Translated by Shoko Naito
Tranquil Time at a Vegan Restaurant "AIN SOPH.Soar"
vegetarian and vegan restaurant "AIN SOPH.Soar"in Ikebukuro.
Written by Madoka Nakamura
In February 2014, vegetarian and vegan restaurant "AIN SOPH.Soar" has just opened in Ikebukuro (池袋).
Go to east exit of Ikebukuro station (池袋駅東口), walk down Sunshine 60 Dori (サンシャイン６０通り), turn left on the broad street under railway viaduct, and you can see "AIN SOPH.Soar" with impressive signboard.
"Soar" means "go up into the air" or "fly high", and the logo of the restaurant is an image of angel's wings flying high up in the sky. Get into the restaurant opening glass which is suitable for the image of the restaurant.
Calm Lighting and Interior
Though basic color is white in the restaurant, dim lightning produces a calm atmosphere.
There are table seats, sofas and a private room which has table seats for 4 to 8 people. I recommend that you make a reservation early if you have seating preference.
Lunch Menu of the Day
Taking a seat, they bring you a glass of water and a menu. A menu is written both Japanese and English.
They will explain about a daily spacial when you take a seat. Many dishes have seasonal vegetables or fruits; lineup which suits for each season.
This is a lunch dish of salad and brown rice with vegetable soup of the day.
Vegetables of a salad and fresh and put beautifully in a serving dish. Let's have moderately sour sautéed mushrooms with Carottes Rapees (Frensh style of carrot salad).
Daily special includes curry, rice with hashed meat or pasta.
This is a coconut curry with renkon (lotus root). Side dish changes depending on each season.
Vegan cheese cake and pumpkin icecream are put on a plate in the picture; refreshing aftertaste is just right for after meal. Of course, all deserts do no contain daily products.
You can additionaly order drink or dessert during lunch time.
You can also order main dish in a set separately.
Besides meal, they also have pancakes with fruits or brownie which are popular for coffee time. Every dish is made for vegan, made carefully, and taken time.
Sweets to Go
They display products to go; they are wrapped as you can see what are inside. Vegan baked sweets may be good as souvenir for yourself or your friends.
"AIN SOPH.Soar" has been more popular in the gourmet applications.
How about having dishes which have a lot of vegetables and are good for your health in a relaxing atmosphere.
AIN SOPH.Soar (アインソフ ソア)
Address：1F Union Building, 3-5-7 Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo
Time：Lunch 11:30-16:00 (L.O 15:00), Dinner 17:00-23:00 (L.O 22:00)
Sunday・Holiday 17:00-22：00（L.O 21:00）
Credit Card：VISA, MASTER, JCB, Diners
Station：Ikebukuro station (池袋駅)
Access：6 minute walk from JR Ikebukuro station east exit/ 6 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Yuurakucho Line (東京メトロ有楽町線) Higashi-ikebukuro station (東池袋駅) Exit 2
Price：Lunch 1000-2000 yen, Dinner 2000-3000 yen
＊Besides "AIN SOPH.Soar", they have "AIN SOPH.GINZA" (アインソフ 銀座) (temporary close because of the construction of the building as of September 2014), and "AIN SOPH.Journey" in Shinjuku (新宿).