T’s Restaurant – ★★★★ (Tokyo Station, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★★ – Very Good
  • Type: Vegetarian (almost all vegan, but they use some honey); International
  • Location: Near Jiyugaoka Station, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
  • Price: $$ – Average (Entrees about ¥1200)
  • Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00am-10:00pm (Last Order 9:00 pm)
  • Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Website

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About & Location:

T’s Restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant located in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo.  They offer lunch & dinner, as well as to-go lunch boxes & sweets.  It’s located in the basement of the LUZ Jiyugaoka Building, which can make it a little bit difficult to find.

Address, Train Access & Contact:

  • English Address: LUZ Jiyugaoka Building B1F, Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan 152-0035
  • Japanese Address:  Luz自由が丘B1F, 〒152-0035東京都目黒区自由が丘2-9-6
  • Train Access: Jiyugaoka Station
  • Phone Number: 03-3717-0831

Google Map:

Restaurant Review:

T’s Restaurant (sister-restaurant to T’s Tantan in Tokyo Station) is a beautiful underground restaurant in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo. Jiyugaoka is filled with boutiques and charming, winding alleyways, so it’s worth a visit simply to explore.  So, although it’s a little ways outside of central Tokyo, you can make a full trip out of it and do some sightseeing and get lunch at the same time!

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T’s Restaurant’s offerings are almost entirely vegan – they use no eggs, milk, or meat, but they do use honey in some dishes.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this when I visited, so I didn’t ask specifically – so there’s no guarantee the things I ordered are absolutely vegan.  Just make sure to clarify with your server that the dish doesn’t contain hachimitsu (honey)!

I went for lunch, and so I chose one of the options on their lunch menu (there were only about 5 to choose from): the Masaman Curry (¥1350).  I’ve never had an opportunity to try Massaman Curry before – it’s apparently a Thai dish originally inspired by Persian cuisine, but I’ve never seen it on any menus in the US.  It was fairly mild and a rich coconut-milk flavor.  My favorite parts were the addition of cashews and the crunchy mock-Chicken on the side.

Masaman Curry (¥1350)

Masaman Curry (¥1350)

My meal also came with a simple side-salad, covered in thin slices of mock-ham and a light vinaigrette.  I’m not usually a huge salad person, but the dressing was just scrumptious, and the mock-ham added some interesting texture and flavor to it.

Side-salad

Side-salad

My boyfriend ordered the Soymilk Doria (¥1280), a delicious melted vegan cheese concoction with pesto and tomato, served in an Italian Doria dish..  It was very rich, and I won’t lie: I wish I’d ordered it for myself!   I’d never heard of “Doria” before, so I had to look it up.  According to this site, Dori is originally a French dish inspired by Italian cuisine, and was made to reflect the colors of the Italian flag.  And Wikipedia describes Doria as a Japanese “yoshoku” (Western food) that has a gratin base and is covered in white sauce and cheese, and is served in this this type of oval white gratin dish.

パエリアドリア (Paella Daria?) - ¥1280

ドリア (Doria) – ¥1280

T’s Restaurant is also home to – in my opinion – Tokyo’s best vegan parfait.  At ¥680 it’s not badly priced – it’s much less expensive than Tsubu Tsubu Cafe’s whopping ¥1580 parfait, and Pure Cafe’s Parfaits are similarly priced but not nearly as delicious. I ordered the Chocolate Parfait, and it came with a first layer of corn flakes (common in Japan), vanilla cream, and a generous serving of creamy chocolate ice cream slathered in chocolate syrup, nuts, seeds, yellow cake and banana.  It was so rich and so good that I really wanted to go back specifically to get it again, but never ended up having the opportunity.  Such a shame!

T's Chocolate Parfait - ¥680

T’s Chocolate Parfait – ¥680

T's Chocolate Parfait - ¥680

T’s Chocolate Parfait – ¥680

Overall, even though it’s a bit out-of-the-way for the average Tokyo Sightseer, I highly recommend visiting T’s Restaurant if you have the chance.  The Jiyugaoka neighborhood is a charming contrast to the skyscrapers of central Tokyo, and T’s Tantan offers unusual international dishes that you may never have another opportunity to try.

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