Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Restaurant Reviews: Eat More Greens

On the last day in Tokyo, we went to Eat More Greens for dinner. It's close to Azabu-juban station, but could easily be walked to from Roppongi.

The restaurant is modeled after a New York eatery.

They also sell seasonal produce out front! Recently, they've also started selling all vegan bread at a case near the register. I had the rosemary and salt focaccia with my dinner and it was delicious! The breads can be taken out, as well.

The inside also resembles a restaurant from back in the states. It was a really cozy atmosphere that, vegan or not, makes you want to come in for a meal.

Ok, onto the food! The menu changes with the season and we were there for the spring menu.

Like I said before, I ordered the focaccia and it came with a side salad. For 400 yen it was definitely worth the benefit it brought to my meal.

I apologize, the lighting inside the restaurant was not so good. I ordered the Genovese pasta with spring cabbage. This was a big portion, which I appreciated, since many of the trendy veggie restaurants I've been to in Japan, tend to give very tiny portions. This was just enough food to feel full, but not ill. The bread was the perfect side to soak up all the extra pesto.

Our friend ordered the taco rice, which I only got a terrible picture of. Our food looked so yummy, we took the pictures in a hurry. Taco rice is a dish, that as far as I know, is from Okinawa. Okinawa has a large American military presence and as such, has many foods that have been influenced from American tastes. So taco rice is like a taco served over rice. I've never seen a vegan version of this anywhere else and so it was my first time having it. She said it tasted just like the original and was very good. I also liked it.

Sarah ordered the coconut curry with seasonal vegetables. Again, I didn't get a good picture. This was also very tasty.

For dessert, I was too full to order anything and they didn't do take out. I wish I'd brought my own container, because it looked amazing, there was just no way I could squeeze anything else in before having to ride a train for 2 hours. The cheesecake is not vegan, which I was very disappointed by because the it looked so good and seemed like it could have easily been vegan. Our friend got that and said it was very good. Sarah got the chocolate cake. And if you heard the noise she made as she put it in her mouth, you'd know it was amazing.

Each of our entrees were 1200 yen, so really not an expensive dinner. Also, there menu is quite big, which is again unusual for a vegan restaurant in Japan. They also have an extensive appetizer menu. Now that it's warming up, you might want to go and sit out on the patio. They open at 11:30 and stay open until 11 at night.


This place was awesome! It a very hip but inviting atmosphere. And seriously, that cake was aaaaammmmaaaaaazing. I almost had an orgasm... almost ;)

Here's some more pictures for your viewing pleasure:

My spring vegetable and coconut curry

The mouth orgasm cake :)

The aftermathThe inviting decor

I would gladly travel back to Tokyo just to go to hang out at this restaurant again. Which is just as well considering that eating here meant that we had to ditch our suitcases at our friend's house so we could catch the shinkansen back to Shiga, haha. Yes, we spent weeks deciding on restaurants to visit but we didn't think to check when our last train home was..... But Eat More Greens was the perfect end to a great weekend.

And remember:

-- Sarah


Liz² said...

I just want to say I love your blog! It's great to know there are vegan options even in japan (I mean, of course there are, but nice that they have focaccia!). Is it hard to avoid the bonito?

Pamela & Sarah said...

Thanks! Let us know if you are ever coming over! We are building a vegan army. We have 4 members...lol

Anyway, bonito is not that hard to avoid if you can read the kanji (鰹、かつお、カツオ). I think that is the main ways it's written. As for at restaurants, I guess you just get used to knowing what kinds of foods it's typically in, such as miso soup and other soup stocks.