Vegetable-friendly restaurants

Japanese

Ikebukuro -- Harvest. 5954-8152
Harvest provides a natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different mostly Japanese-style dishes, including lots of vegetables. The price is Y1888 at dinnertime and Y1573 at lunchtime.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-11-1, Lumine Ikebukuro 9F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Harajuku -- Yasaiya Mei. 5785-0606
Healthy vegetable-oriented cuisine is the concept at this attractively appointed dining bar - everything from bagna cauda and vegetable terrines to robatayaki-style skewered morsels. Drinks include wines, shochu and sake - budget around Y5-6000 for food and drink at dinnertime. Lunches like their Japanese vegetable curry start at Y1300.
SunmapJingumae 4-12-4, Omotesando Hills 3F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Gotanda -- Yasaiya Mei. 5789-3650
This branch of the vegetable-oriented chain specializes in vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum order for two people), to which you can add various vegetable side dishes (including several meaty items). Shabu-shabu sets are priced Y2800-4600, and kaiseki menus are Y4800 and Y6800.
SunmapHigashi-Gotanda 2-1-2, Remy Gotanda 8F. (inside the Tokyu Shopping Plaza) Open 11am-11pm (lunch to 3pm) daily.
Roppongi -- Roppongi Nouen. 3405-0684
Sustainable cuisine is the core philosophy and mission statement of this farm-focused restaurant in the heart of Roppongi. The menu offers a good selection of organic sake and wine, and dishes are made with organic ingredients, some of them grown in the restaurant's own backyard garden. The food is generally very good - original, creative, and quite appetizing - and while the overall dining experience can be uneven, the quality of the food is worth returning for. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapRoppongi 6-6-15. Open noon-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi Hills -- Yasaiya Mei. 5775-2960
Healthy seasonal vegetable-centered cuisine is the concept at this cheerful counter shop, with attractively presented dishes like bagna cauda, vegetable shabu-shabu, grilled shiitake with duck, and grilled acorns. Vegetarian options are available, and take-out bentos are sold from 11am-4pm. Budget around Y5000 for dinner; lunches from Y1300. Open to 1am Fridays and Saturdays.
SunmapRoppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Ginza -- Nagamine. 3547-8083
Vegetable kaiseki is the unusual specialty at Nagamine, a relatively new restaurant in Ginza that's run by a long-established vegetable wholesaler based in nearby Tsukiji. With no meat or seafood to distract one's attention, the vegetables really stand on their own merits, and Nagamine showcases the most beautiful and most flavorful produce of the season. At Y5250, the vegetable menu offers a chance to experience a different take on kaiseki at a very reasonable price. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decormapGinza 4-9-5, Ginsho Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Marunouchi -- No no Budo. 3215-7320
This cafeteria-style "natural foods buffet" is a real bargain at Y2400 per person, which includes organic fruit juices and fresh-brewed espresso as well as a big selection of Japanese home-style dishes.
SunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 3F. Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Otemachi -- Daichi and Keats. 6273-4345
Organic, sustainable, ecologically conscious food and drink are on offer at this farm cafe, deli and bar. Typical menu items include eco-shrimp ajillo and farmer's pot-au-feu, while the drinks menu features organic wines, sangria and shochu. Take-out vegetable-centered bentos are Y750; dinner and drinks might run around Y4000.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-4-1, iiyo!! B1F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ueno -- Yasaiya Mei Ueno. 5812-1461
Mei specializes in vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum order for two people), to which you can add various meaty side dishes. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. Open all afternoon on weekends.
SunmapUeno Koen 1-54, Ueno no Mori Sakura Terrace 3F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ueno -- Daichi no Okurimono. 3836-2640
