- Quality: ★★★ – Good
- Type: All Lacto-Vegetarian (vegan-friendly); Burgers, Pizza
- Location: near Kichijoji Station, Musashino City, Western Tokyo, Japan
- Hours: Fri-Wed 11:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00), Closed Thursday
- Price: $$ – Average (about ¥1300 for an entree)
- Language Barrier: English-language menu
- Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Website
About, Access & Location:
DevaDeva Cafe is a lactovegetarian, vegan-friendly restaurant in Kichijoji, Tokyo. They serve veggie burgers, pizzas, deli sets, smoothies, and a variety of desserts (many of which are vegan).
Address, Access & Phone:
- English Address: 2-14-7 2F, Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-Shi, Tokyo, Japan, 180-0004
- Japanese Address: 〒180-0004 東京都武蔵野市 吉祥寺本町2-14-7 吉祥ビル2F
- Closet Train Station: Kichijoji Station (Keio Inokashira Line, Chuo-Sobu Line, some Chuo Line Rapid trains)
- Phone Number: 0422-21-6220
DevaDeva Cafe is a lactovegetarian cafe located in Tokyo’s hip Kichijoji District, just 11 minutes outside of Shinjuku on the Chuo Line. They’re best known for their Yogi Burgers, which come with various patty + topping combinations: the Niva “burger” patty in original(plain), cheddar, avocado, chili con “carne”, and more, or the “Chick” patty either plain or with cheese. However, they also have a wide array of pizzas, daily deli sets, smoothies, and more. Although the menu online is in Japanese, in-store it’s in both English and Japanese, so it should be ok even if you can’t read Japanese very well. Also, although some items contain milk, the items that do are clearly labeled, so vegans can breathe easy!
I ended up ordering the Niva Avocado Yogi Burger, which was a bit steep at ¥1300 (veggie burgers seem to be consistently expensive in Tokyo, although I’m not entirely sure why). It came with a Niva patty (a grain patty) served on a bed of iceberg lettuce, sprouts & tomato, slathered in mysterious but tasty “yogi sauce,” and topped with a few slices of avocado. There was also a mini-bowl of vegan tartar sauce on the side, and a small side of steak fries. It was pretty good – I especially loved the two sauces it came with -but somehow it wasn’t quite so memorable that I needed to make a trip out to Kichioji again for it.
I was really tired after a long day climbing Mt. Takao, and ordered a cup of coffee – only to find that “Grain Coffee” is caffeine-free. Why anyone would want to immerse themselves in the unpleasant flavor of coffee without the benefit of caffeine is truly a mystery to me. I treat coffee like bitter medicine, so the fact that people drink it for fun is a bit baffling to me. But then I’ve alway been on Team Tea.
On a brighter note, they did have a pretty wide selection of desserts, many of which were vegan. I was full by the time I left so I didn’t splurge on the ridiculously-good-looking layer cake (it was unmarked so I’m not sure if it was vegan), but I certainly wanted to.
Overall, I’d recommend Devadeva Cafe if you’re really in the mood for a veggie burger or are in the area. However, i don’t think it’s a must-eat-at restaurant, especially since Kichioji is fairly out of the way. If you’re just visiting, it would probably be better to stick to more centrally-located restaurants.