By Bonson Lam
If you're after vegan eats in Japan, it's likely that you've stumbled across the Ain Soph group of restaurants. Starting with a number of different restaurants across Tokyo, they have recently expanded with their first foray into the Kyoto vegan eating scene.
The restaurant is located in close proximity to both the Gion area and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, making it the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat if you're in either of those locations. However, even if you're not in the immediate area, it's worth working it into your itinerary - the food is that good.
The interior of the premises is light, bright and airy - white walls, farmhouse style white sanded tables, and potted plants hanging from the ceiling all adorn the restaurant. There are separate menus for lunch, dinner, sweets, and drinks, and there's even an afternoon tea set menu available. The afternoon tea menu is only available on weekdays, so bear that in mind if you're planning a special trip.
When it comes to the eats on offer, there's something to suit just about anyone's taste buds. From a Genovese style pasta, Thai green curry, vegetable paella, and even a vegan approved taco rice, the options are varied, diverse, and most importantly - super tasty!
If you've got a sweet tooth, you're covered here as well, with loads of items to choose from. Gluten free gateau chocolat complete with soy whipped cream, creme brulee, tiramisu and puddings are just some of the options on their extensive vegan friendly dessert menu. The matcha and white chocolate pancakes are a must - light, fluffy, and flavorful!
Ain Soph Journey also offer a wide variety of drinks, including wine, draft beer, cocktails, and plenty of non alcoholic beverages as well. The tea and cold pressed juice lineup in particular will keep you happy if you're health conscious.
Ain Soph Journey is situated 3 minutes on foot from Kawaramachi Station.
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