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There are plenty of places to find meat and potatoes, or fish and rice, but where do you go for vegetables? Here are a few restaurants where vegetables, beans and mushrooms occupy more than just a token place on the menu.

(Note: This is not intended to be a list of vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Please check the Happy Cow website if that's what you're looking for.)

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There are plenty of places to find meat and potatoes, or fish and rice, but where do you go for vegetables? Here are a few restaurants where vegetables, beans and mushrooms occupy more than just a token place on the menu.

(Note: This is not intended to be a list of vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Please check the Happy Cow website if that's what you're looking for.)

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Potatoes

Gau's - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open tpm-1:30am (LO; Fri, Sat -3:30am). Closed Mondays.
Notable for their late-night hours, Gau's offers a handful of US craft beers on tap from breweries like Lost Coast, Rogue and Left Hand, with three-part tasting flights a popular option. They only...
Open tpm-1:30am (LO; Fri, Sat -3:30am). Closed Mondays.
Potato Cream - Cafe: Jiyugaoka
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Mashed potatoes topped with pasta-style cream sauces - that's the rather unique offering at this tiny food stand. There are five choices of sauce, in variations like seasonal-vegetable curry and...
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
And The Friet - Dutch: Hiroo
Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
It's a restaurant (well more of a stand, really) devoted to French fries, served with various dips (basil mayonaisse, chili sour cream, avocado) and side dishes like pork sausage, chili con carne and...
Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
Malins - British: Roppongi
Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Gourmet "chip shop-style" fish and chips is the specialty here, and the chips are especially well prepared. Boxed sets of fish, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) are priced Y1300-1500, and...
Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Malins - British: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-9pm daily.
Gourmet "chip shop-style" fish and chips is the specialty here, with boxed sets of cod, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) priced Y1300-1500. They also serve a variety of pies - beef and...
Open 11:30am-9pm daily.

Deli-style salads

High Five Salad - Deli salads: Edogawabashi
Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
"Step out of your comfort zone" reads the sign in front of the shop. Yes, it's another salad bar with a slogan and an accompanying manifesto. The salads are pretty good though, some focusing on...
Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Cosme Kitchen Adaptation - Deli salads: Ebisu
Open 10am-10.30pm (LO) daily.
The organic salad bar here includes a selection of vegetable-centered deli items, and is priced at Y1980 per person for all you can eat. Other menu choices include burgers and sandwiches, pastas and...
Open 10am-10.30pm (LO) daily.
Green Brothers - Deli salads: Ebisu
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Yes, it's another salad specialty shop, offering a variety of themed salads (Mexican Beef, Coriander Addict), seasonal salads (Gazpacho Greens), custom-order salads and soups. Custom salads give you...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
We Are the Farm - International: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Why yes, this restaurant does have a manifesto - it's painted on the outside walls and front door. There's also a collection of farm tools decorating the entrance, reminding diners that this is,...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.

Cafes, salad bars, other cuisines

Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Madosh Cafe - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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). ...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Nakano
Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
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),...
Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
Sizzler - American: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
If you have a sudden craving for baby corn, sliced beets and Green Goddess dressing, Sizzler still runs one of Tokyo's best-stocked salad bars.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sizzler - American: Suidobashi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The well-stocked salad bar is the main draw here, including all the beets and baby corn you could possibly want.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sizzler - American: Daiba
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
The all-you-can-eat salad bar is surprisingly varied, and still one of the better ones in town.
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Sizzler - American: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

International and European

Ivy Place - International: Daikanyama
Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
"Global comfort food" in a lovely, beach-resort-style setting from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor team (Cicada, Smokehouse).
Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
Bills - Australian: Futako-tamagawa
Open 8:30am-8pm (LO) daily.
Known in Tokyo for their Australian-style gourmet breakfasts, Bills also offers a creative menu of modern, casual international cuisine. The spacious dining room is attractively decorated and quite...
Open 8:30am-8pm (LO) daily.
A Ta Gueule Orient Express - French: Kiba
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
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...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.

Japanese

Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Harajuku
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Gotanda
Open 11am-11pm (lunch to 3pm) daily.
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). ...
Open 11am-11pm (lunch to 3pm) daily.
Gochiton - Japanese: Otemachi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Tonjiru - pork miso soup - is the main dish here and it's very tasty soup indeed. Packed with tofu and fresh vegetables (carrots, daikon, onions and leeks), it's got a pleasantly creamy consistency...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Daichi no Okurimono - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
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." ...
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Soybean Farm - Japanese: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A long-running miso specialty shop, Soybean Farm serves miso-based cuisine in their cozy dining room and carries artisanal miso paste in the retail shop up front. Miso katsu is the standout dish in...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Aen - Japanese: Jiyugaoka
Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Healthy seasonal vegetable-centered cuisine is the concept here, with salads, charcoal-grilled vegetables, tempura and original dishes. One of the specialties is vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum two...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Harvest - Japanese/health food: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Harvest - Japanese/health food: Tachikawa
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
The well-balanced, mostly Japanese buffet at this all-you-can-eat restaurant features a good number of healthy vegetable dishes among the sixty or so different buffet choices.. There are also ...
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Keke - Japanese/health food: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
A natural-foods buffet with plenty of organic vegetable dishes. Weekend lunch is Y1900, dinner Y2400. Weekdays it's Y1700 and Y2200.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.

