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rockrock Mar 15, 2010 04:53 PM

A perennial topic, I know. My hippie, vegetarian sister is coming to Tokyo next week, and we'll be in the market for some good food stops. Any suggestions out there? I know we'll hit Eat More Greens and Nagamine (mentioned recently on this board. I went a few months ago, and it was great). I'm interested in Nakaiseki Sen, also mentioned here. Any more suggestions? Thanks.

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    tomo Jun 17, 2010 03:08 PM

    Hi!
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    Ginza | Macrobiotic (all vegan)
    http://vege-navi.jp/?.321.2.0
    Curry Plate ,Brochette of vegetable grill & Organic Apple Pie are nice!

    [ HANADA ROSSO
    ]Harajuku | Macrobiotic (all vegan)
    http://vege-navi.jp/?.46.2

    [ PURE CAFE ]
    Omotesandou (vegan friendy
    )http://vege-navi.jp/?.26.2

    [ meu nota ]
    Kouenji (all vegan
    )http://vege-navi.jp/?.354.2

    [ Patisserie Simple Modern Macrobiotic
    ]Jiyugaoka | Macrobiotic (all vegan)
    http://vege-navi.jp/?1.248.2.0

    [ kappou MASUMOTO ]
    Shinjuku | Macrobiotic box lunch shop (There are about three kinds of vegan.)
    http://vege-navi.jp/?1.303.2.0
    Japanese Traditional taste!

    [ SHOWTENNEN : Lacto Ovo - Most menus are made vegan. ]
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    and more!

    * Tokyo restaurants list,
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      coldicott Mar 31, 2010 04:15 PM

      If you call this spot: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/e358200 - they will do a vegetarian set menu at the budget you specify. It's not normally a veggie place, but the chef makes this great stock using dry turnip skins, and it's really first-class stuff - but if you want veggie, book a few days ahead.

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        epicuriousdeb Mar 31, 2010 05:52 AM

        Is she vegan or vegetarian? It's hard to find vegan restaurants in Tokyo, although my friend has been to Manna (http://www.mannafest.jp/intro_eng/) and recommended it.

        If your sister eats eggs/dairy, it will be slightly easier. I really like Vegematto (http://epicurious-deb.blogspot.com/20...). There are also a number of tofu kaiseki restaurants, such as Ume no Hana and Tofuya Ukai.

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          ttj Mar 31, 2010 03:38 PM

          Have you had a vegetarian meal at Tofuya Ukai?
          All the Tofuya Ukai course menus listed in their menu contain a sashimi dish and a fish/beef/chicken one.

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            epicuriousdeb Mar 31, 2010 08:21 PM

            Ah, you're totally right, there was a sashimi course in ours. I'm not sure if they would be able to prepare a meal without any fish/meat...I think the course i had at Ume no Hana (the Aoyama branch) was all tofu and veggies, not meat/fish.

        2. Notorious P.I.G. Mar 30, 2010 08:13 PM

          There's also the Brown Rice Cafe, a little Macrobiotic place in Omotesando.

          http://www.brown.co.jp/english/index.html

          Some pictures of the special I had that day, relatively cheap and they give you a ton of food.

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/42140802@N08/4012947448/in/set-72157622587397556/

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/42140802@N08/4012947866/in/set-72157622587397556/

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/42140802@N08/4012179953/in/set-72157622587397556/

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/42140802...

          They have a wait a lot of the time so you may have to put your name on a list but that's alright as there's plenty of things to do in Omotesando while you wait.

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            epicuriousdeb Mar 30, 2010 07:50 PM

            I recently discovered Vegematto, a tiny 14 person bar/restaurant in an alleyway in Roppongi - for 3500 yen per person, we were served 6 courses of vegetables, delicious, fresh and perfectly executed! Courses include mushroom consomme, salad, a variety of marinated veggies, pan-roasted veggies and veggie fondue or bagna cruda (the bagna cruda was awesome!). The final course is rice with egg and miso soup. Everything was delicious and we felt very healthy (and full!) afterward!

            1. Robb S Mar 15, 2010 08:16 PM

              I know everyone defines the word differently, but if we're talking 'vegetarian' as in not eating any meat or fish, then Nagamine is not really suitable for vegetarians.

              Here are a few shojin-ryori places you might like: http://www.bento.com/r-veg.html#shojin

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                coldicott Mar 15, 2010 11:35 PM

                Last I checked, Daigo on the Bento.com shojin ryori list wasn't vegetarian either - the chef told me that he uses katsuo stock, though that was many years ago. The best pure veggie shojin joint, in my always humble opinion, is Itosho in Azabu Juban: 3-4-7 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku. 03-3454-6538.

                Gaya, in Aoyama or Yoyogi Uehara, is great: http://vegetokyo.com/?p=189

                And there's even a garish joint in Yokohama's Chinatown that has a pretty sizeable vegetarian menu. They like you to call ahead and warn them if you're going to order veggie so they can scrub all the pots and pans clear of the meaty oils: http://r.tabelog.com/kanagawa/A1401/A140105/14009294/dtlmap/

                Meanwhile, there's a site listing most of the city's veggie spots: www.vege-navi.jp

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                  Robb S Mar 16, 2010 12:47 AM

                  Ah, thanks for letting me know about Daigo. I just called and asked, and they said they use katsuo-bushi.

                  Have you tried Amane in Akasaka? They do a Y4000 prix-fixe menu at dinner if you book in advance, but they also serve shojin a la carte.

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                    coldicott Mar 16, 2010 12:10 PM

                    No bother. Daigo also uses onions - another shojin no-no.

                    Haven't heard of Amane, but will check it out. Ta.

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                      Uncle Yabai Mar 17, 2010 12:11 AM

                      Really? Onions is not allowed in shojin ryori? Didn't know that. Did they pick that up from the Jain?

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                        ttj Mar 17, 2010 03:41 PM

                        There is a rule about avoiding vegetables/herbs with strong smell as they excite the senses. The list includes garlic, shallot, etc (from Allium family) and I believe onion (being related) is associated with these. Although I don't think it was in the original list of smelly ones.

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                      Asomaniac Jun 17, 2010 09:53 PM

                      Actually Daigo can do dashi without katsuo-boshi. You need to tell them in advance, and unlike Nagamine, they do accommodate you. Not that I would want that sort of thing, but some very strictly religious Indian friends did.

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                        Robb S Jun 17, 2010 10:07 PM

                        Ah, good to know - they didn't mention that to me when I called. At those prices, I'd hope they'd be at least a bit accommodating.

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                  Jrim Mar 15, 2010 07:06 PM

                  I'm quite fond of Nagi Shokudo in Shibuya: http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/dining... - good luck finding it if you haven't been there before, though. While you're in the area, Kuumba du Falafel is also amazing, and - as far as I know - totally vegan.

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                    lost squirrel Mar 15, 2010 08:22 PM

                    The new restaurant Manna (if it's still open) is an option.

                    In Akasaka recently, I saw a macrobiotic restaurant but I don't remember the name - sorry!

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