There's something self-indulgent and luxurious about an all-you-can-eat buffet, but a natural-foods buffet on the other hand seems positively virtuous - "Eat what you want - it's all good for you." The real fun of a buffet, though, is being able to try lots of different flavors without having to decide what to order, and the spread here offers ample variety. [Show more]
SunmapUeno 1-20-11, Suzunoya Bldg 4F. Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Jiyugaoka -- Aen. 5731-8251
Good, healthy cooking based on organic vegetables and high-quality seasonal ingredients. The menu ranges from vegetable sushi on brown rice to parma ham and rucola pizzas; they also serve a number of gourmet pork dishes. Budget around Y4500 at dinnertime.
SunmapJiyugaoka 2-8-20. Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Sta. -- Yasaiya Mei. 045-441-7615
Healthy seasonal vegetable-centered cuisine is the concept here, with salads, charcoal- grilled vegetables, tempura and original ishes. One of the specialties is vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum two persons), to which you can add pork or beef if you like. Shabu-shabu starts at Y2200/person, with party menus from Y3800 and ample a la carte options.
SunmapTakashima 2-16-1, Lumine Yokohama 7F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Akihabara -- En. 5298-2796
En takes a creative, original approach to cooking, with unusual dishes like cheese and sea bream spring rolls, and Kyoto vegetable salad topped with steamed pork. Drinks include a good selection of premium sake and shochu.
SunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-9, Atre 2 Akihabara 5F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Sangenjaya -- Lo. 6380-2771
Hearth-grilled skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables are the draw at this stylish izakaya, including several types of name-brand pork. They also serve up creative tapas-style starters like their terrine made with ten different organic vegetables, and their three-part smoked platter of the day. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
lateSunmapTaishido 4-29-15. Open 6pm-2am (Sat -5am; Sun -midnight) daily.
Omotesando -- Crayon House. 3406-6409
The basement of Crayon House has an organic vegetable shop and two separate natural-food restaurants: "Hiroba", serving Japanese food, and "Home", with French cuisine. "Hiroba" offers an interesting buffet lunch for Y1,200.
no smokingSunmapKita-Aoyama 3-8-15. (walk down Omotesando towards Harajuku, turn left at the Hanae Mori Building and walk one block) Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
!Koshigaya Laketown -- Tane no Ie. 048-930-7285
If you like Japanese vegetables it's worth checking out the buffet at this natural-foods restaurant, where you have a tasty choice of soups and stews, hot and cold main dishes and salads, all made with top-grade organic ingredients. Some recent favorites were a well-seasoned daikon and pumpkin stew, creamy wintermelon and soymilk soup; and hearty daikon chunks roasted with rosemary and other herbs until they were squishy soft. [Show more]
SunmapSaitama-ken Koshigaya-shi, Azumacho 2-8, Aeon Laketown Mori 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-9pm daily.
Yokohama Sta. -- Harvest. 045-290-9919
Harvest serves up a very appealing natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different dishes (mostly Japanese-style), including lots of vegetables. Lunch (until 5pm) and dinner prices are Y1399 and Y1899 weekdays and Y1599 and Y1899 weekends. The soft drink bar is Y199. (Prices do not include consumption tax.)
SunmapKita-Saiwai 1-2-7, Yodobashi Camera Multimeda Yokohama B2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Minato-mirai -- Keke. 045-225-6311
A natural-foods buffet with plenty of organic vegetable dishes. Weekend lunch is Y1900, dinner Y2400. Weekdays it's Y1700 and Y2200.
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-2-1-2, Landmark Tower 5F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Minato-mirai -- Harvest (World Porters). 045-227-5818
Harvest serves up a very appealing natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different dishes (mostly Japanese-style), including lots of vegetables. Lunch and dinner prices are Y1299 and Y1899 weekdays and Y1499 and Y1899 weekends. The soft drink bar is Y199, and a 90-minute open-bar plan is Y990. (Prices do not include consumption tax.)
SunmapShin-Minato 2-1-1, World Porters 5F. Open 11am-9pm (last entry) daily.

