Buona Tsubu Tsubu (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Location: Near Edogawabashi Station, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Type: Vegan; Italian, Pizza, Macrobiotic
  • Hours: Mon & Wed-Sun, 7am-10am (morning), 11:30am-2:30pm (lunch), 6pm-11pm (dinner).  Not open every Tuesday, unless Tuesday is a national holiday (then it will be closed on Wednesday).
  • Price: $$$ – A little expensive
  • Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Page
  • Menu: Click Here

About & Location:

Buona Tsubu Tsubu is an all-vegan Italian restaurant with a large selection of salads, pastas, and pizza.  It’s a sister-restaurant to Tsubu Tsubu Cafe in Waseda, Tokyo.

Address, Train Access & Contact:

  • English: 1-17-9 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Japanese: 〒112-0014 東京都文京区関口1-17-9
  • Train Access: Edogawabashi Station, Exit 4
  • Phone Number: 03-6457-5045
  • Email: kagurazaka@b-tubutubu.com

Google Map:

Restaurant Review:

Buona Tsubu Tsubu (an off-shoot of Tsubu Tsubu Cafe in Waseda) is an all-vegan Italian restaurant in the Bunkyo-ku district of Tokyo.  They have an impressively large menu for  a small restaurant, with dozens of salads, pastas, pizza, and a few other main dishes (such as a hamburg set) to choose from.  Salad and pastas are things I often have to get when I eat out in the US because they’re the only veganable thing on the menu, so whenI have a choice, I rarely order them.  So both times I visited Buono Tsubu Tsubu I went directly to the pizza section.  I have NO regrets.

The first time I visited, I got the Takakibi & Mochiawa Ortolana Pizza.  Takakibi is red brown sorghum (a frequent ingredient in Tsubu Tsubu dishes), and Mochiawa is a type of glutinous high-protein millet.  Presumably, these two ingredients were used to make the crust, which thankfully was very thick and chewy. Sometimes Japanese macrobiotic restaurants serve pizza with crust so thin it bears more resemblance to a cracker than anything breadish, so this was a relief!  The pizza was topped with tomato sauce, splotches of melty vegan cheese, and thick pieces of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, peas, and peppers.  The vegan cheese was unusual – it wasn’t quite as chewy as actual cheese, but it was very rich and flavorful and contrasted well with the acidity of  the sauce and some of the veggies.  I was really impressed.  I also loved that they served the pizza with the exposed peas-in-pods – it made it feel like it was fresh from someone’s garden.

Takakibi & Mochiawa Ortolana Pizza - ¥1575

Takakibi & Mochiawa Ortolana Pizza – ¥1575

Takakibi & Mochiawa Ortolana Pizza Close-Up

Takakibi & Mochiawa Ortolana Pizza Close-Up

My friend ordered the Mochikibi & 5 Kinds Mushroom Spaghetti (¥1280). Mochikibi is the Japanese word for Millet, so I think the pasta was made of millet.  I didn’t try it, but she said it was really good!

Hie & Potato Peperonchino - ¥1,155

Mochikibi & 5 Kinds Mushroom Spaghetti

The next time I visited, I ordered the Hie & Potato Baccala Pizza.  I’ve never had this sort of pizza before, so I decided that instead of ordering the same thing as before, I’d branch out a little.   Traditional Baccala pizza, from what I’ve read online, is served with salt cod, and it doesn’t seem like it usually has lemon, so I don’t think it bears much resemblance to actual Baccala pizza.  This pizza was served with a very light sauce, potatoes and mushrooms, and then you squeeze the lemons over it and it.  In spite of it’s simple appearance, it was really incredible – I’d never though to use lemons on a pizza before, but it’s really the perfect addition (so long as you don’t have tomato sauce).

Hie & Potato Baccala Pizza - ¥1580

Hie & Potato Baccala Pizza – ¥1580

Hie & Potato Baccala Pizza Close-Up

Hie & Potato Baccala Pizza Close-Up

Overall, I would say that Buona Tsubu Tsubu is a must-visit place for any vegan Italian food enthusiasts visiting (or living) in Tokyo.  The prices are a bit high, but the selection is large and the quality is consistently good.  They’re obviously unafraid of experimenting with unusual grains, toppings, and flavorings, which makes their offerings so much more interesting then any standard veggie pizza or spaghetti you could get at a non-vegan restaurant.  I love it when restaurants are adventurous with their ingredients.  So, if you’re nearby, I really recommend checking this restaurant out!

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