More Than Tofu: Chien-Fu
When Chien-Fu Lee came to Japan as a foreign student in 1986, he found it so difficult to find vegetarian restaurants that he decided to open his own, Chien-Fu, in Kunitachi after graduation. In 2012, he opened a sister restaurant in Roppongi. The ambiance of Chien-Fu’s Roppongi branch is slightly elegant, with antique-style door frames and ceiling mouldings, as well as a vintage chandelier. Hisatoshi Otsuka, the manager at this location, estimates that 70 percent of patrons are women, and 40 percent are foreigners. “Customers find that as they live following this type of diet, it’s not only their bodies that change for the better, but their spirits as well,” he says. Chien-Fu offers vegan versions of popular Chinese dishes (like hot-and-sour ramen) as well as vegan “fish” and “meat” dishes—their meatballs being especially popular. A la carte options and full-course meals are available for both lunch and dinner, with prices ranging from ¥980-¥3,000.
Kunitachi: Naka Ichi Bldg, 1-19-8 Naka, Kunitachi.
Nearest stn: Kunitachi.
Roppongi: 3-1-22 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku.
Nearest stn: Roppongi.
Open daily 11:20am-2:30pm (lunch) & 5-9:30pm (dinner).
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