10 restaurants to eat vegan sushi around the world

4 Oct 2021

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Sushi Photo: Let it V

Our oceans are in danger. Commercial fishing is a severe problem, and bycatch is one of the many consequences. According to a report published by Oceana, a non-profit ocean conservation organization, the global bycatch can be up to 63 billion pounds per year.

When fishing takes place, bycatch happens; this means billions of fish, and other marine animals get hauled with the catch and are discarded back into the ocean or left with injuries resulting in death. In other words, every piece of sushi you pop in your mouth produces an enormous impact on other marine species.

Now, sushi is typically associated with fish. But in recent years more restaurants are reimagining traditional sushi rolls, making them with plant-based ingredients. Whether savory or sweet, stuffed or unstuffed, comfort food or delicacy, sushi is as versatile as it is delicious.

Our members love great vegan sushi, and we've compiled a list of ten restaurants that serve plant-based sushi from around the world and soon, you can start ticking these places off your bucket list.

Tane Vegan Izakaya from Honolulu, USA

In Hawaii, the Japanese population makes up the second-largest ethnic group in the state. It is no surprise then that sushi is widely available. Helmed by Chef Kin Lui, Raymond Ho, and ocean conservation activist Casson Trenor, Tane is an extension of restaurant Shizen, a plant-based sushi bar in San Francisco.

A favorite amongst locals and tourists, Tane draws inspiration from Shojin Ryori — a Buddhist cuisine eaten by monks in Japan based on seasonal vegetables. The restaurant applies Japanese culinary techniques to vegetables, fruits, and flowers to create aesthetically pleasing dishes that are kinder to the planet.

At Tane, many of our members enjoy The Wedge Sushi. @anchi says, “One of our favorite specialty rolls on Tane’s menu! And that’s saying a lot because I love all of them. Savory, with a little spicy kick, so many complex umami flavors, and on top of that, it is a work of exquisite art.”

Photo of The Wedge Sushi Photo: The Wedge Sushi from Tane Vegan Izakaya

YO! Sushi from Edinburgh, UK

YO! Sushi is as casual and no-frills as it gets. This restaurant operates like a conveyor belt sushi chain with more than 100 locations in the UK. Here, the sushi restaurant focuses on two things: animal welfare and sustainable sourcing.

While the restaurant is not entirely plant-based, they make an effort to work with suppliers committed to animal welfare. Yo! Sushi hopes to inspire people to eat colorful food, and this is reflected in many of their vegan sushi platters.

Photo of Sushi Photo: Plant Powered Sushi Set from YO! Sushi

@katelouisepowell describes the sushi here as, “Soooo yummy. A sushi set that’s clearly marked vegan, including Avo Maki, Inari Tacos, and Veggie rolls with a little bit of everything. I enjoyed the addition of vegan mayo - it was really flavorful overall.”

Lucky Cat from Singapore

Lucky Cat is tucked away in the heartlands of Singapore and is known for its plant-based spin on Japanese cuisine. A must-try piece is the Salmon Sashimi. It looks like the real deal, but the salmon is made from Konjac jelly, giving its slippery and chewy texture.

Photo of Sushi Photo: Salmon Sashimi from Lucky Cat

@mariaubergine says, “OK, I was legitimately confused after eating this as it tasted SO MUCH like real sashimi?? Brought my omnivore friends to Lucky Cat and they absolutely adored everything — especially this vegan salmon sashimi! The texture and taste were both spot on! Definitely heading back for this dish.”

Photo of Sushi Photo: Tofunagi Maki from Lucky Cat

Many members also recommend the Tofunagi Maki; it replaces grilled unagi with charred tofu and gets topped with a drizzle of sweet teriyaki sauce and the Soy Meat Floss Maki, made with mock crab sticks.

Let it V from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina is a meat-loving country, but many vegan restaurants have emerged in the dining scene in recent years. One of them is Let it V, which started in 2019 and is located in one of the largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Let it V has several dishes, but sushi is one of their signature items on the menu.

Photo of Sushi Photo: Hey Jude from Let it V

Many of their sushi rolls get named after famous Beatles songs. Hey Jude, is one sushi that many of our members like; @lauchis reviews saying, "My favorite vegan sushi place. It comes with rolls and nigiri. So good!"

Linfa Milano from Milan, Italy

The name of the restaurant comes from the Latin word "lymph," meaning water. Its logo symbolically represents freshness and purity. The meaning refers to the idea of nourishing the body and mind. Hence, the restaurant believes consuming plant-based food is the way to restore balance.

