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Fancy vegan eclectic & Japanese food
Chaya Macrobiotic is a fancy, French-style restaurant on the 7th floor of the Isetan building. They have an all vegan take-away station in the basement of the same building, but the Chaya restaurant serves a lot of fish.
Chaya Macrobiotic uses no egg, dairy, or other meat, but about half of the menu contains fish and I read one online review that says lunch specials are so heavy on fish that vegans may have difficulty finding food.
They offer dinner sets for around 5000-6000 yen but also has individual entrees (small portions) for about 1800-2800 yen. Their dishes include various vegetable curries and noodle dishes, and interesting combinations such as their tofu/tempeh "hamburger", which is more of a croquette.
on Oct 6 07
(last updated Oct 6 07)
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Chaya Macrobiotic was, hands down, my favorite restaurant in Tokyo. The restaurant was very easy to find (it is located on the 9th floor of the huge Isetan department store) and the menu was available in English. The waitstaff were very helpful in checking on the ingredients in some of the dishes for me.
There were a number of interesting vegan options on the menu, including vegetable croquettes (cornmeal dumplings) and vegetable brochettes (sausage-like vegetarian meat-on-a stick, served with a vegetable kabob and three different dipping sauces). The restaurant also had homemade ginger ale, which was extremely refreshing on a humid Tokyo summer day. For dessert, there were a few dairy-free options, including tofu cheesecake and pink grapefruit pie (made with agar-agar instead of gelatin).
I enjoyed the food but it was not worth the price. The portions were small (as is the case in most Japanese restaurants) but the price was extremely inflated. I had a stewed vegetable and millet dish, which was quite good, and I sampled a friend's tempeh/tofu burger, which was very good, but very tiny.
I think that just over half of the menu contained fish, and the remaining vegan options were littered with mushrooms (which is great if you like mushrooms but bad if you don't).
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Exit Shinjuku station at the EAST exit (very important). When you walk out, face the huge buildings with monster TVs and the JCB credit card electric display. Walk to this side of the street and take a right. Walk about 5 minutes until you get to the Isetan store and go in and go to the 7th floor.
$$$ - expensive
- Eclectic (Fusion)
- Eclectic (Varied)