Written by Jasmine O
THE FARM CAFE, Asakusa - Delicious And Healthy Vegan Dishes For All
THE FARM CAFE is a riverside cafe in Asakusa where all can savor satisfying dishes. The delicious vegan menu of Japanese and Western food, along with gluten-free and halal options will please all diners.
THE FARM CAFE - A Hidden, Riverside Gem in Asakusa
Experience a serene side of Asakusa at THE FARM CAFE, a restaurant on the banks of the Sumida River serving delicious, nutritious, and colorful dishes all diners can enjoy. The vegan menu full of flavorful dishes, desserts, and lattes, and the stylish atmosphere of the cozy cafe charm all who visit.
Although it's very close to bustling Sensoji Temple, THE FARM CAFE is on a quiet side street, which makes it ideal for taking a break from sightseeing in Asakusa. Continue reading to learn more about this cafe and its dedicated owner.
Plant-Based Food For All, With Passion
THE FARM CAFE was renewed from an older restaurant and opened officially on October 2018. Interested initially in vegetarianism, health, and fitness, the owner decided to offer plant-based food with a balance of nutrition and flavor. One of the few options for vegetarian and vegan food in the Asakusa area, the cafe receives many guests.
The entirely vegan dishes here are also great those with allergies, those looking for halal-friendly food, and anyone wanting to enjoy eating deliciously-prepared vegetables.
Each dish is made-to-order using with local, high-quality ingredients. Seasonings and sauces are made from scratch, and no additives are used. Everything is cooked in coconut oil.
The cafe is a cozy space ideal for solo diners and small groups; if you have a larger group, be sure to call to make a reservation. The tables and interior are rustic and charming, and the counter seats by the window allow you to look out on the river and people watch.
Choose from Vegan Japanese and Western Dishes
A sample of the menu; ingredients and dishes vary by what is in-season.
Guests can order from a large menu with both Japanese and Western-style dishes, like tempura rice bowls, falafel, sandwiches. The menu is written in Japanese and English, making it easy to order.
As seasonal ingredients are key to the cafe's menu, the vegetables, and dishes available change by time of year. The owner also experiments with different recipes and dishes, making each visit exciting.
For those wanting a little of everything, try a 3 or 4-dish plate where you can choose different sides and bread or rice. Pictured above is the 3-dish plate with avocado with mushroom, fried soy meat, and Japanese tempura (1,620 yen with tax).
The vegetable tempura is crispy, light, and flavorful. The plate above contained vegetables like shiitake mushroom, sweet potato, Japanese pumpkin and other seasonal selections. Tempura at the cafe is prepared with chickpea flour instead of wheat, making it gluten-free (when eaten with salt). The crunchy, juicy fried soy meat has a great texture and flavor.
The avocado and mushroom are delicious, with the creamy avocado complemented by a savory mushroom paste. It takes great when mixed with the multigrain rice on the side.
For something simple, another popular option is the Fried Soymeat Rice Bowl (980 yen for regular (pictured); 1,380 yen for large; prices include tax). The soy meat karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), is crunchy, savory, and simply delicious. It comes on a bed of multigrain rice and greens and cherry tomatoes. The greens and soy meat are dressed with light vegan mayonnaise, adding a creamy, satisfying component to the dish.
For drinks, you can choose from a selection of hot and cold beverages, including lattes, coffee, tea, and Japanese craft beer. Pictured above is a hot matcha soy latte (540 yen with tax). The lattes and drinks do not come sweetened, but you can ask for sweetener.
How to Get to THE FARM CAFE
THE FARM CAFE is just a few minutes away from Sensoji Temple and Asakusa stations. If coming directly from Sensoji Temple, head towards Sumida River and turn down Sukeroku Yumedori Street (above). You will be able to see Tokyo Skytree faintly in the background on the other side of the river.
Continue walking down the side street until you see the storefront.
For those coming directly from public transportation, it is around one minute away on foot from Tobu Skytree Asakusa Station and exit A5 of Asakusa Station (Ginza Line Tokyo Metro). It is around a 4-minute walk from exit A3 of the Toei Subway Asakusa Station (Asakusa Line).
Savor Nutritious and Flavorful Vegan Food in Asakusa
THE FARM CAFE is a special restaurant near Sensoji Temple and major sightseeing spots in Asakusa. Take a break from the bustle of the main area and stop by for lunch or teatime. From the carefully-prepared food to the adorable interior, you'll feel right at home.
THE FARM CAFE
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Hanakawado 1-3-3 Google Map
Business Hours: Tuesday through Fridays - 11:30 - 15:00 (last order at 14:00); Saturday, Sunday, public holidays - 10:00 - 15:00 (last order 14:00). Starting April 1, 2020, the cafe will be open until 22:00 (last order at 21:00)
Holidays: every Monday. If a public holiday falls on a Monday, the cafe is open and will be closed the following day.
In cooperation with THE FARM CAFE