- 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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.