Top Five Vegan Meals In Tokyo
Tokyo has many good vegan restaurants, but which meals are the best?
It’s not always easy to know what to order at a restaurant, especially when everything sounds so good.
I’ve had the privilege of trying many of the best vegan restaurants in Tokyo, and have a few favorite dishes that I tend to order repeatedly.
To help make sure you are choosing the best of the best, below are the best vegan meals in Tokyo that I can happily eat time after time.
Superiority Burger –
New Japan Creation, potato coconut soup, and gelato
I have tried most of the items on their menu, and although everything is delicious, I definitely have my go-tos.
For the appetizer, you cannot go wrong with the potato coconut soup. It is one of the richest and most satisfying soups, filled with crispy potatoes and topped with chili oil and fresh herbs.
For the main course, get the New Japan Creation (pictured above). It is a delectably buttery burger filled with yuba, pickles, fresh herbs, and fried onions.
Once you’re done with the burger, you may want something sweet so it’s very convenient that Superiority Burger also has some of the best ice cream in town.
For 700 yen, you can get one scoop of each of their flavors. Flavors include strawberry, chocolate, coffee, rosemary, mikan, and pear. They change seasonally so they may be different every time you go!
Lunch course w/ abura soba
Every time I go, not only is the food amazing but the staff really makes sure that you have a great dining experience.
I like to go for lunch as you get a two-course meal for only 2000 yen.
It starts with a bean salad that comes in a fancy smoking cloche.
Next, the main– you can choose from a variety of noodles like tsukemen, ramen, or yakisoba. However, of all the ones I’ve tried, I especially love their abura soba that comes with fresh noodles, veggies, and flavorful oil that is then mixed around with everything, kind of like bibimbap.
You will feel like you are at a 5-star restaurant while paying 2-star prices.
Karaage lunch set
I had to include my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Hidamari Cafe, a small cafe in southern Tokyo.
I have come here on a weekly basis for the last 6 months, simply because the food is so high quality.
Every time I leave, I feel truly nourished and happy.
For lunch, you can choose either a plant-based or fish lunch set. All sets come with a main (for vegans it’s karaage or croquets), 2 or 3 choices of sides (these change daily), a bowl of brown rice, miso soup, and salad.
All the ingredients are local and organic as well.
My favorite is the karaage set. The karaage is lightly fried and well seasoned, and comes with a homemade vegan mayo.
I also absolutely love their miso soup, which is filled with various veggies like mushrooms, sweet potato, daikon, and carrots.
You can also stock up on vegan imported goods, local produce, and vegan cookies as they have a little market inside the cafe.
Ain Soph Ginza –
The pancakes at Ain Soph Ginza are definitely extra (and extra expensive), but oh my are they wonderful.
For around 2500 yen, you get two pancakes with whipped cream, 2 scoops of ice cream, an assortment of fruit, maple syrup, and jam.
The pancakes are– wait for it– heavenly. So fluffy, not too dense, and slightly sweet. And the toppings really make this a next-level meal.
Ain Soph is known for being a bit pricey, but I can honestly tell you that these pancakes are worth the money.
Premarche Gelateria –
Belgian chocolate w/ Dutch cacao, Uji matcha w/ ume
Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro is another one of my favorite places in the city, with its endless vegan flavors and fun seasonal options.
The gelato flavors are categorized as pure vegan (no honey), sorbet (only fruit and sugar, no fat), milk free (with honey), and milk based.
Some of the flavors are very interesting, such as the white miso vegan cheese, beets and amazake, or ninja.
I’ve tried many different flavors, but my favorites are definitely the Belgian chocolate and Uji matcha flavors.
The chocolate is so rich and deep, while the matcha is slightly sweet and earthy. The two balance each other out so well, it really hits the spot.
I hope you enjoyed this list of the best vegan meals in Tokyo, and that you will be able to try a few!
Let me know if I missed any of your favorites in the comments below.