Crayon House

Omotesando, Tokyo
Kita-Aoyama 3-8-15


3.3 / 1 vote

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Veg-friendly restaurant & grocery

Restaurant, Grocery/Bakery/Deli

Crayon House is actually a children's bookstore and they have two restaurants downstairs, along with a natural food store. One restaurant is called "Home" and is a French restaurant that serves tons of meat. The other restaurant (which is further inside) is called "Hiroba" and is mostly vegetarian.

Hiroba has an extensive menu and offers a number of noodle and rice dishes, steamed veggies, and their signature Korean-style pancake (a vegetarian version of the Japanese okonomiyaki, which usually has egg in the batter and meat in the filling).

They also feature a lunch buffet for 1250 yen, which is mostly vegetarian (except for a fish dish, and the miso soup, which has fish broth). The buffet usually has about 2-3 vegan dishes, plus rice.

Their natural food store does serve meat, but they have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, vegan snacks, and hard-to-come-by items like natural peanut butter and maple syrup.

Added by Cass Danger on Oct 8 07 (last updated Oct 9 07)

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I really did not like the food here, at least what I ordered. We went for the buffet but saw there weren't enough vegan options to feed our hungry bellies so we came back for dinner.

The tofu salad (a mixed green salad w/ fresh tofu and sesame dressing) was very good, but that's about all I enjoyed. I had the Korean-style pancake, expecting it to be like Okonomiyaki, but it was just shredded potatoes and green onions, fried together. It was way too heavy on the green onions and didn't have much flavor.

We also had the "Japanese Mountain Yam with Fermented Soybean". I was thinking "mmmmm...sweet potatoes and tempeh." No. It was raw daikon and nato soybeans, a DISGUSTING fermented soy bean that is very traditional in Japan, but hated by most Westerners. I think it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. My stomach hurt.

They had no hot sauce! Can you believe that? The hot sauce definitely would have improved the food.

The service was a bit slow (like most Japanese restaurants), but was very friendly. The waitress even took the yam/soy bean item off the menu since we didn't like it, which she didn't have to do.

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Take the Hanzoman line to the Omotesando station and take the B2 exit. Walk in the opposite direction that the B2 exit leads you and take a left at the first alley (it's only about a 20 foot walk. Walk about 2-4 minutes and it will be on your right and has a huge sign.


$ - inexpensive


  • Japanese
  • Eclectic (Fusion)
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • Buffet
  • Large Group-Friendly


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11am - 9pm

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