Source: Gaijin Pot
As one of the best places in Japan to enjoy shojin ryori (traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine), it’s no surprise that finding vegan food in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, isn’t too much of a challenge. And it’s not just temple food — there are a huge number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city offering plant-based menus that are modern, varied and delicious.
Here are four GaijinPot favorites.
1. Choice: cheesy goodness
Photo by Ashley Owen
Choice’s thick and super fluffy pancakes.
If you’re looking for an upmarket vegan restaurant, Choice is an excellent, well… choice! It was set up by a doctor who wanted to offer healthy plant-based food that would satisfy vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. All the food is organic and vegan, and most of it is also gluten free. It’s a little on the pricey side, but each dish is made with top-quality ingredients and beautifully presented.
The restaurant specializes in vegan cheese, which they make on site. It offers an amazing range of flavors, including smoked, rum raisin and chlorella, and cranberry. It’s easily some of the best vegan cheese I’ve tried, so if you’re a fan of pressed milk curd (without the milk curd) you might want to consider trying one of the plate assortments (¥1,200 to ¥1,800) or splashing out on the fondue (¥2,000). That’s right, the restaurant has vegan fondue! For dessert, make sure you try some of the thick and super fluffy pancakes — you can choose between plain, fruit, chocolate or rum raisin (¥1,400 to ¥1,600).
2. Gomacro Salon: goma greatness
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