Whether you're an abstemious vegetarian or a shameless hedonist, a meal at Asante Sana will leave you feeling positively virtuous. Attached to a store selling Asian imports, all-natural soaps, and organic food items, this tiny cafe off the beaten track near Yebisu Garden Place takes a holistic approach to natural living.
Fliers announcing farmers' markets and volunteer opportunities line the table near the entrance, and a bookshelf stuffed with magazines like Ecocolo stretches the length of one wall. The wooden tables and benches have a rough-hewn, hand-made feel, with former tree trunks serving as stools.
Although the unpretentious digs are more campfire quaint than Ebisu chic, the simple yet robustly flavored mostly-vegetarian fare shines. The kitchen crafts tasty dishes from seasonal vegetables, healthy grains and pulses, and vivid spices with careful attention to color and texture.
Wash down the daily lunch plate (Y840, all vegetarian), vegetable curry (Y735), or chicken curry (Y735, for the carnivores) with fresh apple or mikan juice made from domestically grown fruit. Organic beers from England and Japan are also available for Y600. The cafe is jam-packed with health-conscious, socially aware ladies who lunch from noon-1pm, so arrive early or late to beat the rush. Lunch until 3pm.