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Four Excellent Vegetarian Restaurants near Shinjuku Station

Mar 29, 2018

Vegan Cuisine is More than Just a Bowl of Salad!

As veganism and vegetarianism are not especially popular in Japan, people often say that Japan is a tough place for people who follow these diets to travel to. However, there has been an increase in the number of restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian dishes in Tokyo lately, and there is quite a variety available. In this article we will introduce you to four restaurants in Shinjuku that go beyond salads and serve delicious vegan or vegetarian versions of dishes such as ramen, curry rice, salisbury steak and more.

Halal and Vegan Ramen Restaurant - Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka

As indicated by the name, this ramen shop is located close to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. With 14 years of experience running a tsuke-soba (a type of ramen where the noodles and broth are served separately) restaurant in Yokohama, the owner was told by a friend a few years back about how much trouble an acquaintance from Malaysia had finding something to eat in Japan. After learning about halal food, the owner opened Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka, which has become quite popular, particularly among visitors from abroad.

When you enter the restaurant, you will need to purchase a food ticket from the vending machine. The names of the dishes are written in English, and the staff can speak English in case you need assistance.

All dishes are prepared using halal ingredients. There are also vegan options available. The vegan ramen includes an assortment of five vegetables and al dente ramen in a healthy vegetable broth.

The gozen ramen is a halal dish particularly popular among Muslim tourists. The red seabream broth has a touch of tomato for flavoring. It comes with grilled chicken, rice for ocha-zuke (rice with tea) and a couple of other small side dishes. This hearty meal will leave you satisfied!

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Halal & Vegan Restaurant Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka

Halal & Vegan Restaurant Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka has been visited by people from 110 countries, proving its popularity with visitors from overseas. The staff believes that everyone should be able to…

1-11-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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Monday–Thursday: 14:00–22:00
Friday: 17:00–22:00
Weekends, holidays: 12:30–22:00

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Mr. Farmer Shinjuku Mylord

Mr. Farmer is a vegetarian café that has become a popular topic in magazines and online. Located on Mosaic Street outside of the Shinjuku Mylord Department Store, this location is easy to get to from Shinjuku Station.

The cheerful interior is decorated with many decorative plants and the restaurant itself is quite lively. The menu is so extensive, you may find yourself lost in it! Mr. Farmer is particularly popular among women, and the all-you-can-drink water that comes in four natural flavors is highly recommended.

The bottom left picture in the above collage shows their quinoa and brown rice with vegan vegetable curry. Along with the superfood quinoa, this dish includes brown rice and loads of seasonal vegetables. You'll eat this rich green curry up before you know it!

Another recommendation is the vegan truffle cheeseburger. The deep truffle oil aroma is delightful, and the large portion is perfect for healthy appetites!

Also popular are their gluten-free options and their high-protein, low-calorie dishes created particularly for those on an athlete’s diet. Note that these menu selctions include dishes with meat for guests desiring a carnivorous element.

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Mr. Farmer (Shinjuku Mylord Branch)

Focusing on "food that will make you healthy and beautiful", Mr. Farmer (Shinjuku Mylord Branch) carries a variety of salads, sandwiches, and omelets that maximize the natural strengths of the ingredi…

Mosaic Street, Odakyu Shinjuku Mylord, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
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03-3349- 5731
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Located in Shinjuku 3-chome, AIN SOPH. Journey is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant. White walls and wood tones bring the chic interior together with a comfortable feel.

All menu items are made from plant-based ingredients. The pancakes are also free of animal-based ingredients and are a popular choice. The tiramisu-pudding combination served in a glass jar is a dessert that delights both the eye and the palate.

Not only the desserts but also the entrees are also completely vegetable-based. Pictured above are the vegetable soup lunch, the gluten-free pasta lunch and the fried chicken made from veggie meat. The vegetable soup is a classic made by simmering tomatoes with a number of sweet vegetables. The gluten-free Genovese style pasta lunch is an AIN SOPH. original. The simplicity and nutritional balance are two more excellent reasons to eat here.

There are many other innovative healthy dishes as well. Although a little far from Shinjuku Station, it is worth the trip. Oh, and don’t forget to try the delicious detox water!

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Ain Soph. Journey

Ain Soph. Journey is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant located in Shinjuku San-Chome. The menu items are all made strictly from vegetarian-friendly ingredients, and their pancakes made without any animal-…

B1 Level, 1st/2nd Floors, Shinjuku Q Building, 3-8-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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Lunch: 11:30AM–5:00PM (last order 4:00PM)
Fridays, Saturdays, days before holidays: 6:00PM–11:00PM (last order 10:00PM)
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00P

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AIN SOPH.ripple

Even a vegetarian might want a burger now and again. AIN SOPH. Ripple is a vegan burger shop located in Kabukicho that will satisfy that craving. Get authentic hamburgers, burritos, French fries and other greasy-spoon items without animal-based ingredients.

The classic Ripple Cheeseburger is pictured above. Mushrooms, soy meat and konjac are used to create the patty, which is then decorated with tomato and guacamole for a delectable dish!

What this vegan restaurant lacks in space it makes up in cheerful atmosphere. Plug in and connect to the Wi-Fi while you eat in, or get your order to go. AIN SOPH.ripple is popular among ex-pats and visitors from overseas, so the employees can speak English.

Another dish we recommend is the burrito made with a tortilla made in house and then stuffed with grilled soy chicken, salsa and jasmine rice. For something refreshing to wash it down with, the house iced lemonade is a must. For the dessert-minded, they also sell tiramisu in a jar and cookies.

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Ain Soph. Ripple

Ain Soph. Ripple is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant located in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku. Try a genuine vegan burger or burrito, or enjoy French toast made with coconut oil. There are plenty of oth…

1st Floor, Nissho Building, 2-46-8 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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Monday–Friday: 11:00–21:30
Weekends and holidays: 11:00–20:30

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Although it may be tough to find vegetarian dishes in Tokyo, there are still plenty of choices in the Shinjuku area! Stop by and check these restaurants out for yourself!