7 Indian vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo

Expat life
21 Jun 2024
10 mins read
Written by Riona lye

One of the questions we hear all the time is, “Can you get Indian food in Japan?” Well, guess what? Food is the ultimate comfort when you’re feeling homesick.

 

If you’re an Indian working in Japan and craving a taste of home, you’re in for a treat. We’ve rounded up the top 7 Indian vegetarian restaurants you can find in Tokyo.

 

But here’s the reality: one of the biggest challenges in finding Indian vegetarian restaurants isn’t the lack of options — it’s the lack of information! Most of these places don’t have their own websites, and even if they do, the info is often sparse. You’ll often find yourself relying heavily on Google reviews to get the scoop on what’s available.

 

Another quirky thing about dining in Japan is the operating hours. Unlike some countries where eateries are open all day, Japanese restaurants typically have separate lunch and dinner windows with a break in between. So, make sure to do your research before heading out.

 

But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled everything you need to find and savour the best Indian vegetarian food in Tokyo.

 

Jump from one restaurant to another and discover which ones cater best to your taste buds. After all, it’s all about the foodie journey, right? Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Veg Kitchen

Most people think vegetarian food is boring, but Veg Kitchen Tokyo is here to bust that myth wide open! And the best part? They don’t just serve Indian food. You can choose from a wide range of vegetarian dishes, including North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, and other Continental cuisines, plus Jain and vegan options.

 

While they may not have a website, they’re super active on Facebook. They update the curries of the day and feature special biryani every other week.

 

A quick look at their Facebook menu shows their lunchtime sets start from 750 yen and go all the way up to 1,350 yen, giving you a rough idea of their price range.

 

The only catch? You’ll need to pay by cash — cards aren’t accepted.

 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/vegkitchentokyo/?locale2=ja_JP

 

Address: 3 Chome — 44 — 8 Taito, Taito City, Tokyo 110 — 0016, Japan

 

Hours: 

 

  • Lunch: 11 am to 3:00 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

 

Phone: +81 3 — 5817 — 8165

Milan Nataraj

Milan Nataraj first swung open its doors in September 1989, and they’ve been on a roll ever since, expanding to four vibrant spots in Tokyo (Shibuya, Harajuku, Ogikubo) and one cozy nook in Tateshina, Nagano Prefecture.

What makes Nataraj a real gem is their delightful mantra that “food is also medicine”. They get loads of their ingredients from their very own farms in Chiba’s Minamiboso and Yamanashi’s Akeno, ensuring a bounty of fresh, seasonal organic veggies.

Nataraj takes healthy and natural cooking seriously. Their kitche is a ‘No Entry’ zone for chemical seasonings, colouring agents, synthetic preservatives, GMOs, and white sugar — stuff that sneaks into ordinary curry. Instead, they let the natural flavours of their veggies take centrestage.

Their menu isn’t just a treat for Indian vegetarians; they also whip up halal and gluten — free delights. Up for a culinary adventure? Try their vegan naan, a quirky creation with komatsuna (Japanese mustard greens) mixed right into the dough.

With prices ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 yen, it’s a good idea to book a table online before you pop in. If you’re more of a homebody, no worries — Nataraj delivers through Demae-Can , Uber Eats, and Wolt.

Official website: http://nataraj.co.jp/

 

Number of outlets: 4

  • Shibuya
  • Harajuku
  • Ogikubo
  • Tateshina

 

Opening hours:

 

  • Weekdays: 11:00 am to 3:30 pm; 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • *Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Vege herb saga

With an impressive 4.2 — star average across 500+ Google reviews, you know you’re in for a real treat at this spot. It’s one of those rare gems that offers both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine.

 

You can go for a set meal priced between 2,850 to 3,850 yen, or mix and match from the à la carte menu. Prices range from just 350 yen for Tawa Chapati to 2,500 yen for Kadai Paneer. And the best part? It’s only a one—minute walk from Naka — Okachimachi Station.

 

Official website: http://www.vegeherbsaga.com/

 

Nearest train station: Naka — Okachimachi Station

 

Opening hours:

 

  • Lunch: 11: 30 am to 2: 30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:15 pm to 10:30 pm

 

Address: Japan, 〒110 — 0005 Tokyo, Taito City, Ueno, 5 Chome−22−1 東鈴ビル B1

 

Phone: +81 3 — 5818 — 4154

ANNAM Indian Restaurant Ginza ( Veg, Vegan, Non-Veg & HALAL)

Since 2008, Annam has been tickling the taste buds of Japan! Founded by a group of celebrated Indian chefs, they bring a delightful mix of diverse flavours to your plate.

 

You’ll find Annam right in the heart of Tokyo’s Ginza district, just a minute’s walk from Ginza Station. Ginza is known for its swanky vibe, with tons of department stores, boutiques, restaurants, and coffee houses. It’s one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world! But don’t let that intimidate you — Annam might be in a fancy spot, but their prices are refreshingly reasonable. They’re all about serving top-notch quality without breaking the bank.

 

Still sceptical? Take a peek at their menu — lunch and dinner sets range between just 900 and 1,850 yen.

 

Got special dietary needs? No sweat. Annam has got you covered with vegan options and Halal food for their Muslim customers.

