Japan, the land of the rising sun, is known for its rich heritage and culture, beautiful landscapes and their exquisite food. Of late Japan has seen a lot of Indian tourists, earlier one would imagine that finding something Vegetarian or grabbing an Indian meal in Japan would be extremely difficult, near-impossible but little did you know that Japan not only has a lot of options for Indian restaurants but also delicious vegetarian restaurants to choose from.
Check out these must-try eateries the next time you visit Japan.
- Milan Nataraj: This was the first vegetarian Indian restaurant in Japan. With three of their own gardens, the vegetables are grown completely pesticide free using organic fertilizer. Those vegetables are the core of the wide variety of nearly 20 different types of curries that use abundant spices. One of their most popular items on the menu is the naan made from natural yeast apart from the favourites being Dal Wada and Chapati.
- Mumbai: Spanning 15 locations in and around Tokyo, Mumbai – the restaurant specializes in classical Indian cuisines with particular emphasis on North Indian and Tandoori delicacies. The boldly spiced dishes have not only gained popularity among Tokyo’s gourmands but also with the other cities. The Embassy of India in Japan, stands as one of their oldest clients, proof of their non compromising approach to authenticity. Bhel Puri is on their menu too!
Vege Herb Saga: Here they serve Indian-style vegetarian dishes that recreate the home cooking flavours of North and South India. The food here is made of fresh spices and never prepared ahead of time. This is a very popular restaurant with a regular inflow of many foreign tourists. There are nearly 100 choices on the extensive menu, including curries such as Avial and Vatha Kozhambu Saag, South varieties of Dosas, a wide selection of set menus is also available.
- Ashoka: Popular for their vegetable curry this restaurant serves up traditional Indian flavour mixed with fresh vegetables that change with seasons, creating a taste one can only enjoy at this eatery. Ashoka is loved by tourists from all around the world for its local Kyoto flavor. Enjoy a great Indian meal under this palatial dome.
- Mughal: Established in 1987, this long with standing restaurant has strived to communicate Indian culture through food. While following the traditions of genuine Indian cuisine, they have also pursued the gentle yet powerful unique Kyoto cuisine. What’s special about this restaurant is their chefs are from North and South India as well as Japan, and are well versed with preparing all meals, vegetarian or non vegetarian. Known for their wide variety of curries and special vegetables in summer and winter, they also serve dishes in the course that are not available on the menu on special request.
- Shama: A rare find in the Kansai area, Shama is a lacto vegetarian restaurant, which means no meat, fish, eggs, five pungent roots (onions, garlic, leeks, etc) caffeine, or alcohol is used to prepare and cook the meals. The menu has a wide selection of more than 15 varieties of curries, as well as tandoori dishes and pakora sandwiches.
- Mithila: Located right in the heart of Osaka’s Minami district, this restaurant plays host to a lot of Indian visitors as well as Business dinners. Their skilled chef from North India is known to prepare special vegan orders apart from cooking up other delicious dishes as well. Their homemade achaar and curry is their most sort after amongst other dishes.
- Ganesh: Eating a meal at this restaurant will make you feel like you are in India. With six branches in Hiroshima prefecture alone their Baigan Sabzi is one of the highly recommended dishes on the menu.
- Kanak: This almighty Indian restaurant serves both South and North Indian cuisines. They are also known to take special requests, including for ingredients, flavouring and even Jain food.