LIMA - Shinjuku

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

Health shop with a small macrobiotic cafe close to Shinjuku Station South Exit. Serves macrobiotic vegan meals. Store sells a wide variety of natural food and cooking supplies. Has a cooking school on site. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-7:00pm. Hours are for store; cafe opens 11:30am-7pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Take-out

54 Reviews

First Review by sglcklch

Super! - Edit

It is a small self service restaurant next to an organic store oerfect for lunch. The food is really cheap with great taste. Definately you have to try if your budget is low.

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Great place for out of towers. - Edit

Grocery store and cafe, that are open into the evening. Was literally round the corner from my hotel and after an overnight/daytime flight was really convenient to buy some vegan stuff and have a light meal without having to venture too far when so tired.


Pros: lots of vegan products.

Cons: Not an extensive menu.

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Fresh, reviving food. - Edit

We found this place while looking for another Veg*n place called Milk Land (which is just around the corner, on the inner side of the building complex, we later discovered). We had given up trying to find Milk Land so went back to LIMA - we had been flying all night and wandering around Shinjuku until we could get into our accommodation, very tired. The meal we had at LIMA really revived us. It was tasty and felt like it did us a lot of good! The shop inside is also interesting to look around and buy a few snacks. However, beware, I went to buy some instant noodle bowls to have in our accommodation for another day, and asked if they were vegetarian using a card I had printed in Japanese. The lady looked through the ingredients on the noodle package and said "no not vegetarian" - so not everything in the shop section is vegetarian or vegan.

Pros: Tasty, healthy food, Quick service, Friendly staff

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I feel sorry for this bad review but it was truly incompetent - Edit

Perhaps they were at they end of their food supply, but all they could serve was 1 of their 6 meals. The only option was a rice plate that was clearly unpopular. It was pre-made and cold from sitting out.

They did in fact offer ramen; I bought some but they retracted that offer five minutes later.

I was very excited for this place and perhaps they were having a bad day. Regardless, vegan restaurants are fun because we don't have to choose just one mediocre option. Maybe you should call ahead to see if they have any food... It's just disappointing to go out of the way for nothing.

Pros: Quick bite, Enjoyable atmosphere

Cons: One meal option that is not good. , Poor service, Food is cold or lukewarm from sitting out.

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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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