 

Address: Japan, 〒104 — 0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 8 Chome−10−8, Ginza 8 — 10 Building, 地下一階

 

Opening hours:

 

  • Monday and Tuesday: 11: 00 am to 12: 00 am
  • Wednesday to Friday: 11:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am to 2:00 am

 

Phone: +81 3 — 6280 — 6708

 

Menu: annam.co.jp

Downtown B’s Indian Kitchen, Tokyo

Downtown B’s Indian Kitchen in Tokyo is all about serving up an authentic experience with a twist of fun!

 

They’re all about building long-term relationships with their patrons. How do they do it? By catering to everyone — Japanese, tourists, and Indian expats alike. Whether you’re craving a true Indian meal, or something tailored to your taste, they’ve got you covered. Everything they whip up is made with fresh vegetables and quality ingredients.

 

Don’t be fooled by their size. This small restaurant packs a punch with plenty of warmth and top-notch service. Plus, they bring the flavours of India in a healthier way, using less oil and fewer spices. And with set meals starting at just 850 yen and going up to 2,000 yen, what’s not to love?

 

Address: 3 Chome — 4 — 3 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106 — 0032, Japan

 

Opening Hours: 

  • Lunch: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Dinner: 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm

 

Phone: +81 3 — 3586 — 2645 

Govinda’s

This is one food spot that’s hard to miss! Just a one-minute stroll from Funabori Station and right next to the ISKCON temple, it’s super convenient.

 

Now, there’s no fancy website to check out or a central place for the latest updates, but don’t worry — we did some investigative work with the reviews.

 

Here’s what we found: they serve both South Indian and North Indian cuisine to suit your taste. Recent reviews mention they offer weekend buffets, priced at 1,500 yen for adults and 500 yen for kids. The buffet features all kinds of naan, curries, pickles, and papad (those yummy crispy snacks).

 

The reviews are a bit mixed, but if you’re curious, why not give it a try?

 

Address: Japan, 〒134 — 0091 Tokyo, Edogawa City, Funabori, 2 Chome−23−4 ヴィラ中里 1階

 

Opening Hours:

 

  • Lunch
    • Weekday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Weekend: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Dinner
    • Weekday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Weekend: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

 

Phone: +81 3 — 6808 — 2157

Andhra Dining GINZA

Since 2009, Andhra Dining GINZA has been delighting Japan with the rich and diverse flavours of South India.

 

Their mission is simple: to introduce traditional and authentic Andhra food to Japan, taking guests on a flavourful journey to the heart of India with every bite. Andhra cuisine hails from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and is famous for its bold flavours, spicy dishes, and diverse culinary offerings. Imagine red hot chili that will make you sweat!

 

What makes this restaurant extra special? During festive seasons like Ugadi, the Hindu New Year celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Goa, they serve special dishes like Ugadi Pachadi.

 

But hey, no worries if you miss the festivities! The food is always fantastic. While the restaurant is famous for its tandoori chicken and biryani, you can also savour vegetarian delights like Palak Paneer and Aloo Mutter.

Set meals start at just 900 yen and can go up to 1,590 yen.

 

Plus, the restaurant is tucked away in the heart of bustling Shibuya. It’s easy to find, making it a perfect spot for both locals and tourists craving authentic Indian cuisine. So if you’re near Shibuya, pop in for an authentic southern Indian experience!

 

Address: Japan, 〒104 — 0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 1 Chome−8−2 銀座プルミエビル 2階

 

Opening hours:

 

  • Lunch: 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm

 

Phone: +81 3 — 3567 — 4005

Swagat Indian Restaurant, Roppongi 2 — Chome

This place might be small, but they pack in a whole lot of delicious options! And when we say options, we mean it. You get to choose from several types of curries, which change daily, along with a long list of snacks and desserts. They even serve alcohol, including Old Monk!

 

Since it’s such a cozy spot, it can get pretty packed at lunchtime. We recommend dropping by after 1:00 pm to avoid the rush or just making a reservation.

 

Some comments mention that it can be a bit on the pricier side. A quick peek at their website shows that a course menu for two costs around 3,000 yen for 10 dishes, with a free drinks option. If that doesn’t float your boat, you can always go for à la carte options like biryani, chapati rolls, or even desserts like gulab jamun. The à la carte prices aren’t listed online, so your best bet is to book ahead, show up at the restaurant, and explore the menu with your own eyes and taste buds.

 

Official website: http://www.swagatjapan.com/

 

Address: Japan, 〒106 — 6002 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 2 Chome−2−2 イトーピア六本木 1F

 

Opening hours:

 

  • Lunch: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Dinner: 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Closed on Sundays

 

Phone: +81 3 — 3585 — 5251

Feeling too lazy to step out of the house? No worries, you’ve got options!

We all have those days when we just want to take a break from adulting. And if you’re craving Indian vegetarian food, you can still indulge by ordering through food delivery apps. The popular ones in Japan are Uber Eats, Wolt, and Demae-Can.

 

Not every Indian restaurant will be on every app, but just do a quick swipe to see what’s available and place your order.

Before you go…

Now that we’ve satisfied your food cravings, let’s talk finances. Planning to move to Japan from India? Or maybe you’re already in Japan and getting settled. The next big question is probably how to send money back home. That’s where things can get tricky, thanks to those hefty fees from traditional banks.

 

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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. All details are accurate at the time of publishing. Instarem has no affiliation or relationship with products or vendors mentioned.

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