Japanese Curry, Soup Curry

Yamituki - Curry: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-11:45pm daily.
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,...
Open 11:30am-11:45pm daily.
Clove - Curry: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Vegetable-centered Japanese-style curry rice is the specialty at this highly rated counter shop. The four varieties on offer are onion (with chicken or shrimp), lamb with onion, chickpea keema, and...
Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Yamituki - Curry: Iidabashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Chantoya Coconut Curry - Curry: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
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...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
Jinenjo - Curry: Nippori
Open 11:30am-4, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Japanese curries made with medicinal herbs are the specialty here, and while we can't vouch for any possible health benefits, we can confirm that they're at least very tasty. We enjoyed an excellent...
Open 11:30am-4, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Yamiyami Curry - Curry: Nakano
Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
Kakura - Curry: Naka-Meguro
Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900. They often run out, so call ahead or have a backup plan.
Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Rojiura Curry Samurai - Soup curry: Kagurazaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
It's easy to get your daily ration of vegetables at Rojiura, with tasty soup curry bowls that incorporate up to twenty different seasonal vegetables, all of them listed on the dining-room blackboard...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Cosmos - Soup curry: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Among the half dozen or so soup curry shops in Shimo-Kitazawa, Cosmos is one of the most vegetable-focused. Soup curries are loaded with up to twenty different vegetables, along with main...
Open noon-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Rojiura Curry Samurai - Soup curry: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Samurai offers some of the most customizable soup curries in town with their "Samurai Matsuri" bowls, which let you choose three or four main ingredients from the thirty or so options available on...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.

Tofu Ryori

Sorano - Tofu: Shibuya
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Tofuya Ukai - Tofu: Akabanebashi
Open 11am-3, 3-8pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-3, 3-8pm (LO) daily.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Ginza
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
One of the fancier branches of this reliable tofu and yuba restaurant, convenient for Ginza shoppers.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Ueno
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Kunimi - Tofu: Oshiage
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tofu-based kaiseki cuisine, accompanied by a close-up view of Tokyo Skytree. A lunchtime bento is Y2835, and kaiseki service is Y5250-12600.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Kichijoji
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Tofu and yuba specialties. Dinner from Y3600.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.

Shojin-ryori

Shojin-ryori is traditional Buddhist vegetable-centered cuisine (although not necessarily strictly vegetarian). Call ahead for reservations.
Daigo - Shojin-ryori: Onarimon
Open noon-3pm, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
Top-class vegetable-centered temple cuisine. Lunch 10-12,000 yen, dinner 14-18,000 yen.
Open noon-3pm, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
Sougo - Shojin-ryori: Roppongi
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm, 10pm-5am (LO). Closed Sundays.
This specialist in shojin-ryori (vegetable-based Buddhist temple cuisine) is owned by the same family as the legendary Daigo shojin restaurant, but the atmosphere is much more casual and the prices...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm, 10pm-5am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bon - Shojin-ryori: Iriya
Open from noon and from 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Beautifully prepared temple cuisine. Lunch/dinner ranges from 7,000 - 10,000 yen.
Open from noon and from 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Qibao Malatang - Szechuan: Iidabashi
Open 11:30am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
Qibao serves only one dish - spicy Szechuan-style soup with glass noodles. The soup is infused with a blend of medicinal herbs, and to keep things interesting there are dozens of optional extra...
Open 11:30am-10:45pm (LO) daily.

South Asian

Spice Heaven - Indian: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The Y1000 lunch buffet has only four curries, but they're above average in quality. Mondays are all vegetable curries at this branch of the Maharaja chain.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Erick South Masala Diner - Indian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm). Closed Tuesdays.
This third Tokyo branch of the excellent South Indian restaurant chain is quite a bit fancier than the first two - there are booths and real dining tables as well as counter seats, and the...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Nandhini - Indian: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
With its massive, wide-ranging menu of South Indian cuisine, Nandhini offers a very different experience from your typical Tokyo Indian restaurant. The bread menu alone has sixteen items, and there...
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Erick South - Indian: Yaesu
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Erick South specializes in dishes from southern India, and serves up some of our favorite budget curries in Tokyo. Curries and side dishes are all distinctively flavored, and the quality is a few...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Dipmahal - Indian: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Above-average curries and tandoori dishes, at good prices.
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Middle Eastern

Ta-im - Israeli: Ebisu
Open 11am-3:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
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,...
Open 11am-3:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Ta-im - Israeli: Marunouchi
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Falafel, hummus, babaganoush, Israeli salads and pita sandwiches are the specialties at this casual office-building basement shop. Lunches come with soup plus either a pita sandwich or platter with...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Shamaim - Israeli: Ekoda
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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;...
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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Updated 2023-09-05