Los Barbados

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    ( 13 reviews )

104 Papier Bldg, 41-26 Udagawa-cho (at Shibuya), Tokyo, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. Middle Eastern and African cuisine with some veg choices like falafel, vegetarian mezze, and couscous. Vegans to specify no dairy. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-12:00am.

Categories: Lacto, Beer/Wine, Middle Eastern, Arabic, African, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by Sianspheric

Major respect for the one guy who runs this place! - Edit

Ordered: Congo bean stew. Got exactly what I ordered haha; a simple dish of bean stew and white rice. There were about two or three varieties of beans used — memory is fuzzy but I think it was pinto beans and cannellini beans with possibly chickpeas. Also got some complimentary entrees; picked cabbage, carrots, and homemade hummus.

Run by one guy! I wasn’t planning to do a review for this place originally but I remembered the guy who ran this place and felt so much respect for him running the place by himself, cooking fresh meals, as well as doing take-away orders over the phone. The guy himself does not speak much english but appears to understand it quite well. He was quite helpful in explaining that some of the options came with rice and some came with couscous. I have a feeling that if we understood Japanese, we might have been able to ask for either rice or couscous with any of the menu options.

The menu was small with five options. Option 1 was a salad. Option 2 was a lamb dish. 3 was the bean stew. 4 was a chicken stew. 5 was a pumpkin leaf and cashew curry. Options 1, 3, and 5 are vegan. We arrived a bit after the lunch rush so options 1 and 2 had sold out. Everyone was happy with what they ordered though and perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that we came at the time we did though, because this place is TINY. It only seats 5 people and we had 5 people travelling in our party. The items on the menu are also all priced the same. Good value for money!

I enjoyed the stew greatly. It was simple and hearty. Of the people travelling with me, the only other person who ordered a vegan option was my aunty. She ordered the pumpkin cashew curry and enjoyed it so much that she wanted to try and recreate it at home. I can’t say anything about the authenticity of the food because this was the first time I’d ever had a stew from Congo. This doesn’t matter too much to me though, because the food was delicious.

As an extra pro: If you value authentic ambience in a restaurant, this place definitely has it!

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-28

Pros: Cooked fresh in front of you, Good value for money and very filling, Entrees were on the house! :)

Cons: Would have liked to see a bigger menu, but I guess, when you run a place by yourself, you'd want to , keep a manageable number of options.

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Tasty - Edit

The food here is pretty tasty and delicious. The ambient is also veeery nice. Too bad the portions are quite small and you’re forced to order for more.
I had the platter which was very very good but incredibly small for a plate with that name and price.
If you don’t mind the price, give it a try .

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great feeling - Edit

Little nice place, 8 people max, great atmosphere.
the chef cooks right in front of you and the decoration is unique. Really warm and cozy in winter.
My food was excelent, a little spicy, but really really good

Pros: excelent food, english menu, cooking in front of you, no waiters, just the owner

Cons: The place is small, if it is full of people you ei, 8 people max in the whole place

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Delicious and MOSTLY VEGAN - Edit

love Love LOVE !! Barbados is so good the menu is almost completely vegan they offer like one meat dish and two fish on the dinner menu and 4 out of the 5 lunch dishes are vegan !! It's so tasty and the music is awesome as well. Go here you will not regret it

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great atmosphere and food - Edit

We went last night - booked and came at opening time 6.00 - just one other couple there - tiny restaurant but so great to see the chef in action close up and chat with her. Beautiful design of space very African and the food was fabulous. We had the appetizer plate - pizza- spring rolls and most exciting was the cheese plate ! Smoked vegan cheese - that's a first for me. Lovely night out - highly recommended

Pros: clear vegan menu choices , dishes from all over Africa , fun vibe - music was really happy

Cons: chairs ( high ) might make it difficult for pregna

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Culinary feast in Shibuya. (FIVE STARS!) - Edit

This is where I had probably the best dinner since going vegan 3 1/2 years ago, outside my own home.

Los Barbados isn’t a vegan or vegetarian restaurant per se but large parts of its menu are, and they are clearly marked. To call this a "restaurant" is perhaps misguiding: this is a hole in the wall in an inconvenient backstreet in Shibuya that seats at most eight people. But the food, mostly African, is the bomb, a feast, a culinary celebration. We ate almost everything vegan on the menu and would have ordered it all again if our stomachs hadn’t called for time out. I’d like to point out highlights but that’s impossible since everything was a highlight. That said, if pressed, I would pick the appetizer platter (Matzah), Nbika (slices of pâté made from seeds), the Moroccan spring roll, the vegan cheese platter, and the Gâteau au Chocolat. The two chefs make everything themselves, including the cheese, the falafel, harissa, hummus etc. The drinks menu is also well diversified, both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic parts of it. Hard to believe all this can be done in such a tiny place. This is a most welcome challenge to the standardized tastes served up in so many traditional vegan places around Tokyo. It *is* possible to do so much better!! Reservations accepted, English spoken.

