Recommended Restaurants for Special Diets

Recommended Restaurants for Special Diets

From meat-free twists of iconic dishes to halal fusion fare, Yokohama’s colorful culinary landscape really does have something for everyone.


Vegetarian


Bruntons

This craft beer joint along Motomachi shopping street is a nice mix of sophisticated and cosy, serving up a decent selection of beers from around Japan, along with a small but delicious menu of vegetarian food — the newly added tofu burgers are a real winner. Most of the beers are made without animal products, though some contain honey. Staff are very knowledgeable and happy to help if you have specific requests. Find it on the second floor above a beauty salon.

Address: 2F, 190 KIKI Building, Yokohama, 231-086

Access: 7-minutes walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station, Chinatown Exit

Open: Mon: 16:30-24:00, Tue-Fri: 15:00-24:00, Sat and Sun: 13:00-24:00


Poe Poe (ポエポエ)

Vegetarian and vegan pancakes are the order of the day at this Hawaiian-inspired restaurant. It’s a delightful menu of inventive pancake varieties; the teriyaki veggie burger, using pancakes for the bun, actually works, as does the “vege-ham katsu” (a substitute for the popular fried pork cutlet that’s a staple of Japanese cuisine). Regulars also rate the soy milk ice cream. Unfortunately the place is quite small but if you do have to wait, you can pass the time browsing the organic market next door.

Address: 1F, 2-5 Fujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, 227-0043

Access: 1-minute walk from Fujigaoka Station, Central Exit 

Open: Mon, Thu, Sun: 11:00-18:00, Fri, Sat: 11:00 - 20:00. Closed Tue, Wed


Chabuton

Another veggie-friendly ramen chain, Chabuton has two options for vegetarians: Vegetable Ramen and Vegetable Gyoza. A great place to try out a typical ramen experience; you order via a ticket machine at the entrance to the restaurant and then hand it over to the staff. Make sure to tell them, “yasai ramen” to be 100% safe, then find a seat, receive your bowl of noodle goodness and slurp away to your heart's content.

Address: B2, 1-2-7, Yodobashi Camera, 1-2-7, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, 220-0004

Access: On the B2 floor of Yodobashi Camera outside Yokohama Station — go past the bus terminal, it's next to Uniqlo

Open: Everyday, 11:00-22:30


Sitar

If you’re in the mood for excellent North Indian cuisine, head to Sitar near to Yamashita Park to stuff yourself with vegetable curry and samosas while making your way through the expansive Indian wine list. This place is halal-friendly too, and the English-speaking owner and staff are very accommodating to specific dietary needs.

Sitar

dining, English OK, halal, Non-smoking

Open until 21:00

Vegan


Koukien (好記園)

Vegan or not, Koukien is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown for foreign visitors if only for its super friendly staff and clear English menu, which includes several pages of vegan options — all cooked Taiwanese style. Choose from substitute dishes like vegan chicken and vegetable stir-fry, using soy meat, as well as original vegan spicy Taiwanese noodles and dim sum. On Happy Cow, Koukien has plenty of five-star ratings, with vegan diners raving about the fried rice.

Koukien

English OK, Non-smoking, Rugby World Cup 2019, vegan

Open until 23:00


Kisekicafe (きせきの食卓)

A macrobiotic restaurant that prides itself in organic, healthy options catering to both vegan and vegetarian (as well as gluten-free) diners who are keen to try home-style Japanese cuisine. Lunch plates are slightly on the pricey side, but then they are beautifully presented; Think brown rice, tofu, pickled vegetables and miso served in handmade wooden bowls. Its vegan desserts are pure Instagram fodder, though this is nothing compared to fact that there’s an attached yoga studio next door. Practice your downward dog while your green tea brews in this bright, airy oasis. Find it upstairs on the third floor above Enoteca wine store.

Address: 2-93, Motomachi, Naka Ward, Yokohama, 231-0861

Access: 3-minutes walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station, Exit 5

Open: Tue-Sun: 10am-8:30pm. Closed Mondays


2 Bananeira (ドイス バナネイラ)

The eclectic menu at this all-vegan organic cafe is as flavorful as it is colorful, featuring everything from curry to pasta to jambalaya, to interesting takes on Japanese dishes like the coconut and daikon soup. If the weather’s nice, opt for a takeaway lunch box and enjoy it in the park right opposite. On the ground floor with a bright green facade, you can’t miss it.

Address: 3-20, Kakinokidai, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, 227-0048

Access: 6-minutes walk from Fujigaoka Station 

Open: Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat: 11:00-22:00, Thu: 11:00-15:30. Closed Sundays 


Vegetus (ヴェジトゥス)

Everyone who’s been here wonders why this elegant vegan bistro is yet to receive a Michelin star. Its owner and chef’s inventive display of vegan French and Japanese fusion food, all artfully placed on black slate and served over a unique six-course menu might just end up being the highlight of your dining experiences in Japan. A true vegan degustation, this place is perfect for foodies, whatever their dietary preferences may be. With only six seats at the counter and one table for four, it’s best to reserve a spot here in advance. Prices are very reasonable, with a course starting from ¥4,000 ($40 US). It’s a little way out from central Yokohama but well worth the trip.

Address: 2F, 10-13, Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa, 248-0012

Access: 3-minutes walk from Kamakura Station, East Exit

Open: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun: 17:00 - 23:00. Closed Thursdays

Halal


Port Terrace Cafe

Part-functioning as a bustling lunchtime cafeteria for the building’s office workers, this no-frills spot is a hidden gem if you like great food and even greater ocean views. On the third floor of the Yokohama headquarters for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a government organization that works to promote the social and economic growth of developing regions, Port Terrace Cafe is fully open to the public. The accommodating menu includes both halal and vegetarian food; typically two main halal-meat dishes are on offer, and three vegetarian options that change weekly. There are even plastic food samples at the front to help you choose and order; just take the token next to the sample and give it to the cashier.

Don’t expect much from the interior — it is inside an office building after all — but do make sure to get a seat on the outdoor terrace, from where you can view the ships coming and going through the scenic bay. 

Port Terrace Cafe

English OK, halal, Non-smoking, Rugby World Cup 2019

Open until 21:00


Minokichi

This place offers a chance to try traditional kaiseki (a traditional high-end, multi-course meal) like a proper high roller. Make sure to reserve at least three days in advance and request either halal, vegetarian and/or vegan. The restaurant’s chef will prepare its exquisite seasonal menu to match your request, and offer a true Japanese kaiseki experience whatever your needs.

Address: 4F Landmark Plaza, 2-2-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama 220-8104

Access: On the 4th floor of the Landmark Plaza building opposite Minato Mirai Station

Open: Everyday, 11:00 - 22:00 


AGM Trading and Hari Rasai

Friendly owner Mohamed Huraish has been supplying local Muslim residents with a wide range of goods since 2001 through well-known store AGM Trading, while also running his halal restaurant Hari Rasai just across the street. Hari Rasai serves Sri Lankan food, and offers a very affordable lunch buffet (¥880, $9) that comes with three types of curry, salad, naan and rice.

Address: 1-6-17, Tsunashima-nishi, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, 223-0053

Access: 1-minute walk from Tsunashima Station 

Open: AGM Trading is open everyday, 10:30-22:00. Hari Rasai is open daily 11:30-23:30 but closed on Mondays


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