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: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-7:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Take-out

Reviews (40)

First Review by sglcklch

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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Really Good food, cheap. - Edit

Great little place, that even if it looks like a canteen, serves great food. Four alternatives, all ¥900 each. Small-ish portions leaves room for dessert :)
Opening hours not the same as the store, I think it's 11.30 to 19.00, last order is 18.30
Updated from previous review on Monday May 09, 2016

Pros: quick service, delicious food, English menu

Cons: not the cosiest place maybe

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Yum! - Edit

Well after walking for a million miles and almost starving to death this little water hole appeared out of nowhere. Took the burger and the plate of the day. Everything was amazing. Especially the miso soup!

Pros: English menu, Friendly staff, The Miso soup!

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pretty good - yummy burger - Edit

We had the veg burger and plate of the day, miso soup, and the strawberry/choc mousse. Burger was really yummy... The other things were yummy, but didn't blow my mind. I'd definitely come back though!

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great burger! - Edit

Great spot to grab some take always for a long day of exploring Tokyo. The food was delicious, though a bit small.
The shop attached does amazing vegan icecream (in the freezer).

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Great quick lunch spot - Edit

Came here for lunch with my mom when we were in the area. The cafe had a small eating area with premade sandwiches and snacks to go, as well as a sit down menu. There is an English menu available but you have to ask the cashier for it. The food came out pretty quickly and came with complimentary miso soup. I ordered a curry plate and my mother ordered a Chinese style lunch bowl that consisted of mock pork and vegetables. Both were delicious. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good, quick, clean meal in Tokyo. Also the market next door is great!

Pros: Quick, Healthy

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grab and go - Edit

A small macrobiotic and vegan bistro located in an organic food store near the Shibuja station. The menus are usually three (Japanese and Western). The desserts are delicious and the takeaway snacks practical and healthy. the staff speaks a bit 'of English. The store has lots of takeaway sushis, onigiris and cakes.

Cons: they should change the chairs and table. like kids

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Cute cafe! - Edit

Nice cafe in a random spot! I went here and had the vegan burger set menu that came with miso soup, and also I had chocolate cake for dessert! The burger is a "fish-burger" and it's deep fried - it was delicious. The chocolate cake was also wonderful! Reasonable prices, great place and the little shop next door has GREAT vegan ice cream and some other vegan stuff if you live in Tokyo!

Pros: Great food, Good prices, Health store next door

Cons: Small portions, Not too much english

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Lima Cafe- a little pradise in Toyko - Edit

My husband and I found this little gem yesterday. We are vegan and eating healthy in Tokyo has not been easy for us until we found Lima Cafe. This is a vegan, macrobiotic, organic restaurant and store. The food is delicious, clean and healthy. The store is amazing. We are able to get staples to bring back to the hotel and also sandwiches and snacks. The cafe is small and there are about 4 choices of full meals on the menu but the people are super nice, the food is great and we will be going back there during our stay in Tokyo.

Cons: Excellent food, friendly staff

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Nice little cafe - Edit

After a week in Tokyo with limited food options, it was a relief to find this place and be able to trust that everything was vegan. I bought a day's worth of buns and sandwiches for takeout from the display table, and it wasn't too pricy. Not all of them were amazing, but I particularly enjoyed this one baozi with a mustardy sauce (I'm not good at reading Japanese, but I think it had cashew?). The tempeh was great too. The cashier was nice, and it had a calming atmosphere. I'd like to go back for a sit-down meal someday.

Pros: All vegan, inexpensive, plenty of to-go options

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A lovely café - Edit

I went to the Lima café about three times while visiting Tokyo. Really nice place which clearly states 'we only serve vegan food'.

Every time I went there, I had no problems getting a seat. As other reviews has mentioned, it may be crowded during lunch time. However, this is a small café so it does not get that noisy atmosphere when crowded.

I tried the fall curry and the burger. Both dishes were delicious and I think the portion size was perfect.
Also tried a few of the sandwiches that you could bring with you, very tasty and all of them were vegan.

Note!
While the Lima café is vegan, the store next it is not. For instance, one of the sushi take-away boxes contained tuna. With that being said, there are vegan products in the store as well. The Ohsawa brand seems to have a lot of vegan products.

Pros: A large variety of take-away sandwiches, Friendly staff, Tasty food

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