Fast food

Cafe features soy meat burger, curry, apple pie. Has foot bath corner to warm your feet. No garlic or onion. Reported fully vegan March 2023. Open Mon-Wed 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

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12 Reviews

First Review by BananaCrime0731


Points +1166

31 Jul 2023

cheap, yummy and big portion size made by bunch of grannies

so good!! definitely get the japanese style dinner! it was sooooo good

Pros: nice atmosphere , fair prices, english menu



Points +45

16 May 2023

Wow so good

I live in Tokyo and this place in Wakayama City is better than any of the many great vegan restaurants in Tokyo. Huge menu, everything vegan and all three of us loved our choices. For such high quality food, the prices are great. They have three locations and we went to the wrong one. Since this one is open late and that is where our reservations were, the manager of the other branch drove us to this one. She was so friendly and kind. You have so many great experiences and meet so many wonderful people when you decide to become vegetarian or vegan.

Pros: Food just so skillfully made and delicious , Many great main dishes, also teas, juice, sweets , Very friendly staff. Wonderful decor

Cons: No down side, everything perfect!


Points +114

23 Mar 2023

We go there often.

While living in Wakayama, we go there often. For some reason it states "vegetariam" on here but staff tells me that they are fully vegan!

Pros: It is all vegan, not sure why it states vegetarian

Cons: Can't tell, I'm Norwegian, it's all chep to me.


Points +3612

05 Feb 2023

Stellar, Fantastic Temple Food

Incredible food! I can't believe one of my top three vegan restaurants in Japan is in Wakayama-shi of all places.

Shojin ryori refers to 'temple food,' which is customary Buddhist cuisine free of animal products. This cafe was able to take this concept and create a heart warming atmosphere with amazing food for the plant-based eater.

The food here was absolutely amazing and incredibly affordable. I ordered their Unagi-don set and it came with purple rice, Koya tofu (a local specialty), salad, soup, and pickled vegetables. Everything was presented beautifully and their unagi is in my top-tier of unagi I've had in my life. My friend ordered their Fried set with karaage, croquette, and more, and each piece was crispy and fried to perfection while not feeling heavy at all.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a couple of their desserts including their homemade chocolate cake and apple pie. Everything was delicious without being overly sweet, and made for a great end to our meal.

I absolutely loved dining here. Service was incredible with them checking in on us frequently and asking to make sure if certain ingredients were okay. We sat and chilled here for at least two hours and never felt rushed to leave.

Thank you, Foi. If I'm back in the area, know that I will definitely stop by again.

Pros: Amazing shojin ryori, Service was excellent and accommodating


Points +79

25 Oct 2020

Amazing experience

We went to this restaurant with no clue and it was a big surprise.
First, the place is very nice looking, warm and comfortable.
The food menu has a lot of choice for a vegan restaurant, the food was very delicious and the price super affordable for the quantity and quality.
We decide to try the onsen footbath in this restaurant while savoring a tasty soft cream, very relaxing experience. The waitress, an old lady was super nice and warm.
Amazing experience, we'll come back for sure every time we pass by Wakayama.


Points +66

21 Jul 2020

Nice place

Restaurant entirely vegan who doesn't use eggs and dairy products. The food was really good and for a very decent price 👍

Pros: Vegan only, Cheap, Nice atmosphere


Points +100

01 Feb 2020

Nice place and great food

Very nice place with a good atmosphere. Staff is friendly and the food is great 👍

Pros: Enough parking available., Large menu (English menu available).


Points +41

28 Sep 2019

Lovely place with delicious food and a nice atmosphere

Lovely place with delicious food and a nice atmosphere, English menu available. Cafe and restaurant.

Pros: Many diffrent vegetarian and vegan dishes, English menu available, Warm and welcoming atmosphere


Points +861

19 Aug 2019

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere

I can’t believe I never knew about this restaurant. They have a huge menu and our meals were absolutely delicious. I got some ramen and it was absolutely perfect. If there’s anything I didn’t really enjoy it was the coffee, a bit too bitter for my taste. I’ll get another drink next time.

After our meal, we paid ¥500 to use the foot spa and, my by surprise, they gave us free vegan soft cream! I’ll be back again!

Pros: Huge menu, Beautiful restaurant , Foot spa with free vegan ice cream!!!!

Cons: A little bit of a hike from the station (10min?)


Points +97

21 Mar 2018

Really nice place and food !

I had a misogyny spicy pot which was delicious !! So glad to be able to eat Japanese food :)

Pros: A lot of options !! Even cakes and ice creams :)


Points +17

16 Jan 2018

fantastic restaurant for vegetarian&vegan!

I always had problem finding a vegetarian restaurant in Wakayama (not a big city), so I was really happy to find one finally! I go there once a week basis. They have a weekly platter, the main dish is always new to me. The amazing thing is, they have popular home-cooking Japanese dishes, such as “Katsu” (deep-fried pork) or “Karaage” (fried chicken), but of course not meat, substituted with “soybean meat”. This place is not expensive vegetarian food like served at temples in Japan. I also recommend their curry and hot pot. These really warm up your body. Their desserts are really good (not too sweet) and a variety of choices!

Pros: all vegetarian menus, relaxing atmosphere , lunch time served with your choice of drink


Points +44

30 Dec 2017

First Vegan Japan Place

Most of their menu is vegan. The waitwr we had was vwgan as well and understood what I could not eat. I had the cutlet plate with brown rice. The tea was so good as well. For desert i had the walnut cake. They have a little store inaide to buy some of things they use for their meals.

Pros: Lots of vegan options.

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