Vegan organic Japanese lunch at Genmai café: Osaka

The name of this cafe is “Genmai”, meaning brown rice in Japanese. It is 100% plant-based, with its menu focusing on, you guessed it – organic brown rice! It is located in Honmachi, Osaka, a vibrant, bustling area that is home to many office buildings and an array of business people. We arrived at this cafe just in time for opening at 11:00 a.m.

At the entrance, there is a menu alongside a food sample display box known as “Sampuru”. They are very popular in Japan, as the realistic replicas of dishes are used to entice customers into the store. – Doesn’t the food look so pretty?

Sampuru – Japanese food sample display box

I ordered “ichiju-gosai”. This dish consisted of brown rice, a soup of the day, a main dish of the day, five small items and a wild herb tea.

“ichiju-gosai” – ¥1320

Genmai cafe tends to change their side dishes weekly, while their main dishes are swapped out daily! Today’s main dish, however, was thick, grilled, deep-fried tofu seasoned with sesame soy sauce. The weekly dishes on offer range from the following:

Korean-style komatsuna salad (left) wakame & new onion sunomono-Japanese  vinegarette salad (right)

hijiki seaweeds, soybeans, aburaage and carrot nimono ( simmered in soy, mirin and dashi ) and salad (left)  and Unohana cooked with fermented rice salt (right)

My hubby decided to order the brown rice waffle. This came with gluten-free brown rice waffles alongside soy cream, jam and some sweet red bean paste.


Brown rice waffle – ¥935

Each set menu comes with a sachet, which is actually a fermented brown rice whole nutrient enzyme powder. This is absolutely great for vitamin B!

Since our meals were nice and light, we had extra space for some more yummy, healthy desserts! My hubby was craving the brown rice muffins on display. They had five different flavours: blueberry, brown sugar & ginger, apple cinnamon, figs & walnuts, and tomato sauce. Can you guess which one he chose?… the apple cinnamon muffin, of course!



Brown rice flour muffin (Apple cinnamon) – ¥451

I chose wagashi, which is a traditional Japanese sweet. Monaka is a Wagashi type with a red bean paste filling sandwiched between two crisp wafers. However, the one that I had at Genmai was a more fancy, fun version of Monaka, which included mochi, soy cream, sweet green bean paste and sweet black beans. Compared to the normal Monaka, which is already sandwiched, I got to sandwich the ingredients myself!


Monaka sandwich – ¥684

Even after having these desserts, our tummies still felt light and fabulous!

Next, we headed downstairs to their health foods stall.


They had a great variety of healthy food options in store! This is what we decided to buy:

  • Lotus root powder
  • Soy yoghurt culture powder
  • Yuzo potato chips
  • Carrot chips
  • Two vegan chocolates – for my sweet-toothed hubby


When you travel, you tend to eat lots of junk food, so this is a great place to visit in order to both rest and heal your stomach. It’s super nourishing, so I highly recommend you visit this place!

Genmai Cafe 

Address: 3-6-9 Minamikyuhoujicho, Chuoku, Osaka, Japan





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