Fast food and eating clean are two phrases that shouldn’t really be seen side by side, but nevertheless, this new store in Osaka is proving they can go hand in hand.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the following state of emergencies, individuals have watched their health deteriorate as a result of a lack of exercise and narrow food choices. As expected these issues have led to a rapid increase in the interest of health.

In order to create a truly “strong and attractive body”, consuming good quality protein is an absolute must. That is why Osaka-based company ドリームワークス (lit. Dreamworks, not affiliated with DreamWorks Animation LLC) has created PROTEIN LAB. – the healthiest fast food restaurant in Japan, which focuses on providing meals with high quality protein.

The flagship store is based in Osaka’s Nishi ward, and is about to be joined by another store that is opening up in Umeda’s NU Chayamachi Building on 2 June 2021. Two other stores are also based in Tokyo.

PROTEIN LAB. delivers a wide variety of menus based on the concept of ‘providing supporting meals that can lead to the creation of an ideal body’. By using carefully selected ingredients, PROTEIN LAB. creates custom-selected meals that maximise the effects of various purposes such as ‘muscle building’, ‘reducing body fat’ and ‘gaining a beautiful glow’.

The store has more than 14 dishes that focus on attaining the ideal body and kick-starting healthy eating habits.


Price (tax included): 1,340 yen

PROTEIN LAB.’s speciality: A high-protein omelette rice made without using egg yolks.

Nutrition per bowl: 518kcal / protein 55g / lipid 11g / sugar 46g
Ingredients: Brown rice, edamame, maitake mushrooms, paprika, parsley, onions, minced chicken breast, egg whites, tomato ketchup


Price (tax included): 1,450 yen

A colourful dish designed by okara (soy pulp) food pioneer Marie Remura.

Nutrition per bowl: 539kcal / protein 26g / lipid 21g / carbs 63g
Ingredients: Homemade meatballs, okara, cherry tomatoes, maitake mushrooms, edamame, paprika, broccoli, cream, parsley, brown rice, special detox soup


Price (tax included): Chicken 1,340 yen, Beef 1,500 yen

This dish is designed to help reduce fat and build muscle.

Nutrition per bowl (chicken): 404kcal / Protein 50g / Lipid 3g / Carbohydrate 40g
Nutrition per bowl (beef): 438kcal / Lipid 38g / Lipid 12g / Carbohydrate 41g
Ingredients: Brown rice, mixed salad, egg white, asparagus, green beans, broccoli plus a topping choice of chicken or beef


Price (tax included): 1,450 yen

The ultimate vegan curry dish that focuses on both healthy eating and flavour.

Nutrition per dish: 477kcal / protein 27g / lipid 12g / sugar 66g
Ingredients: Brown rice, broccoli, pickles, edamame, parsley, paprika, soy meat, original botanical curry

PROTEIN LAB. NU Chayamachi Store

Address: Osaka NU Chayamachi Building 8F, 10-12 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Business hours: 11:00 to 23:00 (last order 22:30)
*The business operating hours will be reduced as requested by the local government during State of Emergency periods.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.