Japanese Curry

!Takadanobaba -- Yamituki Curry. 3205-0036
Original recipes, unique flavors and ample use of fresh seasonal vegetables help Yamituki stand out in the highly competitive Japanese curry landscape. Umami-rich ingredients like ripe tomatoes, cheese and coconut milk add depth and bring out the individual flavors of the curries' vegetable and meat ingredients. [Show more]
SunmapNishi-Waseda 3-15-7. Open 11:30am-11:45pm daily.
!Yoyogi -- Camp. 5411-0070
Vegetable-centered curries - variations include four-bean keema, asparagus and bacon, and German potato and soft-boiled egg. Lunch and dinner sets average around Y1000.
mapSendagaya 4-29-11, B1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Otemachi -- Camp. 6273-4635
The healthy and quite tasty Japanese curries here are heavy on the vegetables - in fact the special of the house promises a full day's ration of vegetables. The shop itself is decorated in a whimsical camping-equipment theme - portable lanterns, backpacks, thermos bottles - and most dishes are served on miniature iron skillets. [Show more]
no smokingdecormapOtemachi 1-5-5, Otemachi Tower Ootemori B2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Iidabashi -- Yamituki Curry. 3556-0703
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu. Curries are also available to take out.
SunmapFujimi 2-11-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Jimbocho -- Yamituki Curry. 3295-5105
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu.
no smokingSunmapKanda-Jimbocho 1-56-3. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Ogawamachi -- Chantoya Coconut Curry. 5281-4747
A dozen varieties of coconut-based, vegetable-filled, Thai-inspired, Japanese-style curries are on offer here, with 25 optional toppings, including baked cheese. The attractively decorated space is furnished with several tables as well as the usual counter, and there's a take-out window if you want to bring your curry home. Curries start at Y750; beers and cocktails are Y500.
SunmapKanda Ogawamachi 3-28-7. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
!Nakano -- Yamituki Curry. 3389-2137
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu.
SunmapNakano-5-50-3. Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
!Naka-Meguro -- Ka-Ku-Ra. 3710-0299
Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900. They often run out, so call ahead or have a backup plan.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-42-13. Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Yokohama Sta. -- Camp Express. 045-620-7490
The excellent Yoyogi-based curry shop is expanding rapidly, and their vegetable-centered Japanese-style curries are well worth a try. Like other outlets, this department-store branch is decorated in a camping motif.
SunmapMinami-Saiwai 1-5-1, Joinus Dining B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Tofu Ryori

Gaienmae -- Ume no Hana. 5412-0855
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Aoyama M's Tower Passage 2F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Shibuya -- Sorano. 5728-5191
The Shibuya branch of this Osaka tofu-maker is clearly aimed at a youngish audience, with flashy decor and relatively low prices. Located alongside the JR tracks in Sakuragaokacho, it has a gorgeous interior, with a pebbly pathway meandering past a tiny pond and water-floating ikebana. The main dining area follows an interesting multi-level plan with semi-private nooks perched above the main rooms. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapSakuragaokacho 4-17. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
!Akabanebashi -- Tofuya Ukai. 3436-1028
First-class traditional Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on tofu, in a beautiful setting next to Tokyo Tower. Private dining rooms look out over lovely gardens and 100-year-old trees, although the building itself is new. Prix-fixe lunch from Y6000, dinner from Y9000.
decorSunmapShiba-Koen 4-4-13. Open 11am-3, 3-8pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- Ume no Hana. 3538-2226
One of the fancier branches of this reliable tofu and yuba restaurant, convenient for Ginza shoppers.
SunmapGinza 2-3-6, 5F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Ueno -- Ume no Hana. 3834-7712
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900. Take-out bento are also available. [Go to branch review]
SunmapUeno 1-20-11, Suzunoya Bldg 5F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Uguisudani -- Sasa no Yuki. 3873-1145
This venerable old tofu specialist (dating back to 1691) stands in a rather nondescript neighborhood about a 15-minute walk from the north end of Ueno Park. Multi-course meals feature tofu in all its variations, starting from around Y2000 for lunch and Y4200 for dinner, with some vegetarian options available.
SunmapNegishi 2-15-10. Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Oshiage -- Kunimi. 5809-7100
Tofu-based kaiseki cuisine, accompanied by a close-up view of Tokyo Skytree. A lunchtime bento is Y2835, and kaiseki service is Y5250-12600.
SunmapOshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 31F East Yard. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Hakusan -- Goenmon. 3811-2015
Excellent tofu cuisine in a beautiful garden setting. They have a private teahouse which can be reserved if you call far enough in advance. Reservations absolutely necessary. Full-course lunch menu from Y2700, dinner from Y5500.
decormapHon-Komagome 1-1-26. Open noon-2, 5-10pm (8pm Sundays). Closed Sundays.
Kichijoji -- Ume no Hana. 0422-28-0320
Tofu and yuba specialties. Dinner from Y3600. [Go to branch review]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-3-1, Tokyu Dept. Store 9F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.

