6 Of The Best Salad Restaurants In Tokyo
Gone Are The Days When Salad Was Just Plain Greens
Any restaurant can serve salads, but these places take your greens to a whole new level.
As summer days in Tokyo are getting hotter and hotter, what better way to cool down than indulging yourself in some fresh, colorful and healthy salad? If you feel like having a break from your ordinary diet or are looking for a place to get a full portion of a nutritious bowl of goodies, check out the following restaurants where salads are more than just ordinary greens!
Good Life Factory (Minami-Aoyama)
Over the past few years, the number of farm-to-table restaurants in Tokyo has been rapidly increasing. Good Life Factory is the perfect example of this growing healthy trend, which in this case, takes the shape of a salad diner. This restaurant offers nine delicious signature salads (and a number of seasonal creations), each created to tackle a certain health condition or cater to your preferences. For instance, if you’re in need of a quick internal cleansing, opt for their Detox Caesar (¥980). If you want the perfect skin, the Glowing Skin (¥1,180) salad will sure do wonders. Need a dose of energy? Their Power Charge quinoa mix (¥1,820) or Iron Girl green salad (¥1,580) might be just what you need. Of course, you can also customize your own delicious bowl, too!
In addition to their wonderful salads, you can also try delicious hummus (¥300), pita sand (¥550/half) or tapas (from ¥300). When it comes to drinks, Good Life Factory offers healthy refreshments that perfectly match your meal — including the popular Beauty Mix juice (¥500 for small size), an incredibly tasty green mix with a touch of kale that will instantly make you feel fresh.
Where: 1F HT Minami-Aoyama Bldg. III, 7-11-4 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Crisp Salad Works (Azabu Juban)
Craving a clean, light and delicious meal? This salad bar in the heart of Tokyo, offers a great variety of chopped salads and grains to choose from. If you are not satisfied with their standard menu (which includes our absolutely favorite Cal-Mex, ¥1,260, and The Hipster, ¥1,330), you can let your imagination flow and customize your own salad, and even choose vegan or gluten-free options.
This fresh fast food is also an English-friendly one, where the staff are fully bilingual and the menu is available in English. The restaurant has a fun, laid-back atmosphere and you’ll even spot a few people concentrating on work or simply reading a book. If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy your salad, however, they also do take outs and delivery — and offer a new app through which you can order your goodies in advance to cut the line!
Where: 1-10-10, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Closed on the third Monday of every month (unless it’s a holiday).
Other locations: Hiroo, Daikanyama and other. (See website for more details)
Green Brothers (Ebisu)
Green Brothers is a café that specializes in New York-style salads. These colorful and nutritious salad bowls are famous for their carefully selected ingredients which add a sophisticated and quite varied flavor to each one of their dishes. From classic options such as Caesar salad to season salads like Marine Marlin, here you’ll never find two salads that taste the same.
Green Brothers’ salad bar also allows you to get creative and DIY your salad by choosing from tons of different toppings, among which healthy Japanese bites like tofu and wakame. Every salad is served with a slice of bread and you can also order soup as a side dish. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
All salads are named in English here, but the ingredients are only listed in Japanese at the stores. The names can give you an idea of what’s inside, but if you want to know more, simply ask the friendly staff — they all speak English fluently and are always ready to help! Eat in, take out and delivery options available.
Where: 1-9-7 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Closed Sundays and national holidays.
Other locations: Azabu-juban, Otemachi, Roppongi (See website for more details)
This Japanese tossed salad specialty store (the very first in Japan, in fact!) located in the busy Otemachi area is perfect for hardworking people who prefer on-the-go meals and need an energy boost. It is also a more affordable choice compared to other upscale salad chains around town, since their regular sized dishes cost about ¥750. Saladice’s slogan is “Fresh Fast Fabulous” and they sure live up to those standards. Vegetarian-only options are available and you can keep track of your food intake, since all their dishes include calorie count.
Where: 1F Shin-Tokyo Bldg.,3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Open: Weekdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Other locations: Hibiya, Otemachi, Takebashi
Mr. Farmer (Omotesando)
Mr. Farmer is one of the most popular farm-to-table restaurants in Tokyo which operates under the concept of “beauty and health made from the food.” All their salads, bread, omelets and cold-pressed juices are carefully handcrafted from fresh vegetables direct-delivered from local Japanese farmers. Their menu is perfectly suited for vegans, gluten-free dieters and athletes since there are plenty of high-protein dishes and low-calorie options to choose from — and they are really delicious (except for the desserts, perhaps…excuse our honesty).
Mr. Farmer also offers a complimentary water bar for all customers, with four different flavors of infused water. Besides their amazing salads and drinks, Mr. Farmer is remarkable for its relaxing and trendy atmosphere. Their modern interior and open courtyard will allow you to enjoy your healthy meal surrounded by a green oasis in the middle of the city. The wines are also recommended here. If you need a break and a guilt-free feast, here’s your spot!
Where: 1F Sepia Harajuku Bldg., 4-5-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Open: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Other locations: Roppongi, Shinjuku, Komazawa Olympic Park
We Are The Farm (Ebisu)
We are the Farm is a farm-to-table eatery with a casual and comfortable atmosphere. While the name implies that it’s leaning toward a vegetarian restaurant, it is actually an organic diner with cuisine featuring everything, from kale and beets to savory beef. This restaurant is run by the All Farm group, which manages two farms and several other eateries across the city.
We are The Farm offers a variety of seasonal specialties, inspired by the harvest at a particular time of the year, and their menu includes kale beer, kale salad, cheese appetizer and duck meat – to name just a few. Their unique kale salad is definitely a must-try as it is probably the best one in town.
At lunchtime, dig into the restaurant’s countless yummy vegetables at their all-you-can-eat buffet, while at dinner you can take it a bit slower and enjoy a selection of good and healthy meat. Be warned, though: this is a popular spot, so make sure you book your table in advance (especially on weekends).
Where: 1F Orix Ebisu Nishi Bldg, 2-8-10 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku
Open: Daily, 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Other locations: Yoyogi Uehara