Better is a dish of vegetables where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
Whenever I go to Kansai, I always have dinner with one of my good friends who is a vegetarian and a fellow lover of cafes. This time, we went to Café Proverbs 15:17 near Hyakumanben (百万遍) in Kyoto. Café Proverbs is a vegetarian café specializing in vegan food; hence the name of the restaurant, which refers to the proverb quoted above. Aside from the name, the restaurant is not religiously affiliated. The vegetarian food I eat in restaurants has been largely Japanese-style: tiny dishes of tofu, seaweed, local vegetables, curry, and noodles. (And tofu cheesecake. Lots of tofu cheesecake.) Café Proverbs, however, serves vegan sandwiches and ice cream—basically Western-style café food done over as vegan.
I guess the difference between this and, say, the “vegetarian option,” is that these meals were created or recreated specifically for tofu and tempeh. The cafe serves more than just sandwiches: if you ever missed out on Japanese food because of dietary restrictions, now is your chance to try dishes like curry, mabodofu, ramen, gyoza, and taco rice.