Photo of Sushi Photo: Futomaki Avo Rosa from Linfa Milano

Hokkaido Restaurante Japonés from Madrid, Spain

Photo of Sushi Photo: Sushi Platter from Hokkaido Restaurante Japonés

The restaurant was founded in 2005 and has gained a name for itself over the years. The prices might be steep, but their plant-based sushi does not disappoint. Many of our members refer to this place as one to come by if you want to indulge. @Violetacm says, "They have many vegan and original options. It is not cheap, but for a special occasion, it is well worth it." Our members' favorites from here are the Assorted Sushi and Maki. @crazyoatlady says, "The shiitake sushi is incredible, and the original tempura sweet potato. The quality of the sushi is very good."

Kyoto Joe from Hong Kong

After 20 years, Kyoto Joe has reopened in a new location right across the street from its former premises. Created with a mission to deliver original and unique Japanese dishes, Kyoto Joe uses fresh ingredients for all their sushi. The menu is not entirely vegan, but they provide plenty of plant-based sushi options that many members enjoy.

Their Ladyfinger roll is a fan favorite for many vegans in the community, @moosewong reviews saying, “These were absolutely delicious. Okra sushi rolls wrapped in a thin beancurd sheet served warm with a slightly sweet sauce. The flavors and textures worked so well together - what a great example of purely vegan food (without mock meats) that is also flavorful and filling!”

Photo of Sushi Photo: Ladyfinger Roll from Kyoto Joe

SUPE Vegan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This restaurant opened its doors in 2019 and is widely known for its range of Japanese fusion vegan dishes. The restaurant's moniker was inspired by the combination of the owners' names which is Summer and Hope, leading to Supe. Our members particularly enjoy the Golden Age Sushi platter, especially the mango roll. @scynsa says, "This #mango, #cucumber, #carrot all wrapped together with the rice and seaweed is phenomenal and fresh! It's so refreshing in your mouth, and I love being #veganin2020!"

Plushi from Cape Town, South Africa

Plushi operates as an online restaurant but still ticks the boxes on unique sushi flavors, customer satisfaction, and sustainable packaging. Expect several surprises when you order from this sushi restaurant.

Photo of Sushi Photo: June Sushi Platter from Plushi

Along with a complimentary incense stick, you'll find a customized Spotify playlist that matches the theme of your sushi order. Their food packaging is plastic-free too. It is made from PLA, a material made from plant-based ingredients, making the entire box compostable. Their sushi platter menu changes weekly, and they drop a mystery roll every month.

Tenon Vegan Sushi from Toronto, Canada

Tenon Vegan Sushi is a family-run restaurant with two locations in the city. As the name suggests, sushi is their specialty, but they offer other vegan Japanese dishes too. The restaurant began as a vegetarian spot, then moved to provide plant-based choices in 2011.

Photo of Sushi Photo: Golden Dragon Roll from Tenon Vegan Sushi

Their Golden Dragon Roll is worth mentioning; this tropical sushi uses shrimp tempura, mock crabmeat, thinly sliced mango, and a special mango sauce. @metalmel666 reviews saying, "Yum! The mock shrimp and crab inside go really well with the mango."

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@eriluc profile image
eriluc1 YEAR AGO
We have Chef Kenny in Houston, TX, USA.. it's great!! He has another restaurant I'm Vegas, I truly believe it's one of the best . You can check my posts, I have some of his dishes
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svraphael881 YEAR AGO
@metalmel666 omg you made it into this article! So cool!
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metalmel6661 YEAR AGO
Oh, cool!! Now I am drooling because I want this again! 🤤 Are you going to Vegandale tomorrow?
@herbimetal profile image
herbimetal1 YEAR AGO
These are so cool! I am a sushi lover. Especially Plushi, with the incense stick and playlist. I find it odd that no restaurant from Japan is in this article, since sushi originates from there it should definitely be included imo.
@roz profile image
Sushi Momo in Montreal, Quebec is amazing. https://www.sushimomo.ca/?lang=en
@kerent10 profile image
kerent101 YEAR AGO
Also check out “The Green Roll” in Tel Aviv! Amazing stuff: https://www.abillion.com/restaurants/tel-aviv-the-green-roll-10323333
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ppel1 YEAR AGO
Montreal, Canada has a great vegan sushi scene too. Check out Sushi Momo, Bloom sushi, Ohana and Vegan Meat & Sushi :)