to go back.

This review is for the store only and not the cafe connected to it.

Pros: They had a nice selection given the size, The staff seemed nice

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Good quality, inexpensive - Edit

Lima is a little cafe inside a health food shop in Shinjuku. They have all vegan food to go, and some seating. I tried the veggie burger, which was a good size and came with salad, miso soup. I also tried soy ice cream and a super dense chocolate brownie. My friends (meat-eaters) tried the original plate and enjoyed it too. Prices were a little lower than usual for vegan/macrobiotic places.

Pros: Good food, Good prices

Cons: Seating kind of squashed

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Good - Edit

The food is good and they have nice coffee. In the shop they have vegan cashew cheeses in the freezer. We bought the smoky one and it's the best vegan cheese I've ever had. A bit pricey though (ca 2500 jpy) but worth it!

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Good for a snack! - Edit

For us as european tourists, this place offered a great combination of shop and café.
The dishes are a small but tasted fine. It's not a place to have a splendid dinner, but it's a good possibility to have lunch, directly in the center of Tokyo.
Besides, the shop assistents were so lovely and helpful to explain the products and to find out if they were vegan.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-27

Pros: vegan, fast, combined with shop

Cons: fast food atmosphere, quite expensive for a snack

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I like this place - Edit

I have been to Lima a few times. It is a nice place and not so expensive. There is also a shop where you can buy some vegan/vegetarian/organic products.

The food in Lima is quite tasty although it depends on a day. Their brown rice is the best though.

Maybe it's not my favourite vegan spot but definitely worth-visiting :)

Pros: inexpensive, easy to find, vegan shop

Cons: sometimes oily, a small variety of foods

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All time fav - Edit

I've been coming back here because I love this place. The place is not something you'll be impressed but you can relax and I like it that it's self-service.

The food is nice too but the dessert is always yum and comforting. Not something oily or sugary you have probably encountered but flavorful and in a way Japanese. It's perfect marriage of "healthy" and "tasty!"

I give four because there isn't something amazingly impressive but it's also perhaps the reason why I keep coming here to chill.

Pros: Reasonable price, Tasty dessert

Cons: Closes a bit early

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Lovely - Edit

Just outside bustling shinjuku, quiet, English speaking, comfortable deli style eatery. Nothing fancy, just nice.

Pros: close walk , English speaking + menu

Cons: I could see how it could get busy, wasn't when I w, limited seating

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Veg Food In Shinjuku - Edit

Amazing Veggy Burger in Japanese Style.
Must try.
Will surely be back to try other stuff in menu.

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Both local and Western options - Edit

Reasonably near to Shinjuku station (depending which end you are at) so not too bad to get to/find.

I had the lunch set my partner had the veggie burger (which she says was the best of the three or so different veggie burger places we tried in Japan). The set was good value with miso soup. Didn't have to wait very long for service. Probably seats about 15-20 people in total so might get busy at times but the most we had was another 3-4 people.

While we were there, a dessert option was a Brown Rice Ice Cream that was a real surprise. I asked about the ingredients, not out of concern but curiosity. From what I managed to understand it was only Brown rice and Soy Milk/Cream. This was a very surprising and nice treat that I will be trying to emulate at home.

Went twice whilst in Tokyo for a week and both times were great. Probably would have gone more and explored the menu a bit further. Didn't get anything from the attached shop but it was interesting to look around nonetheless.

Pros: Decent location, Good value, Western and Local dishes

Cons: No beer/wine

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