There are so many different options for vegan sushi, but many restaurants only serve the ‘usual’ fillings of cucumber and avocado. During 2019, visitors to Amsterdam were able to try more exciting sushi rolls including, but not limited to, sweet potato with onion bhaji and vegan cream cheese or tofu, mushroom and green tea at the changing pop-up locations of ‘Plant Based Sushi’.
Now, as of today (2nd January), a more permanent option is available with the restaurant finding a new home at OKO Cultural Melting Point.
Plant Based Sushi is the creation of Claudia Deken, who started out catering at regular events in both Utrecht and Amsterdam. During the summer of 2019, she organised a regular sushi night in Amsterdam North but this temporary home was only available until the end of August.
Over the following months, the team organised pop up events and delivery of a very limited menu via Uber Eats. But from January 2020, Claudia’s Plant Based Sushi will be available to eat in at OKO 6 evenings per week.
Vegan sushi will be served every day except Tuesday from 5pm, and creations include Pak Choi Nigri, the Pinky Winky roll (beetroot-stained rice filled with caramelised onion and sweet and sour tempeh) or the Amsterdam Truffle roll (spinach, mango, cucumber, miso and vegan Truffle Cheese Sauce). Other ingredients which may appear include blueberries, sweet potato aubergine or apple.
OKO started out as an art café and meeting venue in West Amsterdam’s Bos & Lommer district, established in 2017. Party financed through crowdfunding the owners Ana and Natalia set out to create a neighbourhood meeting spot bringing all the diverse cultures of local residents together.
Outside of the sushi hours, they offer brunches and breakfasts. Their speciality is vegetarian Polish dumpling (stuffed with dairy cheese) but on the menu are several vegan options. They also serve hot and cold drinks, including organic beers and wines. The centre also hosts a variety of events which can range from drawing classes and art exhibitions to yoga and talks arranged by Extinction Rebellion’.
You can find OKO Cultural Melting Point at Admiraal de Ruijterweg 331, 1055 LZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sushi available every evening except Tuesdays from 5pm.