Yakuzenshokudo Chabuzen

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Daida 6cho-me,16-20, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Restaurant turned fully vegan in 2016. No MSG. 五葷(5 pungent roots)-free. Signature seasoning is all-purpose liquid yeast housemade from brown rice. Menu written in English, Chinese and Korean. Electric outlets at some seats. Also known as Shimokitazawa Chabuzen. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm. Open Tue-Sun until 3:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, International

17 Reviews

First Review by Oine

tiny gem - Edit

Very small place (seating for about 3 parties), and a few minutes off the more busy streets, but great food, very cute, well worth the wait for everything being freshly prepared dish by dish.

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I downloaded the app just to give this place 5 stars - Edit

blown away. Top 5 best food I have ever had, and the best I had in Tokyo during my visit. So satisfied I had to download this app and give it the highest score. Super cute man running the place. The dragon ramen is heaven sent. Go there!

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Cool but awkward - Edit

This place is small, like really small. This can be charming and romantic (see: every other review), but for us it was super awkward as it's just you and the owner on a quiet night and there isn't a lot to say (my wife speaks Japanese too). The food was alright: I got the salt ramen and it was just ok, not super sodium heavy for the country that gave us soy sauce. The saltiest thing was me after clearly ordering the wrong dish. My wife had the recommended ramen and it was pretty dang good. Worth going if you're in shimo kitazawa, maybe bring a party of five to ease the tension or something.

Pros: cool place, cat posters on wall, food is cheap af

Cons: kind of dirty

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cozy, delicious hidden gem - Edit

Such a wonderful place! It's a very small and intimate place, perfect for relaxing. The guy who owns it is lovely and cooks everything right in front of you from scratch. It is so rare to find something like ramen, that's vegan, and still tastes amazing. Everything here is so flavorful, whether you eat meat or not, you will definitely enjoy this. And if you are someone who doesn't eat meat, this place will be heaven for you :)

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The best vegan restaurant in Shimokitazawa - Edit

Yakuzenshokudo Chabuzen is Shimokitazawa's hidden gem. Situated along a quiet street just off the main shops, Yakuzenshokudo Chabuzen is worth the walk.

The restaurant is quaint with floor seating. The lovely owner is extremely accommodating and quick to take your order when ready. The menu has an array of Japanese cuisine including: curry, rice dishes with tofu and soy meat options. I had the curry dish and the chicken with tartar sauce - both were incredible!

Yakuzenshokudo Chabuzen is the perfect place to go to while in Shimokitazawa if you're looking for authentic vegan Japanese food. The resturaunt is run by the owner himself who cooks and serves the food which is a great addition.

I would definitely recommend Yakuzenshokudo Chabuzen to anyone in the area. Cannot wait to visit again!

Pros: Authentic Japanese food , Fresh and quality food , Plenty of options and great prices

Cons: None

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overwhelmingly romantic - Edit

This little place from October, 2016 turned fully vegan with the owner himself. He said that since he decided to change, didn't want to cook differently.

It is tiny and it is a bit dusty. But the whole thing feels like something out of a Murakami book.

Try the Dragon Ramen (personally I have never eaten anything this amazing) and the Indian Curry (also outstanding). He will serve a handful of salad for starters and a tiny special tofu cacao sweet dish as a dessert. It feels like if I missed this place I would have missed something very authentically Japanese. There is enough space for only seven people. Price is on the low side. The owner is super kind and speaks basic English.

Pros: food, kindness, atmosphere

Cons: nothing that really matters

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great little find - Edit

Lovely little place. Very friendly owner and delicious Japanese food. Very welcoming and warming on a cold spring night.

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Great little place! - Edit

Updated review. over the past few years this has been a vegan options only place but I'm happy to report he owner has flipped the menu and it is now fully vegan with a larger menu than before. This tiny gem is a small walk from Shimokitazawa and Shindaita stations and has a clearly labeled vegan section in the menu. It's not a huge selection but you wont care!! The food is good, the price is right and the space is a cozy little space to escape the cold winter night and have a big bowl of ramen.

