[Himeji City] A vegan cafe where you can eat deliciously and stay healthy both mentally and physically [SAI CAFE]
"SAI CAFE" located in Johoku Shinmachi, Himeji City is a vegan cafe that opened in March 2022. The menu was created under the supervision of Chef Katsuzo Kusumoto of the vegan restaurant "Saido" in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, and is based on the concept of "Gourmet Same Source", and is attracting attention no...
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- Named with passion in the word “Sai”
- Supervised by a chef with the title of vegan restaurant
- Recommended is the lunch "Saisai course"
- Cafe menu is also recommended.
- Convenient bus access
- Access information
- great value bus tickets
- basic information
Named with passion in the word “Sai”
"SAI CAFE", which opened in April 2023, is one of the few vegan cafes in Himeji. We offer a menu created by Chef Katsuzo Saido of Saido in Jiyugaoka, which holds the title of the world's best vegan restaurant.
The name ``SAI'' is a combination of the vegetable ``na'', the signature menu ``saimen'', Mr. Kusumoto's restaurant ``Saido,'' where he supervised the recipe, and the animal ``sai.'' "Sai" is a Buddhist term that means "meal." We put a lot of thought into the ``meal = Sai'' where many people gather and make everyone smile.
The concept is the same as ``Saido'': ``Gourmet food comes from the same source''. We aim to be a restaurant where you can eat deliciously and feel beautiful both in mind and body.
The reason for opening was 5-6 years ago. The owner of a restaurant in downtown Himeji attended a seminar related to veganism. He learned that although Himeji City has many foreign visitors tourists and residents, there are no vegetarian or vegan restaurants.
First of all, he started offering vegan menus such as Akashi-yaki and mapo tofu at his own restaurant. I felt a positive response there, and decided to open a restaurant with a menu completely designed by Chef Kusumoto.
The interior of the store is spacious and has a stylish atmosphere. We offer a variety of seating options, including table seats and sofa seats that can be used by groups, as well as long table seats and counter seats that you can comfortably sit on by yourself. There are three clocks on the back wall. There are clocks showing the time here in Himeji, as well as in New York and London, which have a large vegan population.
Supervised by a chef with the title of vegan restaurant
This dish is a menu supervised by Chef Katsuzo Kusumoto of Saido in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo. Chef Kusumoto is a leading expert in this field, having been ranked number one in the world on HappyCow, the restaurant information site most used by vegans and vegetarians around the world. We create a vegetable feast without any animal products, refined sugars or umami seasonings.
All of the vegetables used in our dishes are purchased from Tamba Rojibeji, which delivers carefully selected seasonal vegetables made with the care of producers from Tamba and surrounding areas.
Their signature product is the colorful vegan ramen, which is a non-junk food noodle that is low in carbohydrates, has no animal fat, and contains plenty of vegetables. There is also a spice curry made with a soup packed with the flavor of vegetables and several types of spices, including local Himeji lotus root.
Recommended is the lunch "Saisai course"
For lunch, we recommend the ``Saisai Course'' (1,850 yen), where you can enjoy the deliciousness of vegan cuisine. For the main dish, you can choose between ramen or curry, and it comes with salad and dessert for an additional 200 yen, making it a great deal.
Let me introduce you to what kind of course it is. First up is the "Smoked five-grain bean salad." When you remove the cork lid, the smoke rises up with the aroma of smoke, and it's a dish that makes you say, "Oh!" This world view is visually outstanding.
Inside, a small garden is depicted, with five-grain beans representing the earth, potato salad mixed with taro, vegan cheese, and green seaweed on top, and a sprout on top. Smoked beans have a unique aroma and a crunchy texture.
For the main dish, you can choose between noodles or curry. Domestic powder with different nutrients is mixed into the noodles. ``Ginger noodles'' for people who are concerned about sensitivity to cold, body fat, and metabolism; ``Ashitaba noodles'' for people who want to take in beta-carotene and vitamin K; and ``Chlorella noodles'' for people who want to be effective against high blood pressure and dedox. You can choose from three types.
The soups also include ``Ginger Miso Saimen'', a warm soup soba with a thick and rich ginger miso soup, ``Abura Soba'', a warm mixed soba with a spicy spicy sauce, and ``Salad cold noodles'' with a cold sauce of taro, rice malt, and black vinegar. There are 3 types of "Tamba Saisai" in the lineup. It's also fun to choose.
I chose "Ginger Miso Saimen" from "Ginger Noodles". The toppings are seasonal vegetables from Tamba. I understand colorful vegetables such as purple radish and tomatoes, but although they look like boiled eggs, they are not eggs. The ingredients that look like Naruto are not Naruto either.
The material it's made with is a trade secret, but it's fun to play with. The noodles are thick, curly, and very delicious. Now you can eat it without feeling guilty if you are cutting down on sugar.
The ginger-flavored soup is quite rich and goes well with the curly noodles. I'm curious as to why you made the soup stock.
And here is the dessert: Tree's Strawberry Mousse. How adorable! It looks great. The green part is vegan matcha pound cake, the trunk part is pretzels, the earth part is made with almonds and cocoa powder, and the inside is mousse. There are no dairy products used here. Even so, I can't get enough of this play.
Cafe menu is also recommended.
In addition to the meal menu, the drinks and sweets menu are also vegan. Animal ingredients such as whipped cream, milk, cream, and yogurt are replaced with soy milk and oats.
The coffee comes from Saku Coffee, a popular home-roasted coffee shop in Rokko, Kobe. This is ``Specialty Coffee'' (500 yen), a special blend for this store. You can choose soy milk or oat milk for ``Cafe au lait''.
This is the most popular parfait. I use fresh strawberries, organic granola and berries, and soy milk for the cream. This finish is on par with a normal parfait. I'm also happy that I don't feel guilty.
Parfaits change from time to time depending on the season. In the summer, a melon gelato parfait made with luxurious melon will be available. A vegan parfait made with luxurious melon gelato and cream.
“What makes me the happiest is when customers who have come once come and bring their friends the next time.It is a great place for both vegans and non-vegans who are looking for a restaurant to visit. I want it,” said Eitaro Yano, the store manager.
The suitcases of his late father, who loved to travel all over the world, fit perfectly into the atmosphere of the store, and it seems like he is supporting the creation of a worldwide store.
Convenient bus access
Lastly, regarding access to "SAI CAFE", you can get there by one bus from Himeji Station. There are two nearby bus stops, and the Johoku Koen-mae bus stop is a 6-minute walk from the store, and many of the local buses that pass along the east side of Himeji Castle pass by every 10 minutes. There are also 2 to 3 buses per hour that pass through the Johoku Shinmachi bus stop, which is a 3-minute walk away. If you take the bus from Himeji Castle Otemon-mae bus stop, it will take you directly to Johoku Shinmachi. The fare for both is 220 yen per trip, so you can easily use them.
*This article is information as of July 2023. Prices include tax. Product contents and prices may change.
Take the Shinki Bus from Himeji Station (north exit) platform 7 or 8, get off at the "Johoku Koen-mae" bus stop, and walk about 6 minutes to reach the cafe. Alternatively, take the Shinki Bus from Himeji Station (north exit) platform 9, get off at the "Johoku Shinmachi" bus stop, and then walk for about 3 minutes.
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Address: 1-1-14 Johoku Shinmachi, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone number: 079-280-6661
Business hours: 11:00-17:00 (Food LO 16:00, Drinks/Sweets LO 16:30)
Regular holidays: Open every day (*There may be temporary closures, please check on SNS)
Parking lot: 8 spaces
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