Monk's Foods

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    ( 5 reviews )

Kichijouji, Tokyo, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. Organic food restaurant at 武蔵野市御殿山1-2-4, est. since 1983. Offers daily set lunch and dinner meals with one meal being vegetable-based. Name refers to Thelonious Monk, the jazz musician. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Tue 11:30am-10:30pm, Thu-Fri 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Japanese, Organic, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by EricLoh

Peaceful hole-in-the-wall - Edit

This place was fantastic. The restaurant itself is very small but is a nice haven from the busy/loud crowds outside. The food was delicious and hearty!

Pros: Great food, great atmosphere , kind staff

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Simple food in a good atmosphere - Edit

Three options, chicken, fish or veg. Mentioned vegan and the option of fish or veg dashi and bonito/no bonito came up, no fuss, no bother. Sat up at the bar with my kids who had a pretty good go at everything which is good as they are fussy vegans, not a good combination in Tokyo. From an adult perspective it was deceptivly simple and very tasty, oh and great jazz.

Pros: Owner/cook knew about vegan, Simple tasty Japanese food, Damn fine miso soup

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Authentic, hearty - Edit

This isn't a vegan restaurant, but a 'healthy' one, and seems to always have one vegan item on their set lunch menu. If you order this, they also check with you about whether to make the miso soup with dashi or not. The set I ate was vegetables in broth, and tofu, plus sides of pickles, soy beans and seaweed, miso soup, mushrooms, and tea. It was really delicious, and very authentically Japanese. The space is cosy - not really suitable for big groups, though you could take over the whole of the upstairs. The lunch set is 1,080 JPY.

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Pros: Authentic, Delicious food, Good location

Cons: Not much seating

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Great meal for a great price! - Edit

We ate here for lunch and had a nice experience! Conveniently located a short walk away from the Studio Ghibli museum. It's a small café best for small parties. Three choices of set meals are offered - chicken, fish, or vegetable - for only 900 yen! They come with a main dish, a side, miso soup, and rice (choice of white or brown).

Monk's Foods seems to be run by one woman who is the owner, waitress, and chef. She was very friendly and helpful despite the fact that our party knows only a few words of Japanese. she knows quite a bit of English and asked those ordering the vegetable meal if they were "completely vegetarian," then provided a different miso soup free of fish ingredients/dashi.

The vegan set featured a bowl of tofu and mixed vegetables - zucchini, carrot, etc. The tofu was amazing, probably the best I've had during 10 days in Japan! I highly recommend this restaurant if you want homemade, healthy food at an unbeatable price in a small café setting.

Pros: Inexpensive , Cozy setting, Excellent tofu

Cons: Limited menu options, Not a lot of seating space

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healthy traditional Japanese food - Edit

Very local and healthy Japanese traditional food with brown rice option. Jazzy music is being played throughout the day. Warm and cosy in a petite shop! Even non-veg menu is awesome! Let the staff know your preference.

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