Shojin-ryori

Shojin-ryori is Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Call ahead for reservations.
Onarimon -- Daigo. 3431-0811
Top-class temple vegetarian cuisine. Lunch 10-12,000 yen, dinner 14-18,000 yen. (Strict vegetarians should note that the kitchen uses a bit of katsuo-bushi - dried bonito flakes - when preparing the dishes here.)
decorSunmapAtago 2-3-1, Forest Tower 2F. Open noon-3pm, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
!Azabu-Juban -- Itosho. 3454-6538
Excellent, reasonably priced shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine). Lunch is Y6000, dinner Y8000-10,000.
SunmapAzabu-Juban 3-4-7. Open noon-3, 5:30-9pm daily.
Akasaka -- Amane. 3224-0706
This tiny counter izakaya offers a Y4000 prix-fixe menu of shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine) if you book in advance. Various shojin dishes are also available a la carte. The lunchtime menu is more ordinary - Y800 for ginger udon noodles.
mapAkasaka 3-12-2, 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Iriya -- Bon. 3872-0375
Beautifully prepared temple cuisine. Lunch/dinner ranges from 7,000 - 10,000 yen.
decorSunmapRyusen 1-2-11. Open from noon and from 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Yoga -- Izuchiku. 3700-4661
The Tokyo branch of a famous temple restaurant in Kyoto, they specialize in teppatsu-ryori, a type of shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine). The tatami rooms look out onto a beautiful Japanese garden. Prix-fixe menus are Y5,000-15,000.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Seta 3-6-8. (at the intersection of Route 246 and Kampachi-dori) Open 11am-7:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.

South Asian

Nishi-Shinjuku -- Spice Heaven. 5325-6797
The Y1000 lunch buffet has only four curries, but they're above average in quality. Mondays are all-vegetarian at this branch of the Maharaja chain.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1, Shinjuku Park Tower B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi -- Nirvana New York. 5647-8305
A well-appointed Tokyo branch of the upscale New York Indian restaurant. At lunchtime you can enjoy a Y2000 buffet which includes three curries of the day, vegetable fritters, sauteed vegetables, omelettes and a salad bar. Prix-fixe dinners are Y6500-8000.
SunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Akasaka -- Moti (TBS). 3584-6640
Another local branch of this popular Indian chain, with a good selection of vegetarian choices.
SunmapAkasaka 2-14-31. Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Higashi-Ginza -- Dharmasagara. 3545-5588
Popular with Indian customers, Dharmasagara serves great South Indian cuisine, with especially good dosa and other breads and plenty of interesting vegetarian options. Lunch from Y1200, prix-fixe dinner from Y3150 or a la carte.
no smokingSunmapGinza 4-14-6, Ginza Eight Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Yotsuya 3-chome -- Dipmahal. 3341-9465
Above-average curries and tandoori dishes, at good prices.
SunmapYotsuya 3-3, Stream Yotsuya 2F. (from Yotsuya 3-chome walk towards Yotsuya sta, take the second left; the shop is on the right a few doors in) Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hanzomon -- Dipmahal. 3263-3207
Above-average Indian fare at reasonable prices from the Yotsuya-based mini-chain.
SunmapKojimachi 1-3-7. Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.

