Vegetarians stranded in Roppongi have a new place to go with the opening of this branch of Nakaichi Soshoku Ten, a Taiwanese veggie restaurant in Kunitachi that's been going since 1986. Like its parent shop, Chien-Fu – whose fourth-floor location affords scenic views of the Shuto Expressway – sticks to the principles of Chinese vegetarian cuisine. Meat and fish are out, but so too are strong-smelling veg like onions, garlic and shallots. In their place, you get ample greens and a range of ingenious mock meats, made with soy, gluten, yuba and even konnyaku. It's all awfully healthy, though the flavours are considerably more robust than what you'd get at the average vegan or macrobiotic restaurant. The ¥950 weekday lunch sets – a choice of four dishes, such as mapo tofu or mock pork with cashew nuts, served with a choice of brown or white rice – are particularly good value.
|Venue name:||Chien-Fu Roppongi||Contact:|
4F Sai Bldg, 3-1-22 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
|Transport:||Roppongi Station (Hibiya, Oedo lines), exit 1B|
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Sorry, but the place is awful. I had some work to do in Roppongi that day, so I was rejoicing eating there.
I am quite often in China and Taiwan and like temple food with mok meat.
I was served a fried dish with no taste, half cold sauce, tired vegetables, a complimentary anondofu undiscribely ugly and a "taiwanese organic cafe" that was just plain bad cafe - and I feel reluctant to write it but have to, the biggest turn off was to hear the cook clearing his throat and spitting all the time while he was cooking my food (I came mid afternoon and was the only person in that restaurant).
I ran away after eating only a small portion of my dishes, and seriously I will avoid the place from now on, and was traumatized enough to think I should share the advice.