Vegan Tofu An (North of Israel)

This little restaurant is located in a very small and not so visited town not so far from Caesarea, between Haifa and Natania. It’s a bit far for us to go just to go to the restaurant. So for our anniversary, my wife rented a caravan and took me on a surprise trip to the north. at the end of the trip, on our way back we stopped at the Vegan Tofu An, a very recommended Japanese Restaurant. it’s on the back of this address, so look for it a bit. the restaurant is open only from Wednesday to Friday 12–4:30PM Monday through Thursday 12:00-21:00 Friday 12:00-16:30 But we always call before to check and order a table.

This tiny restaurant is a bucolic garden in the middle of Binyamina – certainly, no one expects to find here any restaurant – The Japanese-vegan menu is focused, and based largely on dishes prepared with tofu, with affordable price tags.

The place looks very simple, in our first visit Oct 2016, the waitresses were young teenagers with very little experience with how to serve customers though they did try and I felt they done the best they knew, it was charming. On our second visit, we found a much more professional service, without losing the special feel of innocence in the service.
Well, the food was wonderful, We heard that the menu changes every day but this is the menu we had on that day. I guess it’s not all different every day, just some of it.

Tofu An is a vegan restaurant even though any non-vegan guest will not feel here a lack of meat or fish. The choice to put the tofu in the center, and give it the respect it deserves as a raw material that is handmade by the restaurant owner herself, only made us appreciate this place even more. In addition.

We will start with our latest visit ( I left the old post on the bottom of this one) My wife was in Binyamina town and asked me to come to eat once again at Tofu An. I agreed and took an hour train (half an hour from Tel Aviv) then we made a half an hour walk from the train station to the other side of the town. We saw some weird stuff, a bit like being abroad, we enjoyed it very much,

We love Agedashi tofu so this was our first dish to order. It is Vegan Tofu An cubes in a crisp coating in a dashi soup.
We love Agedashi tofu so this was our first dish to order. It is Vegan Tofu An cubes in a crisp coating in a dashi soup.

It was served with a little ginger Radish zests we asked for more 🙂

Vegan Tofu An Yakko  Fresh tofu with sesame oil and green onion.
Vegan Tofu An Yakko  Fresh tofu with sesame oil and green onion.

It was great to taste the raw tofu in this dish it was a mid-soft tofu, delicious. keep in mind this dish is without dominant flavors. A very delicate tastes.

Vegan Tofu An Karaage Tofu balls
Vegan Tofu An Karaage Tofu balls

We got 6 shapeless balls fried with a sesame-based coating.  It was a refreshing dish, we never tried something like that before. It was served on a lattice leaf with homemade ketchup on the side (not sure if its a japanize sauce) I think a sweet chili sauce or vegan chili-mayo could be more homogenous to the dish.

Vegan Tofu An Spring roll
Vegan Tofu An Spring roll

Vegan Tofu An Spring roll

The spring roll was very simple as expected but I really liked the sauce that was based on peanut butter.

This week special: Vegan Tofu An Curry with vegetables and lentils, a little spicy, very tasty

This week special: Vegan Tofu An Curry with vegetables and lentils, a little spicy, very tasty

they serve it with miso soup and rice. I love miso soup, and they make it very well. the rice was a bit too simple. It was sticky buy to made from the sticky rice kind. so it fealt more like a over cooked rice. Still, the dish was very well served and we loved it. the curry was rich and tasty.

Vegan Tofu An Banana Cake with some kind of coconut cream.

Vegan Tofu An Banana Cake with some kind of coconut cream.

 

 

The first time at Vegan Tofu An:

The vegan choice allows maintaining a very moderate price range, so our first time we had a satisfying meal for two can cost as low as 98 shekels (without drinks).

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well, our order choices were of big eyes and an empty belly.

My wife loves a good ramen soup, so naturally, we ordered the Vegan Tofu An Ramen soup Kitsune with soba noodles and fried tofu.

Vegan Tofu An Ramen soup Kitsune with soba noodles and fried tofu.

we were served a big soup, it was large as ramen should be, the noodles were soft but not mushy (show it was freshly made), the tofu was a medium soft. everything was just the way we like it, the perfect ramen. It was served on a nice black-red wooden tray in a Traditional black-red bowl with a match tablespoon.


Vegan Tofu An Korokke Tofu latkes

Our next dish was Vegan Tofu An Korokke Tofu latkes, with fresh vegetables of cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, Alfalfa sprouts, and more. the latkes were crisp outside and very soft inside. with very distinguishable delicate japanize flavors. We loved this dish, so we took another picture after the first bite.

Vegan Tofu An Korokke Tofu latkes

The tofu is so soft inside that it looks like a mashed potato. It was served as a meal with extra Miso soup Japanese pickles (with seaweed) and steamed rice.


Vegan Tofu An Mabo tofu,

This dish called Vegan Tofu An Mabo tofu,

we got tofu in spicy Chinese sauce and white rice, decorated with green onion and sesame. It was a dish with strong flavors like Chinese food but still precise as Japanese cooking. Again we loved it.


Vegan Tofu An Schnitzel tofu,

Our last dish was Vegan Tofu An Schnitzel tofu,

again the very good tofu made this dish great, with freshly cut vegetables of cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, Alfalfa sprouts, and more we liked it a lot. It was less of a japanize dish, but how cares?

If you wish only to buy tofu, we heard it is best to come on Mondays, after it was made on Sundays.
The prices are very affordable for the food you get and represent the Remoteness of the area and design of the place, in Tel Aviv with a fancy Design it would have been much more expensive. But for me, I like the simplicity and down to earth atmosphere. With a lot of love, I do think the waitresses could have been better Guided back then. And they Improved so much, I love places that gating better and better and not just keep on doing the same.

Our conclusion was that we need to visit this restaurant again and try other dishes.

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Tofu an is Jun & David (kafri bari ltd.) collaboration
and produce real Japanese Tofu in Israel.
produce a variety of Tofu.
The Restaurant open from Monday through Thursday 12:00-21:00
Friday 12:00-16:30 But we always call before to check and order a table.

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