- Quality: ★★★ – Good
- Type: Vegetarian (almost entirely vegan)
- Location: near Omotesando Ave & Aoyama Dori intersection, Harajuku, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:30-23:00 (Last Order 22:00); Sun/Holidays: 12:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00). *Note: website has conflict ion information about when lunch and dinner are available.
- Price: Moderate (Lunch Set ¥1680)
- Website: Restaurant Website, HappyCow Page
About & Location:
Brown Rice Cafe is a café specializing in simple, healthy food locate in the Harajuku area of Tokyo. Most of their recipes are based on Japanese cooking, although they do sometimes have veggie burgers and other foreign-inspired items. The shop is just off of Omotesando Ave, on the Right hand side if you are walking from Harajuku station towards Aoyama or Omotesando Station. It’s in the alleyway between MAX&Co. and Kawai (the piano shop). They have a convenient map on their website. The restaurant is hidden in the back of Neal’s Yard Remedies, a natural cosmetics shop. Just walk into the store and move towards the back left-hand-side of the store, where you will find a glass door that leads into the restaurant.
Address, Train Access & Contact:
- English Address: Green Bldg 1F, 5-1-17 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-0001
- Japanese Address: 東京都渋谷区神宮前5-1-17
- Train Access: 5-10 minutes walk from Omotesando Station
- Phone Number: 03-5778-5416
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Nearly everything at Brown Rice Café is vegan. However, some of the desserts contain milk or honey, so please check with staff before ordering!
Brown Rice Cafe is one of Tokyo’s numerous “health” restaurants: Their menu consists largely of steamed vegetable dishes, brown rice, and salads. However, that’s not to say the food is plain. They utilize fresh, seasonal vegetables and traditional Japanese cooking methods so that their dishes are often simultaneously simple and delicious. The first time I went, I ordered an a la carte veggie burger for about 800, which turned out to be disappointingly small. Sadly, I lost this photo. The next time I went, however, I ordered the steamed vegetable set, which turned out to be a much better deal. For 1680 I received a bamboo steaming basket filled with steamed vegetables, a bowl of brown rice, two dipping sauces (for the vegetables), miso soup, pickles, and a cup of tea (you can choose from coffee, herb tea or green tea), which made for a much more filling meal than the burger.
The next time I visited, in February 2012, I ordered the Sukiyaki Lunch Set (which doesn’t appear to be available anymore):