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Abokichi is a sweet little cafe on Dupont, right by Dupont subway station. They’re very vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, offering sandwiches, soups, salads, sweets, and one of my favourite snack foods, Onigiri.

Onigiri originated in Japan, and consists of half-milled rice and a filling, formed into a triangle and wrapped in a piece of toasted seaweed. When I went to Japan on vacation I snacked on Onigiri often, as you can find them in convenience stores, train stations and department stores, and they are easy to eat on the run.

Abokichi offers many different types of fillings for their onigri, the majority of which are vegan. By far my favourite is their chili and kelp flavour, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Being a tiny cafe with only a few seats, I’ve often brought the Onigiri home, and their separation of the toasted seaweed from the rice keeps the seaweed wrapping crispy until you’re ready to eat it.

They also sell jars of their chili oil called Ozaku – it’s just mildly spicy and super flavourful – and I put it on rice, noodles…anything, really!

Onigiri is also very affordable. They are $3 each, or three for $8, and that’s before you add your discount for being a TVA member! You can also make it a combo with a soup. After a very chilly TVA picnic in June, I picked up some Onigiri and carrot ginger soup on my way home, and it totally hit the spot.

Discount: 10% off

Veg Status: Vegan-friendly

Where: 258 Dupont Street (at Dupont subway station)