Pros: good prices, good food fully vegan, cozy and relaxed

Cons: tiny, seats 10 maximum

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May actually be fully vegan - Edit

We found this pretty easy to locate but actually think that nearly everything on the menu might have been vegan. Obviously language barriers are difficult but the owner seemed to suggest that he himself was vegan. It seemed that nearly everything had a vegan option (a green highlight on the menu) and the only other possibility for dishes was that they were also Jain/Buddhist with no garlic or onions. Lots of photos of happy animals pinned to the walls and the owner was super friendly. Ramen was great! Though admittedly more like soup stock with noodles than thick ramen. Very enjoyable!

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great little find - Edit

So happy we found this place. Cozy little ramen/curry spot! Highly recommend hitting this place up if you're in the area. The owner/chef was so sweet and amazing. Thank you.

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no more veggie rama - Edit

As of September 2016, they are no longer selling the vegan ramen. :(

still able to order vegan gyoza

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Amazing Ramen - Edit

This place was a must do if visiting Japan. Its a very tiny place with vegan signage out front. We sat at the bar and witnessed the owner/chef as he made our meal in the very small kitchen area. The ramen was the best I have ever had and you can tell the chef put much effort in developing the flavor and cooking it just right. We were surprised by the free dessert of bananas and raisins in a sweet sauce. Very nice touch. One of my favorite experiences while on my vacation!

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lovely vegan food - best Ramen - Edit

tiny restaurant, 10 mins from the station. the owner was lovely! my carnivorous husband is a big ramen fan and said his vegan ramen was better than the meaty ramens he normally eats! my curry was also delicious.

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Vegan options! - Edit

Stumbled upon this place on an inner-city hike. It was like an oasis! Fresh, delicious ramen and other vegan options, including Indian curry dishes. Owner seems really nice (speaks a little English). So glad I found it!

Pros: Delicious , Reasonable, A bit off the beaten path

Cons: A bit off the beaten path, Only seats about 11

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Vegan ramen! - Edit

This place wasn't easy to find (and was tucked away in a mostly residential area), but I got there in one piece with the help of GPS. Immediately upon coming in, we saw the English menu options and the owner asked if we were vegan. We promptly ordered the vegan ramen and a vegan "soup curry." My ramen was great, though not the super fatty traditional ramen I envisioned, and was loaded with vegetables. My brother's curry was mostly the same thing as my ramen soup but served with rice, so I recommend the ramen.

We were the only ones in the (very small) restaurant, and the owner kindly gave us small servings of a pumpkin pudding at the end of our meal. Overall a very nice dining experience!

Pros: English menu, clear understanding of what vegan me

Cons: Small, hard to find.

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doesn't appear to be open - Edit

Tried this place twice during posted hours because we were around the area, never open. Not sure if it has been on vacation or what, no English posted in door so can't read it

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MidnightSun112 29 Aug 2013 - I visited this place also during posted hours and it was closed. The Japanese signs on the door said nothing about why they were closed. Not sure what's going on with this place.  


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If you don't mind that they also serve meat ... - Edit

Went here with a friend yesterday evening, arriving just as the place was about to open (17:30). It's a 10 walk from Shimokitazawa station, though not easy to find if you don't know where you're going. Still, it's worth it if you can find the place.
Seating is either at the counter facing into the kitchen or at one of three small, low tables. There's probably space for up to 8 or 9 people, though no other customers came in while we were there.
As soon as we entered the owner asked if we were vegan or vegetarian. The menu is all in Japanese but the vegan/vegetarian options are easy to identify (everything with a green background.) There were two vegan/vegetarian main meals, ramen and soup curry (both ¥650).
I had the vegan soup curry, my friend had the non-vegan soup curry (from the smell I'd guess it had some kind of seafood in it). Both came with brown rice and both of us were very happy with our food.
Another thing is that you need to choose how spicy you want your meal from a scale of 1-7. The owner recommended 4, which was surprisingly spicy (for Japan) but pleasantly so. There are also extras for Y100-200 such as natto and okura, mozuku, soy chāshū (roast pork), soy cutlet and also real meat dishes.
Drinks: they have ebisu beer, wine, coffee and soy drinks.
If I have the chance I'd definitely like to go again.

Pros: Tasty, Cheap, Different

Cons: Serves meat, Out the way

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