- Quality: ★★★ – Good
- Type: Vegetarian (vegan friendly)
- Location: Motomachi Area, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
- Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30-22:00, Sun 11:30-21:00
- Price: $ – Inexpensive (Lunch Sets around ¥1100)
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About & Location:
Modernark Pharm Cafe is a macrobiotic, vegetarian restaurant located in the Motomachi Area of Kobe. Many of the dishes are vegan or can be made vegan. They also sell lots of health food goods at the front (including beat sugar and fair trade chocolate bars), as well as take-out wraps and burgers if you’re in Kobe for sight-seeing.
Address, Train Access & Contact:
- English Address: 3-11-15 Kitanagasa, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Japan 650-0012
- Japanese Address: 650-0012 神戸市中央区北長狭通3-11-15
- Train Access: Motomachi Station
- Phone Number: 078-391-3052
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I stopped by Modernark Cafe for a Kansai Vegetarian Meet-up last fall, during my trip to Kyoto. I originally went after being lulled their by the promise of a burrito, but after seeing it in person, I found it wasn’t really burrito-y enough to sate my craving for Mexican food. So, I instead opted for the Gluten Wrap lunch set, with pickles, soup, and drink (¥1050). While not perhaps the best wrap I’ve had, it was my first in Japan and surprisingly dense and flavorful. The gluten “meat” wasn’t overly tough or dry, and it was packed full of various seasonal veggies. Also, the wrap itself was thick and had a good texture – too often I’ve seen wrap sandwiches ruined by brittle, dry wraps that break apart while you’re eating. Also, since it included a soup, drink, and a side of pickles, it was quite a good value. I ended up picking up another gluten wrap from their deli to take with me for the long bus ride back to Tokyo.
Dessert, however, was what really made the meal. Okay, that’s kind of typical for me, but really, it was quite good. I ordered the Coconut Tiramisu Cake (¥500), and it was absolutely delicious. The cake itself was very moist (vegan cakes are often much too dry), and the frosting was thick, light and rich. It actually didn’t taste much like tiramisu at all, so the name is somewhat misleading. It ended up tasting more like a coconut cake with hint of banana and vanilla. But regardless, it was fantastic, and I would highly recommend that anyone who visits tries a slice!
Atmosphere & Service:
The atmosphere here is wonderful. It’s very funky and, like some of the other vegan restaurants I’ve visited, has the feel of a person’s living room. There are a few cats who dart around (beware if you have allergies!), and the back wall has a large bookcase containing nothing but books about cats, mostly in Japanese but some in English. This made for great entertainment while we were eating.
The staff were attentive and handled all of our orders very well. However, if you have a large group, be warned: our group was given a “time limit” for seating, so this probably isn’t a place where you can eat and then dawdle with a large party.
That’s all for Modernark! Thanks for reading!