Vegetable-friendly restaurants
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Japanese

Harvest - Japanese: Ikebukuro
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.
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Harajuku
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...
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Gotanda
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). ...
Roppongi Nouen - Japanese: Roppongi
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...
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Roppongi Hills
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...
Nagamine - Japanese: Ginza
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...
No no Budo - Japanese: Marunouchi
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...
Daichi and Keats - Japanese: Otemachi
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...
Yasaiya Mei Ueno - Japanese: Ueno
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.
Daichi no Okurimono - Japanese: Ueno
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." ...
Aen - Japanese: Jiyugaoka
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...
Monte Roza Farm - Japanese: Kawasaki
The natural-foods buffet here is priced at Y2400 for dinner (two-hour limit) and Y1700 at lunch (ninety-minute limit), Y100 extra on weekends.
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Yokohama Sta.
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...
En - Izakaya: Akihabara
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...
Lo - Izakaya: Sangenjaya
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...
Crayon House - Japanese/health food: Omotesando
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...
Tane no Ie - Japanese/health food: Koshigaya Laketown
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...
Keke - Japanese/health food: Yokohama Minato-mirai
A natural-foods buffet with plenty of organic vegetable dishes. Weekend lunch is Y1900, dinner Y2400. Weekdays it's Y1700 and Y2200.

Japanese Curry

Yamituki Curry - Curry: Takadanobaba
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,...
Camp - Curry: Yoyogi
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.
Camp - Curry: Otemachi
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...
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Iidabashi
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...
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Jimbocho
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...
Chantoya Coconut Curry - Curry: Ogawamachi
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...
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Nakano
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...
Ka-Ku-Ra - Curry: Naka-Meguro
Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900.

Tofu Ryori

Ume no Hana - Tofu: Gaienmae
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900.
Sora no Niwa - Tofu: Shibuya
Good, inexpensive tofu dishes in a flashy setting. The decor is more exciting than the food, which is on the traditional side.
Tofuya Ukai - Tofu: Akabanebashi
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...
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Ginza
One of the fancier branches of this reliable tofu and yuba restaurant, convenient for Ginza shoppers.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Ueno
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.
Sasa no Yuki - Tofu: Uguisudani
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...
Kunimi - Tofu: Oshiage
Tofu-based kaiseki cuisine, accompanied by a close-up view of Tokyo Skytree. A lunchtime bento is Y2835, and kaiseki service is Y5250-12600.
Goenmon - Tofu: Hakusan
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...
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Kichijoji
Tofu and yuba specialties. Dinner from Y3600.

Shojin-ryori

Daigo - Shojin-ryori: Onarimon
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...
Itosho - Shojin-ryori: Azabu-Juban
Excellent, reasonably priced shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine). Lunch is Y6000, dinner Y8000-10,000.
Amane - Shojin-ryori: Akasaka
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...
Bon - Shojin-ryori: Iriya
Beautifully prepared temple cuisine. Lunch/dinner ranges from 7,000 - 10,000 yen.
Izuchiku - Shojin-ryori: Yoga
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...

South Asian

Spice Heaven - Indian: Nishi-Shinjuku
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.
Nirvana New York - Indian: Roppongi
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,...
Moti (TBS) - Indian: Akasaka
Another local branch of this popular Indian chain, with a good selection of vegetarian choices.
Dharmasagara - Indian: Higashi-Ginza
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...
Dipmahal - Indian: Yotsuya 3-chome
Above-average curries and tandoori dishes, at good prices.
Dipmahal - Indian: Hanzomon
Above-average Indian fare at reasonable prices from the Yotsuya-based mini-chain.

International and European

Restaurant I - International: Harajuku
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...
Kurkku Kitchen - International: Jingumae 2-chome
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...
Ivy Place - International: Daikanyama
"Global comfort food" in a lovely, beach-resort-style setting from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor team (Cicada, Beacon).
N_1155 - Mediterranean: Naka-Meguro
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...
A Ta Gueule Orient Express - French: Kiba
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...
Vegematto - Italian: Roppongi
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...
Ramukana - Swiss: Yotsuya 3-chome
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,...

Middle Eastern

Ta-im - Israeli: Ebisu
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,...
Shamaim - Israeli: Ekoda
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;...
Al Mina - Middle Eastern: Kanda
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...

Cafes, salad bars, other cuisines

Patisserie Potager - Bakery: Naka-Meguro
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...
Soybean Farm - World cuisine: Kichijoji
An interesting miso and miso soup restaurant, with seasonal dishes like kimchee nabe and several varieties of cabbage rolls. Many dishes are vegetarian.
Spainzaka Nouen - Eclectic: Shibuya
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...
Hinata Cafe - Eclectic: Hakusan
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...
Sopra Sotto l'Ovest l'Est - Wine bar: Harajuku
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...
Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Ikebukuro
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...
Madosh Cafe - Cafe: Harajuku
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). ...
Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Sendagaya
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...
Asante Sana - Cafe: Ebisu
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...
Eat More Greens - Cafe: Azabu-Juban
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...
Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Nakano
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),...
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Kichijoji
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...
Potager Marche - Cafe: Naka-Meguro
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...
Sizzler - American: Nishi-Shinjuku
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.
Chili Parlor 9 - American: Kudanshita
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...
Sizzler - American: Suidobashi
The well-stocked salad bar is the main draw here, including all the beets and baby corn you could possibly want.
Sizzler - American: Daiba
The all-you-can-eat salad bar is surprisingly varied, and still one of the better ones in town.
Sizzler - American: Yokohama Minato-mirai
One of the best (well, one of the only) salad bars in the neighborhood.
Jap Cho Ok - Korean: Gaienmae
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...