As you are no doubt well aware, Japanese food rates among the best in the world. However, if you are vegan, or even vegetarian, you may struggle to find your needs catered to. Many vegetarians have found themselves offered the ‘vegetarian; option’ in a restaurant only to discover that it contains seafood or fish. Even the fried egg rolls are usually made using the near-inescapable ‘dashi,’ a broth made of dried bonito fish flakes!
But being a vegetarian in Nagoya does not necessarily condemn you to nights cooking at home. There are plenty of vegetarian restaurants out there; you have to know where to look.
Queen’s Healthy Diner is an absolute must-visit, whether you are vegan or not. The food is guaranteed to be completely free of eggs, dairy products, cheese, butter, white sugar, pesticides, chemical seasonings and additives, and genetically modified foods. It is also guaranteed to be packed full of flavor!
The dishes span a wide variety of international cuisines, including Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish, and even British (and yes, I know what you may think you know about British cuisine, but the shepherd’s pie at Queen’s Healthy Diner is phenomenal!). They do an excellent penne arrabiatta, and of course, there are some delicious fresh salads, but they also put together some mouthwatering non-meat meaty dishes. Vegetarian chicken burritos? Delicious. Vegan chicken pizza? Impossible to tell from the real thing. Tonkatsu ramen? Yes, seriously, vegan tonkatsu ramen, and it’s oishiiii!
Another great thing about Queen’s Healthy Diner is that, unlike many vegan places in Nagoya, this isn’t just a cafe open around lunch, this place is open Tuesday to Sunday, 17:00 to midnight, meaning that you can enjoy a nice night out. And as it’s dinnertime, why not have a glass of bio wine to accompany your meal? Or how about one of their wide range of cocktails using soy milk? The Pina Colada is particularly recommended.
Offering delicious vegan, creative, fresh food from farm to table, Pupu Kitchen deals in macrobiotic cuisine. With friendly decor to make you feel like you are at someone’s dining table, it’s another great lunch option. There are lunch sets of vegetables, dry food, and grains for 1,300 JPY that includes a deli featuring brown rice and soup. For your children, there are even kids’ onigiri and soup sets for just 400 JPY. There are only 15 Pupu lunches prepared each day, so it’s another one to get to early. But if you miss out, you could always hang around for the chocolate cake…
While most vegan and vegetarian places in Nagoya cater for the lunch crowd, Live and Lounge VIO is great for an evening out. Vegan-friendly, as the name suggests, this is a venue providing live music with house nights, belly dancing, hip hop, jazz, and reggae events throughout the week. The food itself is certainly heavy on the vegetables with a macrobiotic lean towards Japanese cuisine, and there is full bar service.
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