Авокадо (Avocado) / Moscow, Russia
There were two different locations around city center in Moscow when I was there (8/2010), the food wasn’t incredible but options are slim in Moscow and this is as good as it gets!
The cold gazpacho (pictured) was really great on a blistering hot summer day.
Napfényes Étterem / Budapest, Hungary / (8-2010)
This place is awesome, I went as many times as I could while I was in Budapest. The menu features vegan versions of some traditional Hungarian dishes as well as Italian, and some nice daily specials and yummy desserts.
My favorite was the Goulash, served in your own personal cauldron piping hot with molten soy cheese; its a meal in itself depending on how hungry you are.
The Hungarian style pizza comes with big chunks of savory seitan and is big enough to split with a friend or plan on taking half back to your hotel room like I did.
The Seitan, Potatoes and Onions dish was actually really good. Fairly simple but massive portion and very flavorful, its based on a hungarian standard.
I had the Raspberry soup from one of the daily specials. The fruit soup thing is something new to me but seems popular in Hungary and Russia. It wasn’t overly sweet, but slightly tart and wasn’t served cold either, more of a room temperature.
Definitely check this place out if you’re in Budapest, no need to go hungry in Hungary!
Ботаника (Botanika) / St. Petersburg, Russia / (8-2010)
If you want to try some vegan borscht, here’s your place!
Vegan Healing Cafe / Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (3/2010)
This is a nice cozy little cafe, I just stopped in for a piece of cake (which was yummy) and some espresso when I took these pics, but they have full lunch and dinner sets available also.
It’s relatively easy to find (for Tokyo), just up the hill to the left near Tokyu Hands. So you can stop by for a snack after a long day of shopping for cell phone charms.
Veggie Bento Boxes at Train Stations in Japan / Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
If you get a Japan Rail Pass and plan on using it, you’ll end up at the train station a lot like I did… and well, vegans rejoice, there is food for you hidden in there somewhere, and its surprisingly tasty!
They came with a nice little assortment of white and purple rice balls, veggie tempura, assorted steamed veggies, a knot of kombu seaweed, sweet beans, and a yummy pickled plum (kind of an acquired taste).
To track them down I started by asking the lunch box shops in broken japanese which one had no meat and no fish, then after a couple times I recognized the outer packaging as having veggies printed all over it… Then I just ordered it by pointing or by number.
This probably isn’t grammatically correct, but it should be enough preceded by a “sumimasen” and some pointing:
Dore wa niku nashi desu ka? (Which one no Meat?)
Dore wa sakana nashi desu ka? (Which one no Fish?)
Nagishokudo - Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
This place is a contender for my favorite vegan spot in Tokyo. The picture is of vegan minced “Duck”, which was incredible. This was only one of many meals I had here, but I spent more time eating than taking pictures for some reason… ;)
The dinner menu varied each time I was there, (only a few days apart) and everything I had was fresh and flavorful. Had a really nice vibe too; friendly staff, cool music, Japanese and Western seating.
It’s a bit tricky to find and there is a place near by with a similar name so study a map carefully. Coming from the main exit at Shibuya, you want to cross the pedestrian bridge to the left towards the guitar area. Head up the hill several blocks. The restaurant itself is across from a post office, and its sort of below ground…
Pure Cafe Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan (1st floor of the Aveda building) (3/2010)
This place had a delicious and inexpensive dinner set and the location was really easy to find. The picture is a vegan enchilada, which was really good despite my strong skepticism of eating mexican food anywhere in asia…
M Cafe de Chaya Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan (3/2010)
This isn’t too difficult to find, but its a little out of the way, and located within the food court of a business complex. Apparently it’s the same chain as the one in Hollywood and the steepish prices and high quality of food and desserts definitely reflect that.
It wasn’t cheap, but I had this massive delicious feast of a dinner set and added a yummy tiramisu for dessert…
mumokuteki Kyoto, Japan (3/2010)
Not very difficult to find, restaurant is upstairs. The ramen set was amazing, exactly what I had been craving for days… It can be frustrating seeing ramen shops everywhere and not being able to just duck in and grab some like everybody else.
Hans Wurst Vegan Cafe (R.I.P) - Prenzlauer Berg Berlin, Germany (8/2009)
This was my favorite place to eat in Berlin when I was there last summer. Really cool friendly people, nice atmosphere, always good music on the stereo…
Sorry for the terrible iPhone pictures, but its an all you can eat brunch buffet paired with some Club Mate.
Sadly, I found out they just closed so you’ll have to take my word for it when I say Hans Wurst was a really special place and will be missed. :(
Krishna Palermo-Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina (11/2010)
I love the sauteed seitan and the fresh ginger lemonade. I would recommend the brown rice as a side dish.
They usually offer you a cup of Chai after your meal, if you’re vegan ask for Chai sin leche.
I’ve been eating here a lot, mostly because its 2 blocks from my apartment… ;) The staff are pretty nice and I heard from a friend that the owners also run this magazine called wipe which is really cool.
Interesting decor, kind of a pan religious/ hare krishna/ psych/ disco/ preschool theme. Why are the tables and chairs so tiny I wonder?
Milanesas De Soja - Argentina
Not the most exciting thing I’ve eaten by a long shot, but in a land obsessed with charred animal flesh, these things can be a life-saver for a hungry vegan traveler.
Milanesa De Soja translates roughly to “soy cutlet” as far as I can tell. They are like thin oval shaped veggie burger patties and they are everywhere! Most of them are vegan, but some are stuffed with cheese.
I was pretty surprised at how common these things are, from corner markets to grocery stores, and on lots of pretty normal “Porteño” restaurants and resto-bar menus.
My Spanish sucks, but be warned, if you ask for one at a restaurant, make sure you’re actually ordering a sandwich… I don’t know what the deal is, but more than once I ended up with just the cooked patty on a plate. :(
La Esquina de las Flores - Palermo-Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina (11/2010)
Nice chill vegetarian restaurant with outdoor patio in a trendy shopping area. Nothing too exciting, but they have some great Pumpkin Tofu raviolis (if you’re lucky) and good ginger lemonade.
Bio Vegetarian Restaurant - Palermo-Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina (11/2010)
Bio is pretty small and seems to fill up quickly, for good reason. This is the most flavorful vegan food I had anywhere in Buenos Aires. My favorite was the Seitan Steaks which come marinated in a rich spicy citrus sauce, topped with slivers of pickled jalapeño peppers and garlic. Pretty exotic for local standards. The Antares porter is a nice local BsAs brew with dark color, distinct coffee notes and a sharp finish.
Even if you aren’t vegan, if you’re staying in BsAs you have to check this place out, man cannot survive on Parillas alone!
Mateo’s Tulum, Mexico (2/2012)
The grilled veggie burrito was great, and I love their really spicy salsa! I usually had to ask for it though. The fajitas were really awesome too, but I didn’t get a photo…
I ended up eating here a lot, but depending on how busy it is, you should be prepared to wait at least an hour for your food…