Traditional Japanese cuisine often uses cooked rice as the principal carb for a meal, but a lot of side dishes may contain gluten, and usually even gluten-free foods may be contaminated by the other dishes. So, even if it seems that a meal set doesn’t contain any gluten, it’s best to ask the staff and make sure, or just go to a restaurant that offers gluten-free options on the menu. This list shows 10 restaurants in Tokyo offer gluten-free dishes so that you can relax and enjoy your meal to the fullest.
1. REVIVE THREE KITCHENS
This is a very cool and Instagram-approved restaurant! There you can find elegant cold-pressed juices, original drinks and, of course, a lot of meal options! Revive Three Kitchen is open from breakfast until dinner, and from the website, you can check the menu for each time of the day. They offer rice bread in place of regular bread and gluten-free pancakes, avocado toast, noodles…you will have some good choices there! We also recommend trying the sweet selection full of interesting and delicious parfaits made with rice milk cream. In the same building, there is also a spa and a shop selling mostly beauty products.
Address: 3-12-13 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2. Natural Kitchen Tokyo Omotesando
This restaurant started its menu around the gluten-free Coriander menu, pancakes made from high-quality strawberries and a scientific cuisine using top ingredients from Kyushu, but it’s continuously expanding its menu choices with new drinks and cocktails, lunch and dinner options, etc. the atmosphere here is very chilled and the ambient is bright, with pastel colors and a lot of green! Pancakes and crepes are the most recommended, and they’re all made gluten-free, so you’ll have a huge choice! There are also some pasta dishes, so it’s a great place for lunch or dinner as well. Enjoy the aesthetic of Natural kitchen and have a good time!
Website: http://naturalcreamkitchen.tokyo/#brand (Japanese only)
Address: GYRE B1F 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3. Gluten-free cafe Little Bird
Here is an all gluten-free café for the best break! Stop here for gluten free pancakes, fantastic sweets, noodles, pizza and a lot of ready-made snacks! It seems Café Little Bird knows how to satisfy its customers both on site and after, right? A lot of gluten-free travelers, in fact, find it a little challenging to get some good snacks without the danger of gluten contaminations, so this is the best place to do also some shopping for your future trips.
Address: Tokyo JP Building 3F 1-1-20 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
4. BROOK’S ME-BYO café
Brook’s ME-BYO Cafè promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing nutrient and delicious food! It uses fresh ingredients from Kanagawa Prefecture and worries also about mental health, offering a relaxing ambient where you can eat satisfying meals surrounded by the nature of their internal garden. So, you can expect comfort and high-quality food in Harajuku, an area where you can also go shopping and find a lot of interesting activities. Drinks and sweets cover an important part of the menu, and they’re made from soy milk, fresh vegetables, rice flour, etc. to promote a healthy body. For what regards the food options there are gluten-free and vegan options including a gluten-free bento to grab on the go.
Address: Harajuku Hakkakukan Building 1F/B1F, 6-4-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
How many times did you think about eating curry in Japan? Japanese curry is a bit different from the original Indian curry, and it’s very interesting to try, but as always, it’s at risk of gluten contamination. Especially if it’s a craft curry sauce, there is a high chance that white flour has been used to make it thicker. But you don’t have to worry about all this when dining in Mokubaza! They guarantee that any flour or chemicals are not being used in their curry, to make it a healthier option even as a dinner meal. The dishes presentation is also quite appealing, and you have all the menu to choose from!!
Address: 1F 2-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Ever thought about checking a bread shop in Japan? Of course not, but with Komehiro you can also enjoy some delicious bread without any worry! Komehiro bread is made with rice flour, so it’s naturally gluten-free and also very healthy. The bread and sweets are also very pleasant-looking and often of bright, natural colors. This bakery is perfect for a grab and go snack, but also as a filling breakfast.
Website: https://www.comehiro.com/ (Japanese only)
Address: 2 Chome-3-18 Sakai, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
7. RIGOLETTO Short Hills Nakameguro
This is a restaurant specialized in three different cuisines, including Italian with pasta and pizza. But all the pasta on the menu can be substituted to gluten-free penne, giving you a huge choice! Rigoletto Short Hills Nakameguro offers an elegant terrace with Moroccan-style pieces of furniture blending together Italian, Spanish and Moroccan cuisine. This restaurant is perfect for a chic dinner night, thanks to its sophisticated ambient, but you can also enjoy the terrace view tasting their lunch menu.
Address: 1-2-13, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
8. Ramen Soranoiro
You’ve been walking all day, fighting in the crowd of the most popular streets of Tokyo to enjoy its monuments and attractions, and now you are completely burned out and starving. If you can relate to this, then it’s time to get some ramen! At Ramen Soranoiro you can ask for rice noodles as a substitute of usual noodles and come alive with a fantastic ramen bowl. There you can also find a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, that is still quite rare in Tokyo, so enjoy your break and prepare yourself for a wonderful night out!
Address: Blue Building Main Building 1 B, 1-3-10 Hirakawacho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
9. Greedy Raw Sweets
As the name says, this shop is for greedy sweet eaters! From juices to brownies, raw cakes and tarts…everything is delicious and so beautiful-looking! Greed Raw Sweets serves elegant western-style sweets using healthy super foods such as quinoa, coconut oil, etc. As you can guess, they also have a lot of gluten free options to let enjoy their fantastic sweets to anyone, so make sure to ask the staff and have a good snack!
Website: http://greedy-raw.com/ (Japanese only)
Address: Dukeyama Tuelv 1F, 10-10 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Here you can have the pleasure of delicious gluten-free pasta made with soy flour. Every pasta dish in the menu can be turned in a gluten-free option, so feel free to order anything you like and make sure to ask the staff. SentoBene usually offers course meal which may vary on lunch and dinner time, but the quality is always a must, and you can expect a genuine Italian experience.
Website: http://sento-bene.com/index.html (Japanese only)
Address: Bell Town Aoyama 2nd Floor, 3-1-28 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
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