In a city where fish is king, it can be hard to find a decent high-end vegetarian dining option, especially when it comes to the national delicacy that is sushi, traditionally prepared with the best cuts of raw fish. However at Vegetable Sushi Potager, the upmarket restaurant from Nakameguro’s Patisserie Potager group, the iconic staple dish was elevated using premium and locally-sourced ingredients – all vegetarian-friendly. But while the restaurant’s closure earlier this year devastated the city’s herbivores, a new Potager venture brings a glimmer of light to the briefly darkened veggie scene, with delicatessen-style eatery and market Potager Marche’s debut in June.
Here, in this swanky meat-free shop, you’ll find all manner of vegetal offerings including innovative nigiri where perfectly sliced tomatoes almost convince the eye that it’s tuna, and seasonal favourites like oyster mushrooms and Hokkaido potatoes expertly showcase the diversity of local produce. For those on the go, there’s a smart selection of bento boxes, as well a section dedicated to fresh fruit and organic produce for savvy home cooks. In fact, Potager Marche boasts an impressive display of Tokyo’s best flavours and techniques, and we think even Tokyo’s most ardent carnivores will love this feel-good food.