Bonenkai, which literally means “forget the year party” (bo=forget, nen=year, kai=party), is a Japanese tradition that takes place around December each year. Typically celebrated with friends and coworkers, it’s a way to commemorate the past year and almost always involves heavy drinking and/or eating. This year, the Foodie Adventure team decided to have our very own mini Bonenkai to celebrate all of our (well, mainly Gizem & Jackie’s) accomplishments this year. We ate, we drank, we took photos. Lots of them.
Nakameguro is a trendy neighborhood just next to swanky Daikanyama. It’s a great place to just take a stroll, either along the Meguro River or through its small streets lined with cafes & shops. I always feel a bit of imposter syndrome when I go, pretending that I’m much more sophisticated and fancy than I really am. It is also home to some of my favorite places to eat in the city. Below are my top 3 (in no particular order).
1. T's Tan Tan (Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, Narita Airport)T's is your go-to, staple vegan food here in Tokyo. It is very popular, and rightfully so. T's provides reasonably priced vegan ramen, allowing you to try traditional Japanese food without any animal products. The vegan gyoza are delicious and crispy. They are smaller than most gyoza you will find and have a thinner, crispier shell. The gyoza contain veggies and soy meat and definitely tops the lists as a fan favorite.
Tokyo Vegan Restaurant of the Month: Olu Olu Cafe
People often ask me what some of my go-to restaurants are here in Tokyo. Not only tourists but locals are curious as to where they can find delicious vegan food that will not break the bank. Ever since I started going to Olu Olu Cafe two years ago, I have whole-heartedly been recommending it to anyone and everyone.