This is hard to find, by the way. It's in a narrow back alley and I doubt a taxi could drop you off directly in front of it. It's in an old building with a narrow corridor on the ground floor that has several other eateries and pubs in it. Outside the building a lit directory lists all the places but Los Barbados is only listed in katakana. However, it is closest to the entrance to the building. A phone call may be necessary to get someone to find you.

Happycow does not allow 5-star reviews for non-veg restaurants so that's why there are no 5-star reviews here.

Updated from previous review on 2016-04-06

Pros: Explosion of tastes, Nice drinks menu, too , Nice team in the kitchen

Cons: Very small and cramped

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Fresh and flavoursome! - Edit

We arrived early (530pm) on a Saturday night to this tiny restaurant and the very friendly Japanese cook / owner (the only staff member) let us know she had lots of reservations for the night but we could stay until 630, we obliged.
The menu clearly states (colour coded) what is vegan so it was easy to make our selection. All of the meals are made in front of you while you watch, the chef is a great master of juggling multiple meals while welcoming new guests and even answering the phone!
To start, we chose the mez style plate to share (medium) with pita bread as a side. This dish was amazing! The ingredients incredibly fresh and the pita seemed homemade, so fluffy!
Next was the veggie spring rolls which were different to what we were expecting but still delicious.
The lentil curry was next and although we had been warned this was very spicy by the chef, we decided to take the risk. I am so glad we did! The spicyness was perfect, the flavours intense and this was by far my favourite dish of the night. An absolute winner!
Lastly was the pizza (which isn't a traditional pizza) which was my partners favourite dish of the night.
We also had 2 beers each but had to move along due to the lingering couple awaiting our departure.
We were very grateful for the food and service and would recommend this restaurant for those visiting Tokyo. Be sure to call ahead and make a booking though!

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Good food but portions are a bit small - Edit

This is a tiny place and can be very crowded in which case you have to wait for your food quite a while. It was really tasty in the end but the portions left us hungry.

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Cozy African/Middle Eastern food - Edit

The guy who runs the place is really friendly, and his food is good, too. Lots of vegan options. The owner/cook was even kind enough to point out that the creamy dip was made from soy before I needed to ask.

Don't miss this place!

Pros: Thoughtful and accommodating, Tasty, Cozy

Cons: Small venue

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Friendly and cozy - Edit

This place is a bit hard to find and isn't very spacey, but has great dishes! The dishes are mainly decorated with various fresh and raw vegetables. Best thing about it here is that all the dishes were 850yen! (it could be just for lunch time though) I live the atmosphere, with all the african decorations and various souvenirs on the walls. Be careful with choosing the dishes, because not all of them are veg dishes! Probably it is better to ask the owner before you make your order.

Pros: fresh, raw vegetable centered dishes , reasonable price

Cons: tricky to find, not so roomy

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Excellent - Edit

Nice staff with reasonable English. Great vegan options

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Small May Need To Book Ahead

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Warm. As it has to be for an African restaurant - Edit

Very homy bar, accessible from small alley, ideal for rainy days and dark evenings to warm up your belly and heart.

Food is very rich, well spiced. I go there when feeling particularly hungry, otherwise would be a bit too much. Actually if you prefer less cooked and lighter food, this is not a first place to go..

No matter very tight intimate space, feels ok to dine alone.
I couldn't help not chatting with owners wife which is very friendly. Her husband, the owner, cooks at the day time, and he is usually very into what he does.

Pros: Food, Owners

Cons: might need to wait in a line for lunch

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Awesome spot, great decor. Vegan and Non-Veg food - Edit

Loved Los Barbados.

Really nice little spot near Shibuya. Only about 7-8 seats and a bit hidden away but glad we went there for our final dinner in Tokyo.

My girlfriend is Vegan and I am Non-Vegetarian so sometimes that presents some challanges for us, but I love a good vegan meals and Los Barbados delivered.

We had a really nice spicy Daal, a veggie plate with falafel balls, veg, hummous, veggie kababs (?), we split two homemade veggie burger patties (very unique and tasty), a delicious desert too.

Food and drinks were a bit pricy (but that's common in Tokyo) and the portions were not very big (at least by North American vegan restaurant standards).

But the quality of the meal itself was excellent.

Los Barbados itself has great atomosphere for a small place, the owner/chef is into African music and culture so there are lots of African posters and souveniers around, really makes the place feel unique and special and warm.

The menu also did have some meat/fish items for non-vegetarians, as well as plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

Pros: Delicious and inventive vegan food, Great atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: A bit expensive, small portions , Not a lot of seating, bit hard to find, Smoking allowed inside

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