Monday, 24 January 2011

japan iv: pure cafe, tokyo

I had this great plan! We were all settling in to our next hostel, and then we were going to go on an adventure, for vegan noms. Alas, after we navigated our way to Loving Hut in Shinjuku (just near the Yotsuya Sanchome Station), we discovered that it was randomly closed just for the evening! Fortunately, though we were tired and it was dark, I had developed a backup plan: Pure Cafe, located inside the Aveda store in Minami Aoyama, very close to Omotesando Station.

Pure Cafe is this tiny little vegan cafe which does breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and also sells some groceries and vegan canvas bags (as well as some vegan yoga gear).

The menu is not extensive, but it is delicious. Each day there is on offer about six or seven dishes, and you get to pick about three of them, depending on which option you go for. They also sell some delicious cakes for take away, which I did, stocking up on fig cake and banana cake to take to DisneySea the next day.

set plate at pure cafe

I went for the daily deli plate, which was 1500円. I selected the crumbed tempeh, with the enchilada and the minestrone soup. This came with brown rice and a fresh salad. This whole selection was amazing. The crumbed tempeh was made specially (as Josie had requested it nut free, and it is apparently usually almond crumbed), and it was very delicious. The batter went perfectly with the tempeh flavour. The enchilada was filled with a tomato and avocado and bean salsa, and was similarly amazing. The minestrone was also really good, made even better when I mixed my rice in to it.

This was a good meal, and the service was lovely, though I found the smell of all that soap whilst eating to be a little distracting

Pure Cafe
5-5-21 Minami-Aoyama, Minato

Omotesando Exit B3
Go left out of the exit (heading down Aoyama Dori), then take the first left down a little street (but not a tiny alley).


Hannah said...

Fig cake! Oh, how I do want that! I also love the variety of different items on your plate. Crumbed tempeh and an enchilada? Why not?

Johanna GGG said...

that meal looks so good - I love thta you had a back up plan - what organised travel - I am so used to roaming the streets in frustration on my travels when I can't find anything decent to eat

HayMarket8 said...

Looks great! It sure sounds like you are having a great time!

steph said...

Hannah I loved the variety! I thought it was lots of fun.

Johanna I am not usually so organised, but finding places to eat was hard (and navigating Tokyo was also quite difficult) so I wanted to make sure to have a contingency plan!