No trip to Tokyo is complete without a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort and Tuesday and Wednesday marked two of the few days where we actually had locked in something to do. Completely scared that there would literally be nothing there for me to eat, I filled my backpack with some protein bars I had brought from home as well as some snacks I had stocked up on during the stay so far (stay tuned for my future post about vegan snacks in Japan).
Day one was Tokyo Disneyland, super easy to get to on the train from Shinjuku. Whilst reading a map of the resort I noticed the little table of restaurants down the bottom with only one listing that a vegetarian option was available. At first I assumed this wouldn’t be vegan but when I read “vegetarian menus include onions and garlic but no eggs, dairy products, meat or seafood” I was pretty confident I’d be a chance of actually getting something to eat! We made our way to Eastside Cafe and I explained to the waitress my dietary requirements. So far I have found it much easier to say I am allergic to things rather than go through the whole vegan thing because they take their allergens VERY seriously. I spoke to three waitstaff about what I couldn’t eat and I was presented with a two course meal of a green salad with lemon dressing followed by spaghetti with garden vegetables and tomato sauce plus a special bread roll.
To be honest, not the best meal I’ve ever had but considering I was predicting nothing at all I couldn’t complain.
Much like day one, I didn’t expect much luck with food on day two at DisneySea. Like Disneyland, all of the snacks were pretty much off limits so I had my fingers crossed that I’d have some luck with lunch at least. As soon as we got our hands on the map I spotted the one restaurant with the vegetarian menu, the same allergen description attached. Ristorante di Canaletto had a lovely view of the gondola attraction of the park and the Venetian style surrounds. I went through the same process with the waitstaff and was told I could eat their spaghetti dish. Different to the first, it came with olives, capers, mushrooms, pine nuts, zucchini, beans and some other bits and pieces.
Both dishes were equally as good and welcomed with open arms after a long day of walking, waiting and riding. So there you have it, vegans can enjoy chowing down at Tokyo Disney too!
Eastside Cafe (Tokyo Disneyland) and Ristorante di Canaletto (Tokyo DisneySea)
1-1 Maihama Urayasu 279-8511 Japan