Ain Soph Soar

Vegan eats close to Ikebukuro Station

By Kim B    - 2 min read

In early summer I had a friend come and visit Japan, and that friend of mine is vegan. That means we have to hunt down vegan eateries to dine at, but thankfully there are quite a number of great options to enjoy in Tokyo - and more and more are popping up all the time. We had both previously eaten at Ain Soph Ripple in Shinjuku, so we decided to try their sister restaurant Ain Soph Soar in Ikebukuro.

The first thing you'll notice when you walk in is the decor. It has a bit of a farmhouse/rustic chic vibe to it, with whitewashed tables, charmingly mismatched chairs, and potted greenery scattered around. We felt comfortable right away! The true test though of any good restaurant is ultimately the food, and we were impressed there too.

The menu at Ain Soph Soar is quite different from the decidedly "comfort-food" approach of Ain Soph Ripple. At Soar, you'll find weekday lunch offerings that include the likes of a brightly colored vegetable paella, a vegan take on the Okinawan staple dish of taco rice that uses soy meat, and a hayashi rice that incorporates mushrooms for texture instead of beef. You're able to order a la carte off the menu or opt for some of their lunch sets which include multiple courses if you're feeling particularly hungry.

Those with a sweet tooth don't miss out here either. Their pancakes are incredible, and have the additional benefit of being gluten free as well as vegan. Many of their cake and muffin selections seem to rotate on a seasonal basis, but the pancakes are a permanent item.

Getting there

Ain Soph Soar is located an easy 10 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station. The restaurant is also in close proximity to other local attractions like the Sunshine Aquarium.

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Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi 11 months ago
A lot of traditional dishes in Japan are based on sansai mountain vegetables. Do they feature here?
Sleiman Azizi 11 months ago
Sweet! Thanks for that.
Lynda Hogan 11 months ago
I've noticed an increase in vegan restaurants in Saitama lately, I have yet to try one though... or rather I've yet to try any of the vegan offerings. I have been to one, but just for coffee!
Kim B Author 11 months ago
I feel like they're growing all the time!
Elizabeth S 11 months ago
Great find! I'll recommend it to my vegan friends. That mushroom-laden hayashi rice looks so good!
Kim B Author 11 months ago
Really really good! I think they were a great substitute for meat.