Being “vegan” is still seen as a health trend in Japan, so I’ve noticed a lot of food from plant-based cafes and restaurants is often on the healthier side. Although there is nothing wrong with that and I actively enjoy those dishes, sometimes you just NEED junk food! That was certainly the case earlier on whilst living in Japan, so I got researching and soon found 2foods, a place that did just that in the middle of Shibuya!
2foods is a fully plant-based eatery with 5 locations around Tokyo known for their “healthy junk food”. They serve vegan foods such as burgers, omurice, and chicken nuggets with colourful dipping sauces and have a brilliant selection of sweets and drinks. They are also listed as one of the top-rated bakeries in Tokyo on HappyCow!
2foods Shibuya was the first place I visited that had vegan sweet treats since moving to Japan. It made me realise it’s not as impossible as I first thought and made me feel excited about discovering all the other delicious vegan food in Japan!
The 2foods concept
The concept at 2foods is “Healthy Junk Food”, to create a healthier version of everyone’s favourite comfort foods using healthier ingredients. The aim is for people to be healthier physically and mentally through ethically sourced plant-based foods that excite the taste buds whilst spreading the knowledge and benefits of it.
2foods Shibuya space
To get to 2foods, you have to go through Loft, a Japanese department store as it’s on the 2nd floor past the beauty products. The space is full of light and has quite a few seats to choose from. On the left-hand side of the “restaurant”, you go up a step and are met with a colourful wall filled with wall art and their concept, “Healthy Junk Food” written in neon writing.
The menu at 2foods
At 2foods, they have a solid fully plant-based menu for a reasonable price. For mains, they have burgers, omurice, curries and ramen, and a nice selection of desserts that often changes during different seasons. The food here reminds me a little of this awesome spot in Ginza!
I can’t comment on their savoury dishes yet as each time I’ve visited, I’ve gone for a sweet treat and a drink. But hopefully, I’ll be going back soon to try their savoury menu as I’m especially curious to try their omurice.
This dish used to be my go-to as a child if I went to a restaurant, (as well as corn soup) so I’m eager to try it! The only other time I tried a mock egg was at this vegan restaurant in Okayama and although nice, it wasn’t very egg-like.
The real question is, do I go for the classic ketchup omurice or their demiglace omurice?!
Caramel Apple Pie | キャラメルアップルパイ
This apple pie was lovely! The pie was moist and layered delicately with cream and pie crust. The caramel sauce made from organic sugar and agave syrup was the perfect sweetness paired with the vegan apple pie. The only slight issue I had with it was the size. It was so teeny I finished it in three mouthfuls, I just wished it lasted a little longer, haha!
Price: ¥680 (£3.77/ $4.85)
Raspberry pistachio doughnuts | ラズベリーピスタチオドーナツ
It’s sweet yet tart, and the raspberries give the doughnut such a vibrant colour. Biting into it you are met with a fluffy dough and a crunchiness from the pistachios, very yummy!
Price: ¥440 (£2.44/ $3.14)
Gateau Chocolate | 生食感の濃厚ガトーショコラ
A rich and smooth gateau chocolate made from rice flour. It’s very soft and melts in your mouth and also paired perfectly with their vanilla ice cream!
Price: ¥550 (£3.05/ $3.92)
2foods plantbase drinks
For cold drinks, they have lemonade, pressed juice, ginger ale and an organic craft coke. And for the tea and coffee lovers out there, they have a selection of 3 to choose from which you can have either hot or cold. Oat milk is the only plant-based milk on offer and I can attest that their latte and matcha latte works perfectly with it.
Jonny tried their special edition adzuki bean matcha latte which was… interesting! Partial bits of the bean would get sucked up when you’d drink it and I wasn’t sure about the texture it added.
To be honest, I’m just unsure in general when it comes to adzuki beans. I’m not sure if I like them or dislike them…. Still haven’t made my mind up on that one. Jonny on the other hand did enjoy this matcha latte!
We are matcha fans and love getting the cold matcha latte from Starbucks at the moment!
Special edition food
They bring out special edition items during different seasons. The first time we came here in October, they had Halloween-themed foods and desserts which I could not resist!
We tried the Halloween-themed doughnut and a parfait which came with a whole purin (a creme caramel), with different layers of flavour and textures. I was very happy about that!
As well as being somewhere to get a meal, it’s also a place in Tokyo to buy frozen vegan food. These types of products are not seen in everyday Japan, and can often be hard to come by unless you shop online, so it’s very nice to have vegan junk food be so accessible.
From the fridge and freezer section, you can buy:
- Chicken nuggets
- Packets of easy-to-eat curry
- Ever egg
- Gateau Chocolate
- Brulee cheesecake
- Apple pie
- Ice cream
Things that are close to 2foods Shibuya
- Shibuya Scramble | 4 min walk
- Yoyogi Park | 7 min walk
- Meiji Jingu | 32 min walk
- Shibuya Sky | 7 min walk
- Find Hachiko | 5 min walk
Vegan food options close to 2foods Shibuya
V = Vegan, VO = Vegan Options
- Jikasei Mensho | VO | 4 min walk
- Falafel Brothers, Shibuya | V | 6 min walk
- Izakaya Masaka | V | 5 min walk
- CARVAAN Delicatessen & Beer Stop | VO | 5 min walk
- Bio Cafe | VO | 3 min walk
How to get to 2foods Shibuya
Udagawa 21-1 Shibuya Loft 2F, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 150-0042
2 min walk from Shibuya Station
Sunday to Thursday 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 22:30
So with the number of vegan options close to Shibuya, is 2foods worth the visit? I definitely think so!
For those living in Japan, the junk food at 2foods makes for a nice and indulgent treat. And for those travelling to Japan, it makes for a nice place to have a lunch, dinner or coffee break when you’re exploring Shibuya as well as a great excuse to try Japanese vegan junk food! (not that you ever need an excuse ^-^)
Still looking for a great lunch or dinner spot? You might want to check out this fully vegan Izakaya in Tokyo!