Vegan Ramen Shop could be something extraordinary in Japan. But not in Warsaw where more and more vegan places continue to thrive. The founders of Vegan Ramen Shop – Maja Święcicka, Basia Walento, and Krzysztof Lesiecki have already achieved quite a success in their first tiny place in Saska Kępa. Recently they have opened a new spot in Mokotów.
What is actually the reason for this continuous growth in the number of vegan restaurants? “In our case, it was about the lack of meatless dishes in restaurants where we used to dine. That is why we started experimenting with Krzysiek and started thinking of our own restaurant. We love animals and we don’t want to make money on their suffering. We have such a wide variety of vegetables in Poland. Every time my sister from New York passes by our greengrocery shop she is enchanted with its smells”, says Maja.
Ramen was Majka and Krzysiek’s dream about Asia. They were preparing local dishes even before they went there. Their fellow Japanese cuisine expert, Kohei Yagi, reacted abruptly when he learnt about their plans of opening a restaurant with vegan ramen: “Are you crazy?!” However, he helped to master the recipes and it all worked out! Restaurants selling only vegetarian ramen are still an exception in Japan. The classical broth is made of meat. Nevertheless, the vegan revolution is gradually reaching also there.
text: Agnieszka Kowalska
photos: Aga Bilska and PION studio (interior of a restaurant in Saska Kępa)
VEGAN RAMEN SHOP, Finlandzka St 12a, Kazimierzowska St 43