Worried about being vegetarian or vegan while traveling in Japan? Worry no more!
Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean and beautiful washroom
Strong points: Vegan and vegetarian Cuisine possible any time, Izakaya gastronomy, local products, oden. Good list of sake, shochu and wines.
Time and again I have said that vegans and vegetarians would probably have their happiest times in Japan, at least for gastronomes, because this country, and especially Shizuoka with its mild weather and abundance of vegetables in all seasons, can provide all ingredients all year round whose traceability is easy to prove.
The above o-tooshi (お通し) is not vegetarian, but you aforementioned priorities will ensure it is.
There are many places in Shizuoka City and Prefecture offering alternatives to their omnivorous dishes for vegans and vegetarians who still want to enjoy their outing with friends with different priorities. One such place, and arguably the best at it, is Yasaitei in Tokiwa Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. Incidentally the owner/chef and staff are all ladies, but customers are certainly of both genders.
And here is one recommendation:
Vegetable sashimi plate. The above is the basic one, but you certainly may order for a bigger variety.
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Ice plant and celery
One thing all these vegetables have in common is that they are super fresh, crunchy, juicy and so tasty.
Tomatoes and daikon
Onion and shiso/perilla leaf
Simple but exquisite dressing made with higher-class sesame oil, rock salt and miso paste
For friends who like seafood: cod roe steamed and marinated in rice vinegar
Another “o-tooshi (お通し) snack served with the first drink
Lotus root/renkon/蓮根 in “kinpira” fashion. Such a satisfying crunch!
Grilled fresh shiitake (椎茸)
The shiitake were simply grilled and seasoned with soy sauce before being served over shiso/perilla leaves.
Freshly grated daikon and ginger were provided for further seasoning and enjoyment.
Surely one of the best ways to enjoy fresh shiitake
Mushrooms and fried tofu o-hitashi (お浸し) Japanese-style light appetizer
Maitake, tomato and spinach stir-fried in sesame oil and served with fresh coriander.
Maitake (舞茸) in English stands for mushrooms called Hen-of-the-Woods, Ram’s Head or Sheep’s Head.
Juicy and so tasty mushrooms
Note the coriander for beautiful balance in presentation and taste!
Mushrooms and mekabu/芽蕪/small turnips! If you are vegetarian or vegan just tell them not to top it with katsuo bushi
Steamed eringe (or eringi) (エリンゲ) known in English as king trumpet mushroom, French horn mushroom or king oyster mushroom.
The eringe were steamed together with fresh cucumber and served with freshly grated Shizuoka-grown wasabi.
|Address||Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-Cho, 1-6-2 Green Heights Wamon 1-C|
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-Cho, 1-6-2 Green Heights Wamon 1-C
|Opening Hours||17:30~22:00 (closed on Sundays)|
|Price Range||Set Courses: 3,000~5,000 yen A la Carte also available|