Konichiwa from Shinjuku, Tokyo!
After a very long and hungry plane journey (turns out Jetstar don’t have a vegan meal even though I was assured several times over the phone it would be okay), we touched down at our hotel in Shinjuku. It was late at night so we decided to hit the hay and get touristy in the morning.
We spent most of our first day wondering around Shinjuku, in and out of shops and generally having our minds blown. We then decided to catch a taxi to Loving Hut, however we were incredibly disappointed when they were closed (even though the internet indicated otherwise).
In my research before the trip I had read about the vegan offerings at Mos Burger and noticed we had gone past one on our taxi journey, so we decided to walk back and give it a try.
I am traveling with a non-vegan so she opted for a beef burger while I obviously went for the vegan option on the menu, the Kinpira Burger. It’s basically shredded vegetables and seaweed served between two rice cakes instead of bread! It tasted like one big delicious sushi-type thing and I was pleasantly surprised. Even my non-vegan companion thought it looked better than hers, which she found okay but not very interesting.
We decided to get a bit more traditional on day two so we went on the hunt for a sushi joint while walking around Shibuya. Surprisingly we found this quite difficult as many places appeared to have sushi but not an extensive selection. Finally, the sushi gods smiled down on us and we found a place called Sushi Zanmai, which is apparently part of a chain. We sat down and were presented with a menu, littered with images and English descriptions. The waitress also spoke English so I explained to her my dietary requirements and she told me what I could eat. I had four different types of temaki sushi; fermented soybean, cucumber, pickle-radish and salted plum with cucumber. The pickle-radish was my favourite, my least favourite being the fermented soybean as it was a little overpowering in the taste department.
Anyhow, that’s all I’ve got for now, stay tuned for more delicious updates!
7-1-8 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Shibuya 2-22-11, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo