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Japanese, Sushi
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 13 December 2019

Everything about this place is charming. You can taste the love in the food. Went several times and it was consistently good. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 18 November 2019

Lunch here is made mindfully and with love. The restaurant space is very peaceful, well-lit and I particularly love the sushi roll set that comes with miso soup (delicious! ) and small sides. Today, I felt compelled to write a review because I tried two...outstanding things for the first time. The homemade ginger ale infused with spices and lemon grass is spicy, refreshing and clearly useful if you need something to settle your belly. You can eat the pieces of sweet ginger :) secondly, I had the matcha pudding for dessert, which is currently a special not on the normal menu, and was mind blown. The cherry on top is that the pudding is coated date syrup.... heavenlyMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 25 March 2019

Need a break from heavy food? This quiet place is up the hill 7 minutes by foot from Tapavon center and not to be missed. The owner is so caring in her preparation of food and love she puts into all her dishes. A visual...art piece always. Come sit a while and relax while enjoying quality food and its preparation. Photos do not do the food justice. I bring all my friends there to get away from the crowds. Call ahead to find out hours and days and if food is gone if coming later..... I am not the only one who loves this place......More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I had heard about Cafe Okaeri when visiting the Yoga studio complex the restaurant is located in. My curiosity lead me to try this restaurant the next day. How would a Japanese, Vegetarian Restaurant taste in the heart of Rishikesh? To my delightful surprise, I...really enjoyed my meal prepared by the Chef/Owner of the restaurant who had moved from Japan to India a decade ago. Her creativity and love goes into her food that she serves, usually sold in lunch sets with fresh sushi rolls, miso soup and sides. I also loved her house-made Ginger Ale and the cozy restaurant itself was just a delight to be in for some relaxation.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed 25 April 2018

So this is't a cheap eat for Rishikesh but it s worth it for something quite different. I wouldn go here again after trying it once, not because it isn't good food but because it would be very similar and is also expensive. Great healthy...option compared to most restaurants in Rishikesh though!More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Michiko is a vivacious hostess who treated to us an interesting lunch that was Japanese in spirit and style despite being cooked with local ingredients (except miso and soy sauce). The place is a bit difficult to find but Michiko's clear directions on the phone...took care of that. Would love to go back any day, and looking forward to her Sushi platter the next time.More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I almost hate to write this review because I know that it will potentially bring more people to Okaeri but I realize that's being selfish. I think once you go though, you'll understand my hesitation at sharing this little piece of nirvana on earth! It...is the most peaceful, clean, and lovely restaurant in all of Rishikesh--bar none. I love my Sushi Sundays, which Michiko has now extended to Monday's. However, get there quick as she'll be closing the doors for summer vacation on 9 May and won't be opening again until August--sad face. PS I am in complete disagreement with Ashoke2015's review. And I lived in Japan for 3 years. Yes, the menu is limited but the quality is incomparable. Michiko's sweet spirit infuses the food and the energy of Okaeri. Go, you won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: April 2017
morimiti, Cook at Cafe Okaeri, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you Laurie for coming to Okaeri and lovely comment. We are very happy to hear from you. Yes, thank you for giving the reminder that Okaeri is already closed for this season, and we will reopen in the middle of Aug. So see you...More

Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

No words are enough to describe this beautiful hidden food oasis. Ultra amazing vibes. Superb music. Freshly cooked food. Ultra amazing presentation and food portions are good as well. The Owner of the Yoga School, Rajendra Ji is one of the most amazing yoga teachers...around. Practices ethics. So no eggs etc in the dishes. It's such a lovely blend of food and people. Michiko is a beautiful artist. See how she kept her small and beautiful place. Using common things she has made the place look so different. If you are a lover of silence or just wanna a relaxed time this place is a must to visit in Rishikesh. Moderately priced and value for every bit of your money. A word of advice, don't think it's purely Japanese place. It's a blend with authentic Japanese food art. Enjoy! Thank you very much Michiko.More

Date of visit: April 2017
morimiti, Cook at Cafe Okaeri, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Hi Kaustubh ji, Namaskar. Thank you for visiting Okaeri and such a hart worming comment. It makes me almost cry... we do our best for you!! Thank you again, and let's enjoy!

Reviewed 22 March 2017

Various Travel Sites are mentioning this establishment as a Japanese Restaurant. Well, the Owner/Operator is certainly Japanese but the cuisine is anything but. We were disappointed. Essentially, the main product being offered is a Vegetarian Sushi with basic local ingredients- no Sukiyaki/Hibachi/Teppenyaki/Yakitori etc etc. The...ambience is poor and the hygiene questionable. Discerning travellers should avoid!More

Date of visit: March 2017
morimiti, Cook at Cafe Okaeri, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Hi Ashoke2015, thank you for your comments! But it is unfortunate that you didn't understand our cafe's policy. First of all, Rishikesh is vegetarian town because of here is holly place, and our land lord is a pure vegetarian, so there is no Sukiyaki nor...More

Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Sushi in India; what a pleasant surprise! The freshest, most deliciously simple meal of sushi, miso soup, pickles and veggies, so lovingly prepared by the very sweet chef, was exactly what we needed. A little out of the way but so worth seeking out! Nourishing...food, nourishing space!More

Date of visit: December 2016
morimiti, Cook at Cafe Okaeri, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Hi Maddie L, thank you for comeing Okaeri and so lovely comment! We are very happy that you enjoyed our food. Yes, sushi and miso soup is very simple food, almost all Japanese foods are very simple. Veges from storing Indian ground helps us a...More

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