My family was recently looking for an organic restaurant in central Tokyo.
Our search led us to We Are The Farm, an all-organic restaurant with an odd name considering its metropolitan location. Located in the casual, laid-back neighborhood of Azabujuban, this 8-year-old restaurant offers an all-organic menu, from vegetables to beef and chicken to drinks.
We Are The Farm sources its products from pesticide-free, outdoor farms.
Although some studies show little nutritional difference between conventionally grown and organic foods, more than 94 million Americans shopped organic foods in 2020, according to U.S. Census data and the Simmons National Consumer Survey. In the US, the organic share of total grocery sales rose from 3% in 2008 to 6% in 2020, according to Statista.com.
We arrived in Azabujuban after a 12 minute taxi ride from the Hiroo area of Shibuya and walked a short distance down the narrow side street where the restaurant is located.
Inside we found a café with a rustic interior. Small, wooden tables and chairs are evenly spaced, with a table for larger groups, a counter with stools, and private dining areas. The restaurant has about 50 seats and two employees were handling traffic on the day we arrived.
I looked for the drinks first. From several organic juices and teas on the menu, I chose a beet guava smoothie. The taste was so stimulating that I had two of them.
After starting with an appetizing omakase salad, I settled on an entree of teppanyaki chicken breast, grilled at low temperature and served with a mustard sauce and a side of garlic rice.
The vegetable gratin was another great addition. It consisted of several fresh vegetables, including mushrooms, topped with a slightly crunchy but creamy mozzarella cheese.
We also recommend the rich and flavorful sekai ichi tomato, half a sun-dried tomato with melted cream cheese and basil kale pesto on the sides.
My wife liked the oshu onion. Sliced in half and grilled until golden brown, it had a smooth, smoky but pleasing flavor for her picky palate, with just the right amount of crunch. My son enjoyed a slice of Japanese Wagyu Black, a special lean beef.
Outside of regular meal times, We Are The Farm also offers full menus with some all-you-can-eat options such as
The dinner portions left us feeling full, so we skipped some tempting desserts.
Since organic food tends to be more expensive than conventional food due to processing and lower production, you can expect to make a decent amount of money on the “farm”.
My family’s bill came to 8,210 yen, or about $60, including side dishes and drinks, but it was worth it for cleaner dining options. I gave the food five stars and let the chef know that everything was near perfect.
We are the farm
Location: 3-10-4 Re-Flat 1F, Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Google Plus code is MP4J+RX.
directions: 5 minutes walk from Azabujuban train station.
Time: Monday to Saturday: lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for dinner. Sunday: 11:30am to 3:00pm for lunch; 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for dinner.
Prices: Entrees cost up to about $24. Credit cards accepted.
A dress: casual
Information: 050-5269-7817. You can reserve a place to eat, or order online and pick up when you’re nearby. Online: wearethefarm-azabu.com; allfarm.co.jp