More Than Tofu: Sasaya Café
Created out of a former warehouse, Sasaya Café boasts high ceilings, ample personal space and main doors opening onto Oyokokawa Water Park, a sanctuary of silence and greenery in Sumida-ku. Separated from the rest by a glass wall, the front fifth of the restaurant even allows patrons to have their dogs sit by their tables. Manager Hisako Shinohara shares her motivation for opening this vegan establishment: “I enjoy vegetarian food, but I often find that vegetarian restaurants are either unwelcoming or their food sacrifices flavor under the pretext of healthy eating.” Taking matters into her own hands, she created a place where people walking in off the street could feel welcome—be they young people, adults with families, the elderly or people with disabilities. Sasaya Café offers time-appropriate dishes from breakfast until early evening, including muffins, curry sets, sandwiches and salad plates. Desserts include animal-free takes on classics like ice cream, puddings, pies and cobblers. All items on the menu are vegan, with meal prices typically ranging from ¥1,000-¥1,500.
Address: 1-1-10 Yokokawa, Sumida-ku.
Open daily 8:30am-6pm, closed second Mon monthly.
Nearest stn: Kinshicho.
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