Although I despise Harajuku on principle (it’s too crowded and most of the shops are overrated tourist traps), I do sometimes visit a friend who lives there. One day, I was on my way back to the station and I noticed a sign proclaiming BURGERS!! so I checked to see if they had a veggie option. Much to my surprise and delight, Cafe Hohokam does, indeed, have an option for vegetarians! Their fresh vegetable burger does have cheese, though, and I am sure that the buns have some sort of milk product (butter?), so it is not for vegans.
Here is a picture of the Fresh Vegetable Burger with Mozzarella Cheese – vegetables are lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, avocado, and a relish, all served on a natural yeast bun that is made in-house. I thought it was pretty delicious, but the fries are nothing special.
Try it with a super rich strawberry shake! This shake is very thick and good, but it does have a bit of an odd flavor for those used to American milk shakes. Still, very yummy! I had already tried some in this picture – the cup came very full.
Address: 3-22-14 2F Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30-23:00 (LO 22:30)
Eat More Greens is a restaurant that I frequently visit for lunch. Although their lunch menu stays pretty much the same all year, I love the way that they change the dinner menu each season! I try to visit for dinner at least once each season to try their creative seasonal dishes, too. Sometimes I get lucky when I go for lunch and they have a seasonal dish on the menu. Today was one such lucky occasion!
This is mabo nasu, a Chinese-based stir fry with Japanese eggplant. Eat More Greens uses several types of Japanese mushrooms in their recipe and serves over brown rice. This was a really delicious early summer recipe!
Eat More Greens:
Address: Frenshia Azabu-Juban South 1F, 2-2-5 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Hours: Weekdays: 11:00-23:00
I love omu raisu! It is a great complete meal for lacto-ovo vegetarians, and there are so many great options. One of my favorite omu raisu restaurants is Pomme no Ki (ポムの樹), a common chain restaurant found in many department stores. Pomme no Ki is great because they are vegetarian-friendly! The ketchup fried rice they use has bacon in it, but all you have to do is say “bacon nashi onegaishimasu” and they will make it with no bacon for you! One thing to note is that there are several rice options… butter rice and ketchup rice are usual and sometimes there are limited menu items with special rice. I always get the ketchup rice without bacon.
During my last visit, there were some special menu items based on Italian food. I got the ketchup rice option of Italian Tomato, which had Italian tomatoes, baby leaf lettuce, avocado, and an Italian-based tomato sauce. So yummy!
Pomme no Ki, Kamata:
Address: GranDuo Kamata West Building 7F; 7-68-1 Nishi Kamata; Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0051
Hours: 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
Open every day that GranDuo is open