Nestled partially below street level in the Shibuya area of Tokyo, Japan is Nagi-Shokudo. The food was delicious, and encompassed traditional Japanese flavors. We ordered the Special Deli Plate for Couples. Since our conversational Japanese skills are not very strong, we aren't sure if our server was highly recommending we order that, or if that was the only thing available to us. We initially tried ordering other things off the ala carte portion of the menu, and he kept pointing back to the Deli Plate for Couples. He was very polite yet insistent, so we decided to go with it. Maybe all the things we wanted to order were part of the special at a better price. Whatever happened, we were very pleased with our meal!
An enoki mushroom, lettuce, tomato, and avocado salad with a creamy white dressing was the first dish to arrive. That was soon followed by delicate white rice crisps in the shape of taco shells. Next came miso soup, brown rice, and a creamy coconut tofu curry (it was additional 500 yen for the miso soup and rice). The main platter had about nine different items on it. It was a LOT of food, and we really enjoyed it.
A few tables with chairs were available for those desiring Western-style seating, but there was also a raised area in the back with tatami mats and low tables for those who wished to remove their shoes and sit Japanese-style. There were lots of books, DVDs and CDs on shelves throughout the dining room, as well as a table full of flyers featuring local art and music events and a butternut squash.
Nagi-Shokudo is located at 15-10 Uguisudani-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Currently, they are open from noon to 4pm (last order 3pm) and 6pm to 11pm (last order 10:30pm) Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). The restaurant is a bit difficult to spot since it is partially below street level. The food is all vegan as indicated in English by the sign outside the restaurant, but we can only call it 99% vegan because we saw honey listed as an ingredient in at least one of the drinks.
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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