Located close to Kyoto University is the delightful 100% vegan restaurant TOSCA. It is run by two very friendly Japanese sisters Asuka and Tomoka, who went to school in Australia and speak perfect English. The menu is in both Japanese and English. They both have degrees in design-related fields, which is one reason each plate is so artfully presented.
The desserts were delicious and gorgeous as well. The Cake of the Day was a Purple Carrot and Cinnamon Cake, which was moist and not overly sweet. The Mixed Fruit Jelly (made with the vegan gelling ingredient agar) was cool and refreshing...the perfect summer dessert. We also got a Cocoa Walnut Muffin to take home for breakfast the next morning, but forgot to take a photo of it. Wish we were able to get two, but it was the last one so we had to share it.
TOSCA is located at 67-7 Oiwakecho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyu-ku, Kyoto, Japan. They are currently open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 3pm (last order 2:30pm) and for dinner Thursday through Saturday 5:30pm to 10pm (last order 9pm). It's close to Kyoto University, so be aware of college kids zipping around on bikes on the shared sidewalk with pedestrians.
For links to more restaurant reviews from our July 2014 trip, please see our post "The Vegan Community in Japan is Alive and Well!".
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