• Sweet Market

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  • White Vegetarian

Offers vegan lunch sets with brown rice, Akita specialty Inaniwa udon noodles, pasta and curry. Also has a health food store on the first floor offering takeout lunch boxes as well. The café on the second floor is accessible from the store. Pay at the cash register on the first floor. Japanese menu only. Lunch starts at 11:30 am, might also accommodate slightly earlier. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-7:00pm. Health store opens an hour later.

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1 Review

First Review by Darklight


Points +28

30 May 2020

Safe haven in Akita

Akita prefecture as a whole does not really accommodate to vegetarians, so I was happy to finally discover this place. There is a health food store on the first floor where you can find many takeout lunch boxes, and a staircase leads to the tiny café on the second floor. I arrived around 10:45 with an empty stomach and didn't realize lunch doesn't start till 11:30, but the staff was very nice, they told me to go upstairs and they could probably give me lunch. An old lady is preparing and serving food, and in fact I was served lunch after 11 am already - I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for this.

The food is similar to what you can typically find in Japanese style organic cafés. I ordered the lunch set of the day, which contains brown rice with side dishes, that day spring roll and others. It was nice, an just like what you would expect of a vegan organic café. Portions are also similar, might seem small for Western stomachs, but just enough for those living and/or used to things in Japan. I ordered a coffee too and left with a full stomach.

Side dishes of the lunch menu change every day. Furthermore, they offer Inaniwa udon noodles with side dishes, pasta and curry among others. The basic lunch set costs 1000 yen+vat, the udon set 1200 yen+vat, just like similar places in Japan. The drink menu is limited, but you can order organic coffee and such for 200 yen+vat with a lunch set.

Menu in Japanese only, and I don't think the staff speaks English.

I was happy to discover a vegan café in Akita, and I will definitely go back every time I have to go to the city.

Updated from previous review on 2020-05-30

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