Monday, March 4, 2013

Restaurant Review: Tokyo's Pure Cafe

After reading this glowing review of Pure Cafe on VegOut Tokyo, it was one of my top choices for restaurants to try in Japan. Located near the trendy Harajuku area, this stylish restaurant is all-vegan and shares a building with a hip Aveda salon. Read on for my full review of Pure Cafe.

  • Includes a small retail shop
  • Deli case with pre-cut baked goods and handmade chocolate
  • All vegan
  • Very fresh, healthy options
  • Utilizes some organic ingredients
  • Set meals available
  • A full meal can get expensive (drink, set meal, dessert)
I really enjoyed my visit to Pure Cafe. It is a very relaxing restaurant. It really feels like an oasis where you can sit and relax and eat very healthy, fresh food. While there are several vegetarian options in Tokyo, this vegan restaurant focuses more on grains and vegetables, not fake meats or "comfort" foods. They use some organic ingredients, which is also unusual in Japan (and more expensive to do than the U.S.). Their foods were tasty but also felt very wholesome. When I visited, I had been walking all day, and eating half of my meals at convenience stores (edamame and onigiri). Pure Cafe really filled me up and felt like a very satisfying and healthy way to recharge.

Two of my favorite items at Pure Cafe were the unfiltered apple juice and the chocolate bars in the cold case up front. The apple juice was excellent, and it had been hard to find that quality of juice other places. I had been in Japan about a week and was desperate for some chocolate when I discovered the chocolate bars at Pure Cafe. They were very rich and dark, with pure ingredients. I rationed it out over the next few days, savoring just a couple of bites per day.

Pure Cafe isn't too difficult to find, and is relatively close to many popular site in the Harajuku area. I was impressed by the quality of the food, and the prices, although high compared to the U.S., were very reasonable for Japan. It was refreshing to find the vegan shop as well, where I knew I eat anything they sold, even in the retail area. If you're in Tokyo, I highly recommend a visit to Pure Cafe.

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