1. Broccoli Revolution (all vegan)—899 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Why Go? A sublime atmosphere in the heart of a huge city. Excellent preparation and presentation. Friendly service. Vegan desserts and cheeses available. Accepts credit cards. Charging outlets available. Complimentary ice water with cucumber & orange available (not always so in Thai restaurants).
Best Dishes Tasted: Vietnamese tofu with lemongrass appetizer; Pad Thai (the authentic deal!); Burmese potato dish (may have been a special)
Most Unique Because…A Thai chef prepares the Thai dishes; a Vietnamese chef prepares the Vietnamese dishes; a Burmese chef prepares the Burmese dishes
2. Ain Soph.Ripple (all vegan)—Shinjuku-ku Kabuki-cho 2-46-8, Nissho Building 1F, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0021
Why Go? Very friendly, diligent service. Excellent quality and preparation. Charging outlet at every seat (!!). Casual, relaxed atmosphere.
Best Dishes Tasted: French toast; cheeseburger with avocado; crispy chicken sandwich; chocolate chip cookie
Most Unique Because: Probably the best French toast I’ve ever had…and it was in Tokyo! Shredded coconut on top with cinnamon and just the right amount of syrup (a sour cream-type dip optional, which I did not prefer).
Why Go? Offers a huge, wide ranging selection of breads, cakes, cookies, crossaints and other remarkable concoctions. Nothing too heavy or sugary or greasy.
Best Dishes Tasted: green tea frappucinos (!); sweet potato cake; lemon cream pastry
Most Unique Because: Owner is super nice and twice in one sitting came out and gave me free items. First, a crossaint. Second, a cream filled bread. Both delicious, as everything was. Again, nothing was too sugary tasting or heavy.
Why Go? I have never heard of a fruit only restaurant before! (though they also offer sticky rice–highly recommended) An opportunity to sit on the 17th/18th (?) floor of Thailand’s tallest building and eat a wide array of tropical fruits, including unusual things like yellow watermelon and jackfruit. The durian…well, try it (I now have and that was probably a one time deal).
Fruits tasted: [see below]
Most Unique Because: It’s a fruitarian’s dream come true! Also, the all you can eat buffet (for 90 minutes) includes admission to the observatory at the tower’s top.
Why Go? Excellent service in a comfortable setting with a super luxury mall along a river. Prices more reasonable than some other places and the dessert set is excellent.
Best Dishes Tasted: Veggie burger set (includes a coffee or tea and soup); some kind of crab cake-like entree set; dessert set (enjoy with your coffee; sliver of chocolate cake, your choice of a muffin–try green tea–dollop of soy whip cream with slivers of plum and slice of orange for about $5); Japanese bento box specialties from Evah’s take out place in Hakata Station–near East Gate exit, I believe
Most Unique Because: charging outlet by table (!); crab cake-like entree was awesome; prices reasonable within such a luxury mall as this (with actual stone floors inside)