International and European

!Harajuku -- Restaurant I. 5772-2091
While Chef Keisuke Matsushima is best known for the regional southern-French cuisine at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Nice, his newer venture in Harajuku adopts a more eclectic approach. The kitchen draws on French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese techniques, all filtered through a distinctive Tokyo sensibility. And it's a point of pride that nearly all the ingredients used here are sourced from Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapJingumae 1-4-20, Park Court Jingumae 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed various days.
!Jingumae 2-chome -- Kurkku Kitchen. 5414-0944
Kurkku's attractive and spacious dining room is tucked into the back of a trendy-looking design shop, and the main focus is on the wood-burning grill at the heart of the open kitchen. The menu is built around premium grilled meats but also includes hefty portions of vegetables and greens. Prix-fixe dinners of ample size start at Y5500, and they include a vegetable-centered chef's menu. A few decent wines can be found for under Y6000, but it's easy to spend more if you want to splurge. The Y2800 three-course lunch is an especially good deal.
no smokingdecorSunmapJingumae 2-18-21, Koti Bldg 1F. Open 11:30-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Daikanyama -- Ivy Place. 6415-3232
"Global comfort food" in a lovely, beach-resort-style setting from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor team (Cicada, Beacon). [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapSarugakucho 16-15. Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
Naka-Meguro -- N_1155. 3760-1001
Fresh organic produce is the pride of this casual, stylish dining bar. The simple menu complements the nice selection of organic and biodynamic wines. Bruschetta, baby shrimp and tomatoes sauteed in garlic oil, and other tapas-style dishes are available on the first floor, while more substantial fare such as Australian lamb and veal can be ordered upstairs, with full-course dinners from Y2800. The smoke-free environment is a plus.
no smokingSunmapKami-Meguro 1-1-55. Open noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
!Kiba -- A Ta Gueule Orient Express. 5809-9799
Located a bit off the beaten track, this intimate 28-seat restaurant is a serious gourmet destination, serving high-level cuisine at down-to-earth prices. Owner-chef George Sumura is a veteran of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and a two-star restaurant in Brussels, and his menu is especially strong in game dishes. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapKiba 3-19-8. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Roppongi -- Vegematto. 6804-3791
Italian-inspired late-night vegetable dining, with produce from organic farms around Japan. Prix-fixe menus are Y3000-4000, and include cheese fondue or bagna cauda as a main course. There are more than fifty wines, starting at Y3000/bottle.
latemapRoppongi 3-9-3, Dai-2 Roppongi Village Bldg 1F. Open 7pm-7am. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Yotsuya 3-chome -- Ramukana. 6457-4942
Beautiful heirloom vegetables, sourced from small farms all over Japan, are the pride of the kitchen at Ramukana. The menu's centerpiece is a hearty cheese fondue, served with raw vegetables, bread, and optional "toppings" such as the excellent smoked bacon chunks. A couple of nice Swiss house wines are available by the bottle, carafe or glass (Y5000 / Y2600 / Y900), along with reasonably priced French wines starting at Y3500. [Show more]
mapArakicho 3-10, Dai-3 Halcyon 2F. Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Middle Eastern

!Ebisu -- Ta-im. 5424-2990
Great Middle-Eastern fare - falafel, hummus, Israeli-style salads - and various Israeli wines by the bottle, all at reasonable prices. The Y1300 Ta-im lunch plate offers a good sampling of the menu, with portions of Israeli salad, falafel, hummus, babaganoush and other vegetable spreads, along with lentils and rice, toasted pita bread, pumpkin soup, dessert and a drink. [Show more]
SunmapEbisu 1-29-16. Open 11am-3:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Ekoda -- Shamaim. 3948-5333
An Israeli restaurant and pub, one minute from Ekoda south exit. They serve falafel, humus, salads, stuffed pastries and soups, plus shish kebab and one or two other meat dishes. 50 seats; reservations recommended. The all-you-can-eat special is Y2,000. Open noon-midnight Saturdays and Sundays.
SunmapSakaecho 4-11, Art Bldg 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Kanda -- Al Mina. 5297-3789
Al Mina, Tokyo's only Palestinian restaurant, serves great Middle-Eastern cuisine and some decent Lebanese and Palestinian wines. The warm, inviting space includes a comfortable sofa area where hookahs can be enjoyed, a slightly fancier gold-themed dining area with a wall of mirrors, and a small stage where a Friday-night belly dance performance takes place. [Show more]
mapKanda Tacho 2-2-3, Genki Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Cafes, salad bars, other cuisines

