Our Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo
We had read mixed reviews about finding vegan food in Tokyo, but after consulting HappyCow we felt pretty confident about not ordering salads everywhere we went.
We had discovered that the macrobiotic diet was developed and popularized in Japan and this diet consists of predominately plant based foods so we knew that if we couldn’t find strictly vegan restaurants we could always visit a macrobiotics restaurant; but we didn’t seem to have a problem finding vegan restaurants in Tokyo.
We actually didn’t have enough time to visit all of the vegan restaurants in Tokyo, and to us that is a good problem to have!
Here is our top 5 vegan picks for Tokyo
T’S TAN TAN
T’s Tan Tan is located in Tokyo station so it is extremely convenient to stop by every time you might happen to be passing through, and we did-several times.
T’s is a completely vegan ramen noodle diner that is a must visit if you’re in Tokyo. Their soup bowls are huge and the ramen is incredibly tasty.
We lapped up several bowls of savoury ramen, spicy ramen, ramen with avocado and corn, soy meat ramen, and miso ramen.
We also tried their amazing massaman curry with brown rice, and their soy meat bowl with brown rice topped with pickled turnip.
We traveled a lot during our 15 days in Japan so we decided to become regulars at T’s Tan Tan.
Loving Hut is a vegan chain restaurant that started out in Taiwan. They are located all around the world and specialize in affordable vegan food.
Their motto is “Be Vegan, Make Peace” and that was enough for us to give them a try.
Set meals are a pretty big thing in Japan so Cody and I both ordered 2 lunch set meals. I went for the dim sum meal, and Cody ordered a kabayaki set.
Traditional kabayaki is eel split down the back, which doesn’t sound particularly tasty or kind, but Cody’s meal was quite tasty, and cruelty free.
The outer layer was brown and crispy, and it was tender on the inside. He also got a miso soup, pickled turnip, and a soy sesame pudding.
My meal was also quite large. It came with fresh spring rolls, a bamboo steamer with 2 steamed buns inside-one sweet bean, and one soy meat.
I also had an amazingly marinated bbq soy meat skewer, a soy meat croquet, a small salad, and a sort of stuffed dumpling, as well as the soy sesame pudding.
But we didn’t stop there. We also shared a slice of their coffee bread pudding.
We left full and happy. Definitely worth a stop at Suidobashi Station.
It’s Vegetable is a Taiwanese style restaurant that has close to 100 items on the menu. Most items are all vegan, and there are milk symbols next to the non vegan meals.
Cody and I sampled quite a few plates here.
Braised soy chicken with chili sauce, sweet and sour “pork”, braised eggplant with hot sauce, and tofu in spicy Chinese sauce. Every dish was extremely tasty.
We wanted to eat more but couldn’t find the room. The owner was also very lovely and helpful.
It’s Vegetable is located at Kinshicho Station.
T’s Vegetarian Restaurant is mostly plant based except for honey. They are a higher end trendy restaurant near Jiyugaoka station and worth the visit just for the vegan creme brulee.
We had quite a feast at T’s ordering a beautiful Japanese vegetable salad with lotus root, purple carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, turnips, and a mystery vegetable or two.
After the appetizer we tried the soy meat Hamburg with gravy and mushroom cream sauce, vegetable ramen, and another roasted soy meat bowl with brown rice.
And for dessert we thoroughly enjoyed our first vegan creme brûlée made with soy milk.
It was light and creamy like the dairy version, and the hard sugar layer on top was fun to crack, and even better to eat.
T’s was definitely a meal to remember in Tokyo.
Saishoku Kenbi is located in shinokubo, Tokyo’s Korea town. It is down a side street on the grounds of a Buddhist temple and has vegetarian and vegan set lunches.
Both Cody and I had the only option available as the 2nd was sold out.
We enjoyed a bento box with a variety of nibbles. Root vegetables, spaghetti and pesto, a fantastic salad topped with “tuna”, Hamburg with lotus root, pickled veggies, and miso soup. The food was so delicious and light.
We only wish we had visited a second time.
If you had any doubt that you would have trouble finding vegan food in Tokyo, not to worry, there are plenty of amazing options all over the city. So explore and enjoy!
For more info on exact directions to these restaurants you can check out HappyCow under Tokyo.