With social distancing being the norm these days, eating in is the new eating out – hence we are all getting takeout now more than ever. While Tokyo has an abundance of restaurants serving beef bowls, katsu sushi and other meat-filled dishes, our vegan and vegetarian friends are somewhat left wanting with the limited meat-free choices in the city. So to get you started, here are a few vegan restaurants in Tokyo that are open for takeout right now.
New York City’s famous vegan burger joint does live up to its name. The signature Superiority Burger (¥800) will amaze you with its plant-based spicy patty that looks and tastes identical to any regular burger. Plus, with an additional ¥400, you can get a side of broccoli salad topped with garlic confit and paprika hot sauce as well as your drink of choice.
All the baked goods at Alaska Zwei are vegan, meaning no butter, milk, eggs or any animal-derived products. You’ll find everything from sweet to savoury, such as melonpan, chocolate cornets, cinnamon buns and scones. The bakery has quite a selection of creative pastries too; we particularly love the tofu katsu focaccia and avocado sandwiches.
The takeout menu at Sasaya Cafe changes weekly, but the bento boxes are packed with nutritional dishes that are perfect for those looking for a quick yet healthy meal. The bento boxes range from ¥1,100 to ¥1,350 while the salads and sandwiches will set you back around ¥800.
Since opening in the new Shibuya Parco late last year, this vegan izakaya has attracted a legion of fans with its tasty meatless reinvention of Japanese soul food. While Shibuya Parco is closed right now, you can still get Izakaya Masaka’s food for delivery.
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend the karaage (fried chicken) bento (¥900) which includes vegan karaage, rice, veggies, pickles and soup. The fried ‘chicken’ is cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside while the meat still retains its juices – and comes in five different flavours: Chinese black vinegar, Sichuan spicy hot, sweet and sour, radish with ponzu, or teriyaki with mayo.
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Cori. The vegan selection here ranges from grilled vegetable salad (¥1,350) and falafel plates (¥1,500) to soy nugget burgers (¥1,500) and Spanish jambalaya (¥1,200). The burgers and plate meals come with a side of freshly baked homemade fries.
Aside from its usual curries, burgers and rice bowls, this Harajuku cafe also offers a special stay-at-home set for ¥1,000, featuring three vegan side dishes that pair well with alcoholic drinks. The selection changes weekly but past dishes include carrots sautéed in coconut and spices, karaage fried ‘chicken’, hasselback potatoes and chili con carne.
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