Naka-Meguro -- Patisserie Potager. 6279-7753
If you love dessert but also love vegetables, this unique pastry shop is the place for you. Sample tempting creations like avocado cheesecake, buckwheat chai mousse, arugula jelly with black-sesame and soy-milk mousse, and daikon and yuzu mousse wrapped in chocolate. There's a twenty-seat open-air terrace cafe in front of the shop where you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee along with your vegetable-based sweets.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-44-9. Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.
Kichijoji -- Soybean Farm. 0422-21-0272
An interesting miso and miso soup restaurant, with seasonal dishes like kimchee nabe and several varieties of cabbage rolls. Many dishes are vegetarian.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-15-2. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Shibuya -- Spainzaka Nouen. 5456-6397
If you have a craving for more greens in your diet, check out the very vegetable-focused (though non-vegetarian) Y1280 lunch buffet here. On a recent visit we enjoyed bagna cauda-style steamed vegetables with a warm anchovy dip, a rich vegetable curry, three soups (including a "detox vegetable soup"), vegetable sticks with various dips, and taco rice (some assembly required). The drinks bar offers fruit juices, twelve kinds of tea, and espresso beverages from a self-serve machine. [Show more]
SunmapUdagawacho 15-1, Parco Pt. I, 8F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Hakusan -- Hinata Cafe. 3813-7003
Perched above an exit to Hakusan metro station, this charming neighborhood cafe seems to cultivate a deliberately bohemian atmosphere. Hey, is that a box of sweet potatoes plunked down right in the middle of the seating area? The food menu is surprisingly wide-ranging - pastas, pizzas, teppan-grilled meats and lots of vegetable dishes. Drinks include coffee, juices, cocktails, five kinds of shochu and Sankt Gallen beer.
SunmapHakusan 5-33-1 2F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
!Harajuku -- Sopra Sotto l'Ovest l'Est. 5771-0770
Managed by the folks who run the Kyoto restaurant Agaru Sagaru Nishi-Iru Higashi-Iru in the basement of this building, this casual wine bar offers value-conscious wines and simple Italian fare. Some of the best dishes on the menu are the salads and vegetable dishes, which are made with beautiful (and hard to find in Tokyo) Kyoto heirloom vegetables.
SunmapJingumae 3-25-8, Takeyama Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Ikebukuro -- Good Morning Cafe. 5954-8155
This department-store branch of the popular Sendagaya cafe serves Neapolitan-style pizzas, gourmet burgers, salads and lots of market-fresh vegetable dishes. Budget around Y1000 for lunch, Y2000 for dinner.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-11-1, Lumine Ikebukuro 8F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Harajuku -- Madosh Cafe. 3400-1188
Billing themselves as an "avocado cafe," this sprawling, comfortable space is filled with mismatched furniture and charmingly primitive artwork (or perhaps projects from a kindergarten art class). Eating utensils are nestled in empty Spam cans. We nearly tripped over a big shaggy dog asleep just inside the entrance. A DJ setup stands ready for the cafe's regular music nights and occasional art events. [Show more]
SunmapJingumae 5-28-7. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Sendagaya -- Good Morning Cafe. 5775-4800
Breakfast is served from 6am here, either in the vast living-room-style indoor space, the sprawling back garden area, or up front where you can watch foot traffic heading to and from Sendagaya station. In the evenings there's a casual cafe menu plus a range of cocktails, herbal liqueurs, inexpensive wines and microbrew beers from Kona Brewery in Hawaii. [Show more]
SunmapSendagaya 1-20-3. Open 6am-11pm daily.
Ebisu -- Asante Sana. 3791-2147
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. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapMeguro-ku, Mita 2-7-10-102. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Azabu-Juban -- Eat More Greens. 3798-3191
