6 Healthy Eateries In Central Tokyo To Help You Stay Fit, Well And Satisfied
Healthy and delicious spots that offer Vegan, macrobiotic menus And More
Want to stay in good health this year but not give up on dining out? Make these six healthy restaurants in Omotesando you regular hangout spots then.
Dining out in Japan can seem daunting when you’re trying to stick to a new health plan. There are so many temptations — fried foods, refined grains, sugary desserts, and limited options that align with your goals. But if you don’t dine out, you feel like you’re missing out on enjoying social time, not to mention getting a much-needed break from cooking all of your meals at home.
Luckily, these six healthy restaurants in Omotesando are perfect for enjoying a great meal out with friends, worry-free. So if you are cautious of your health but still want to enjoy dining and wining out in the city, bookmark these spots and invite your friends there the next time you feel like eating out!
Located on the second floor of their reflexology spa and health-goods shop, this is the perfect place to go to if you’re looking to relax, reset, and refresh your body. Their vegan menu includes a macrobiotic plate dish, curry, salads, green smoothies, desserts, and more. A couple unique findings at the Sincere Garden Cafe are their blended herbal tea remedies, and also their homemade natural-yeast bagels that are optional to rice when ordering a lunch set.
Address: 3-5-4 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.
This fresh, modern venue produced by Elle Magazine is the place to be if you’re looking to keep up with the latest health trends. While they do have vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options, they also serve fish and other animal products on their menu which makes it the perfect place to go if you’re looking to experiment with more of a plant based-diet with a friend who is non-vegetarian.
The menu curator, Melissa King, was a finalist on the hit American TV show, Iron Chef. You’ll find fresh ingredients and unique, American-style healthy meals like coconut yogurt parfaits, veggie burgers with a matcha bread bun, and more. They also have a deli where you can take out some lunch items, find fresh juices for a cleanse, a variety of sweets, and also their delicious COYO coconut yogurt.
Address: 1･2F, La Porte, 5-51-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (open from 8 a.m. on weekends)
If you’re new to macrobiotics, then Hanada Rosso is the best place to visit to transition into a new way of eating. They use traditional macrobiotic concepts focusing around brown rice and yin and yang food balance, but with a mix of Japanese and western foods like burger patties, dorias, curries, and more. They have one of the best veggie burger patties I’ve tried, resting on a fun little bed of spaghetti.
If it’s your first time to the venue, it might be a little hard to find at first. It’s nestled on the ground floor of an office building on one of the back streets in the Harajuku area. Definitely a hidden gem!
Address: 6-28-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
If you’re looking for a place with fantastic smoothies, look no further. Trueberry has a wide variety of drinks from their organic cleansing juices all the way to their thick, chocolatey, superfoods-infused smoothies. While many of the concepts around their smoothie-making comes from western trends, what makes Trueberry unique is that they also include Japanese health ingredients like amazake (traditional sweet, low- or non-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice) and kuzu (natural starch used in Japanese cooking as a thickener).
The venue is small so it’s a great spot if you’re looking to have a casual lunch at a counter seating. Their lunch menu offers fermented rice and vegetable pulp soup, two key items that are prepared carefully to make the most of the nutrition and add a flavor punch. For a quick snack, the restaurant also offers other amazing options such as chickpea flour chocolate sandwich cookies, and the delicious kuzu pudding.
Address: 3-10-25 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
If you’re looking to eat healthily but you’re not interested in delving into alternative foods, Yasaiyamei is the best place to start. Located on the 3rd floor of the sophisticated Omotesando Hills, Yasaiyamei offers some of the most delicious vegetables you can find, all coming straight from their organic farm. Their traditional Japanese meals have a lot of volume and wide variety of vegetables infused in every bite, spanning from tofu burger patties to vegetable curry and more.
With its dark and stylish interior, this is the perfect place to go if you’re having a sophisticated shopping day or if you’re looking to go on a healthy date. They also have some amazing drink mixes made from their farm ingredients, such as their freshly grated homemade ginger ale.
Address: 3F Omotesando Hills, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (until 10:30 p.m. on Sundays)
Brown Rice Cafe is one of the most traditional macrobiotic restaurants you’ll find. This vegan restaurant offers Japanese-style meals with organic ingredients and minimal seasonings to bring out the natural flavors of the fresh vegetables. Only open for lunch and tea time, their menu includes a steamed vegetable set, curry plate set, or one seasonal set. From 3 p.m. until closing, they offer tasty sweets like their tofu lemon cake and tofu ice cream.
The restaurant is in collaboration with Neals Yard Remedies, so make sure you stop by both stores to benefit from discounts and have an overall relaxing, self-care experience.
Address: 5-1-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 18:00
If you’re starting out your 2018 health journey and are looking for places to dine — or, if you’re feeling limited with your own food options at home, these restaurants will inspire you with their tasty meals to be healthy year round.