Saien Organic Izakaya

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1-7-2 Otesuji-dori (at Hasuikemachi-dori), Kochi, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. A veg-forward izakaya (Japanese style tavern) offering a number of small plates that are specially vegan: stir-fried persimmon and sesame, tofu, beans, radish, cabbage, peppers. Staff understands some English and will choose and provide an all vegan selection on request. Beverages include sake, sochu, beer. Located on the 3rd floor, its signage is illustrated with colorful sketches of vegetables. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Organic, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

1 Reviews

First Review by Nancy Cadet

On the way to Kochi castle - Edit

The Saien Izakaya is easy to find on Otesuji-dori, close to the intersection with Harimayabashi-dori, the wide boulevard that leads to Kochi JR station.
It's on the third floor , above a traditional Japanese pub & a nightclub called "Bû", & has a large colorful signboard illustrated with vegetables and the words "hot pepper" and in small script "Saien." It's across from the Welcome hotel.

The same street is filled with the stalls of local farmers and crafts people on Sundays (tea, ginger, citrus fruits, baked goods, textiles, baskets, woodworking ) , so it's worth a visit. The historic Kochi castle entrance is at the end of the street. Saien is not strictly vegetarian , but the staff will select and serve a number of small plates that are vegan, on request. Open from 5PM to midnight.

Pros: Variety of veggie dishes

Cons: Only open in the evening

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