This "vegetable cafe and bakery" offers curries and pastas during the day and a wider evening menu, with vegetarian tapas, falafel platter, vegetarian pizzas and lasagna. The refreshingly large drinks list includes organic California wines (Bonterra), a couple of US microbrew beers, and even tequila. There's plenty of outdoor seating, although it can get smoky.
SunmapAzabu-Juban 2-2-5. Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; from 9am Sat, Sun) daily.
Nakano -- Good Morning Cafe. 5318-3222
A lively branch of the Osaka-spawned cafe chain, Good Morning Cafe Nakano draws a crowd of Meiji University students and other Nakano denizens with its salt-butter caramel waffles (from 8am), espresso beverages and gourmet burgers. In the evenings there's a casual dinner menu with lots of salads and vegetable dishes, along with budget wines. [Show more]
SunmapNakano 4-10-2, Nakano Central Park South 1F. Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
Kichijoji -- Rose Bakery. 0422-22-1506
Good breads, cakes and vegetable salads at this cute, plant-filled bakery-cafe inside the Atre shopping mall. Lunch options include a "plate of vegetables" and vegetable tarts with salad as well as burgers. They also have branches in London and Paris. Open from 9am on weekends.
no smokingSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji 1F. Open 8am-10pm daily.
Naka-Meguro -- Potager Marche. 6303-1105
Gorgeous vegetable bentos, deli-style dishes, soups, vegetable pastries and juices are all ready to take away at this deli-style branch of the nearby Patisserie Potager; there's also a small in-store cafe area if you want to eat here. The ten-piece vegetable nigiri sushi (Y1260) is a standout.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-18-13. Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- Sizzler. 3342-5814
If you have a sudden craving for baby corn, sliced beets and green goddess dressing, Sizzler still runs one of Tokyo's better salad bars, with plenty of options for vegetarians.
no smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 2-1-1, Mitsui Bldg. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kudanshita -- Chili Parlor 9. 3234-2309
Tokyo's only chili specialty restaurant, Chili Parlor 9 serves both meat and vegetarian variations (Y850-1050) as well as other bean-centered dishes and home-made sausages. The decor is rustic chic (weathered wood, burlap), the soundtrack is R&B, and there's both table seating and a pleasant front-window counter offering a view of Yasukuni Shrine. [Show more]
mapKudan-Minami 3-7-12. Open 8am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Suidobashi -- Sizzler. 5840-7331
The well-stocked salad bar is the main draw here, including all the beets and baby corn you could possibly want.
SunmapKoraku 1-3-61, Tokyo Dome Hotel 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Daiba -- Sizzler. 3599-4534
The all-you-can-eat salad bar is surprisingly varied, and still one of the better ones in town.
no smokingSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 5F. Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Yokohama Minato-mirai -- Sizzler. 045-222-5316
Sizzler offers a decent salad bar to go with your grilled meat or seafood main, although they're in competition with several buffet restaurants in the area.
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-2-1, Landmark Plaza 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!!Gaienmae -- Jap Cho Ok. 5410-3408
Jap Cho Ok serves up modern Korean cuisine that hasn't lost its bite, with an emphasis on herbs and spices and fresh, top-grade ingredients. The menu is large and diverse, with plenty of vegetarian items. [Note that the restaurant is located in the basement of a large modern building between Nishi-Azabu and Gaienmae, underneath some shops, and it's fairly difficult to find; readers regularly report that it's closed.] [See FULL REVIEW.]
latedecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 4-1-15, Alteka Belte Plaza B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.