Macrovenus & Pan-Yakibito – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Delicious!
  • Location: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
  • Type: All Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly; Bakery
  • Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Order 19:15)
  • Holidays: Every Monday & Tuesday, Obon Holiday (in August). Note: If a National Holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday, store is open! Call ahead.
  • Price: $$, Moderate
  • Website:  HappyCow Page, Restaurant Website

About & Directions:

When I vistied, this place was listed as all-vegan on Happy Cow. However, since then the Happy Cow entry has been updated to indicate that some items contain milk and eggs. Because of this, I can’t guarantee that all of the items that I chose (& photographed) are vegan – please ask before buying! A Happy Cow user wrote that the staff are super helpful, so if you tell them you’re vegan they’ll be able to point out which items to avoid. A bummer for sure, but it seems they still have a lot of vegan options!  It’s kind of pain in the ass to get to (although it’s a short walk, it’s a lot of turns and walking up and down hills), so make sure you’re wearing appropriate shoes for walking.

Address, Access & Contact:

  • English Address: 1 Chome-35-13 Daita, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0033, Japan
  • Japanese Address: 東京都 世田谷区 代田 1-35-13 殿塚ビル1F
  • Phone Number: 03-3421-9399
  • Train Access:
    • ~9 minute walk from Setagaya Daita Station (Odakyu Odawara Line)
    • ~15 minute walk from Shin-Daita Station (Keio-Inokashira Line)
    • ~15 minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station (Keio- Inokashira Line)

Google Map:

Restaurant Review:

I’ll be honest – I went here aaaaaaagessss ago (August 2015, to be exact), and I’m just getting around to posting about it now.  So I won’t fuss too much over probably-misremembered details.  Instead, lots of photos!

Also, to reiterate:  When I went here this restaurant was listed as all-vegan.  Now it is not, and some items contain milk or eggs. Please ask the owner which items are vegan-friendly!  Even if it’s photographed here it may not actually be vegan 😦

As you may have guess Macrovenus and Pan Yakibito produces almost exclusively baked goods.  This includes various types of freshly-baked breads, and a variety of sweets and savories.

There’s a selection of popular Japanese-flavored sweet breads, including red-bean filled buns, Melon Pan, and  kinako-flavored (roasted soybean flour) cream bun.

There’s also plenty of pastries that will be more familiar to the foreign visitor, including croissants, chocolate coronets, and tons of others luscious cream-filled pastries.

Being a sweets fanatic, I went straight for the Melon Pan (a Japanese favorite that is sold everywhere), a cream-filled and sugar-bedecked bun, and a croissant.  The Melon Pan was amazing – I’ve never had non-vegan melon pan so I can’t say how comparable it is, but it was very sweet, crunchy and delightful.  The cream-filled bun was similarly delicious.

The croissant was good, but didn’t have the light, buttery flakiness that I remember croissants having back-in-the-omnivore-day.  That said, it was still a very satisfying.  I won’t bite the hand that feeds me vegan croissants.

The inside is simple, casual, and wonderfully well-lit.  I’m a sucker for big windows – I’ve been inside a few too many dingy cafes.  Supposedly (reports from HappyCow users) they no longer serve lunch and dinner, but their website still suggests that they do.

Overall, is it worth the trip?  If you have the time, absolutely!  It is a bit of a walk, but if you have a craving for European-style breads or vegan pastries, then this is the place to go.  If you don’t think you’re up for the trek, however, Lima Cafe also frequently sells a small selection of their baked goods, on a small wooden shelving unit at the front of the restaurant.

 

 

 

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