Eat More Greens

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
Phone: 03-3798-3191
Hours: Weekdays: 11:00-23:00
             Weekends: 9:00-23:00

Brown Rice Cafe

With the Obon season upon us, I have had no time to post. Still, I have collected lots of pictures and over the next few days will post all my yummy eating experiences.
This was quite a while ago – August 6. My friend and I decided to meet at the Brown Rice Cafe in Omotesando, and my husband tagged along. At lunch time, there are few men in the Cafe, but he didn’t mind! The Brown Rice Cafe has lots of really good drinks, food, and desserts.

My friend got the Detox Juice. I was skeptical about taking a picture of it, as it really doesn’t look too yummy, but after a while I relented as she told me that it is really too tasty. According to the online menu, this healthy juice is made from green leaves, fennel, and peppermint along with extracts of milk thistle and dandelion.

My friend got the Tempeh Wrap as her meal. This looked really yummy, and she told me that the look couldn’t compare to the taste! I highly recommend that you try this if you can. The tempeh is served with lettuce and miso to wrap it, miso soup, and brown rice topped with black sesame.

My husband and I had a hard time deciding what to get: we had decided to taste each others, of course! Finally, he decided on the Daily Special, which is served with brown rice, miso soup, and a choice of drink. That day, the special was especially tasty: fresh salad with a homemade dressing, small cold veggie salads, and tofu grilled with miso.

Here is a close-up of the Daily Special.

I finally decided to go with the Bean and Vegetable Curry. This comes with Japanese pickles, brown rice, and salad. I absolutely recommend this – lots of taste, good protein, and the pickles really complement the curry well.

Overall impression: This restaurant is very, very good. I highly recommend it for anyone who is a vegan, or even for meat eaters who are looking for a super healthy meal with your vegetarian friends!
Brown Rice Cafe:
Address: Green Building 1F, 5-1-17 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Phone: 03-5778-5416
Hours: Sun-Sat 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM (L.O. 8:00 PM)

Tofu – the Japanese macho food!

My husband LOVES tofu! I am not such a big fan of it unless it is in a dish. He eats it with just soy sauce… you should try it, at least!!
I am sorry to say that tofu has a bad rep in the US. Tofu is for women and those wimpy vegetarians, right?! Not in Japan!!
This is Otokomaedofu – “Studmuffin Tofu”. Only the manliest men can eat this tofu! It is actually quite good, but I still prefer my tofu cooked a dish with other stuff.
The tofu pictured below is not made by Otokomaedofu, but by a company owned by the Otokomaedofu owner’s father.
Still, the best website to check out for Otokomaedofu is www.otokomae.jp. Funny flash website, and even has an English story about tofu. Check it out!

Kho Rin Bo

This would be 7/4/09. We visited a restaurant that my mother-in-law had recommended back at Christmas time, but that we hadn’t had time to visit. It is a vegetarian place run by a Buddhist Taiwanese lady in Nakano Broadway. The name of the restaurant is Kho Rin Bo. We both really liked our food – very cheap, too!!

This is the only dish that I took a picture of, as we were both so hungry that we devoured our food before remembering to take pics!! Oops, sorry! Anyway, this is a noodle soup with veggies, pickles, and textured protein on top. The pickles were absolutely delicious! It is called luo han tang mian, after a Buddhist spiritual practitioner name Luohan (Arhat in Sanskrit).At Kho Rin Bo we also ate a cutlet made of mushrooms and veggies, made to taste like meat. Also we had “fish” made from tofu and nori seaweed. Some great springrolls and wholegrain stirfried rice noodles, too. Altogether, fabulous!

Kho Rin Bo:
Address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano Broadway 2F, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001 JAPAN

Google Maps: 東京都中野区中野5-52-15
Phone: 03-3385-7005
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (but it is often closed often due to the fact that the owner is the sole operator. Please call ahead.)
English Website: http://www.bwy.jp/ (for Nakano Broadway, no Kho Rin Bo website)

Sizzler Japan

Last night Hubby and I went to Sizzler in Shinjuku. As always, it was fabulously delicious!

This first picture is of the purely “salad” salad I ate – tomatoes, beets, baby corn, mixed lettuce, bean mix, carrots, eggs all with italian dressing. YUM!!

Here is the cold salad plate that I made for myself: baby okra, shredded carrots with summer oranges, coleslaw, kabocha salad, a potato salad with walnuts – just to name a few!! Too delicious to express!

NOTE: Since there are many options, I tagged this as vegan, lacto-ovo, and contains broth.

Sizzler (Shinjuku):
Address: 2-1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Mitsui Building 2F, Shinjuku-ku JAPAN

Google Maps: 東京都新宿区西新宿2-1-1
Phone: 03-3342-5814
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 AM-11:00 PM; LO: 10:00 PM