Looking for vegan or vegetarian food in Shizuoka? Look no further!
Service: Very friendly although a bit shy!
Equipment: Great overall cleanliness. Excellent washroom
Strong points: Seasonal vegan menus. Healthy rice flour cakes. Mainly local products including a lot of organic vegetables
When Shigeyuki Aoshima (青島茂幸) (40) and his wife Hiroko (寛子) (38) opened Locomani in Takajo Machi, Shizuoka in June 2008 they were on a mission: create healthy food for all and mainly from regional products.
At first they served vegetarian and omnivorous meals, but later moved to vegetarian food only to finally offer exclusively vegan gastronomy last year.
Their restaurant/cafe is a very cozy place all wood and country decoration, a warm place to enjoy slow food at lunch or early dinner or a little haven for a quiet drink and a book or friend.
My favorite seat at the counter along the kitchen
Their menus are exclusively seasonal thanks to their many farmer friends and the mild climate of Shizuoka allowing for a steady supply all year round. Instead of lengthy explanations the following pictures I took over the years should give you a good idea of what you can enjoy there.
Vegetarian kuruma-fu no katsu/車麩のカツ lunch set. The katsu/cutlets are vegetarian and served with an apple and miso sauce.
Organic vegetables curry set, which is practically vegan as they use coconut milk
Vegan/vegetarian lunch set with a few intriguing ingredients
Boiled kabocha pumpkin and konyaku/elephant’s foot tuber jelly
Vegetable and tofu miso soup and 3-year old organic tea
Another Lunch set
Crunchy and juicy deep-fried vegetable Imperial rolls
Rice can be either plain white or genmai/whole. Try the combination of the two!
The whole concept is vegan, although the “soy bean meat” really looked, tasted and crunched like meat. Absolutely yummy!
Apple and walnuts pound cake made with rice flour for the finishing touch.
|Address||420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-10-6|
|Access||[map]420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-10-6[/map]|
|Opening Hours||11:30~20:30 (closed Sundays)|