Cozy Indian and Asian food restaurant with Japanese-style seating (low tables, no chairs). Menus are available in Japanese and English. The English menu has two sides: "with egg and milk", or "without egg and milk". Address in Japanese: 〒630-8314 奈良市川之上突抜北方町18-3. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Indian, Japanese
18-3 Kitagata-cho, Kawanokami Tsukinuke
Nara, Japan

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First Review by KatrienDreessen
  • vegan

Not great...

2 Posted on 01 / 28 / 2014

We read the mixed reviews about this place and decided to go there as there was no other choice - we had already been to another fantastic restaurant for lunch in Nara, however it was a Sunday and that restaurant was closed for dinner.

We didn't find it too hard to find down a bit of a backstreet, walked in and the first thing that hit me was that it was just as cold inside as it was outside! The lady inside welcomed us in and told us to choose a table - we had our pick as there was no one else in the restaurant. She did move the heater over so it was directed at our table, but it was still really cold.

Also the next thing that was terrible was the deathly silence.. no music or any backgound sounds other than the occasional kitchen prep sound when she was preparing our meals.

We were given a menu and I asked the lady what was vegan - she said the back of the menu was vegan - no dairy or eggs - and the front was vego. My boyfriend ordered off the front as he is not vegetarian and I ordered off the back which is vegan. We ordered samosa's, I had a curry with rice and he ordered a pasta dish. All meals were just okay. Not bad, not good.. and the somosas were okay but a little oily and definitely needed a dipping sauce.

The silence was probably the part that got to me the most and the ambience really put me off. I wanted to eat and get out of there pretty quickly!

The lady could speak a little English and brought a card out not make sure we didn't have any allergies.

Overall the meal was okay but I definitely wouldn't go back unless we had no choice.

Pros: Lady was friendly enough, Given a little present upon leaving
Cons: Really cold!!!, Ambience - dead silence!, Food not that tasty
  • vegan

Don't believe the hype

2 Posted on 08 / 06 / 2012

After seeing the reviews here on HappyCow, we decided to try this place, and found it easy enough down an empty side street. The interior is lovely if you are into buddhist paraphernalia; with all the random junk thrown around it is as if you walked straight into the living room of the head priest of some obscure local sect. The staff ignored us until we sat down at the counter in front of them. Then they asked us about egg and dairy and showed us the vegan menu, which turned out to be a pathetic joke: both English and Japanese versions were literally photocopies of the lacto-ovo vegetarian menu, with the non-vegan parts taped over or simply crossed out with a marker. Despite making a huge fuss about their vegan options, nothing was apparently replaced or reconsidered for vegan customers. What do you get when you subtract egg from an omelet? Ketchup, apparently, which is what the owners of Ashura tried to sell us for the same price as their ovo-vegetarian omelet.
We settled for the curry, which was ok but nothing more, and neither spicy nor sweet. One of us made the mistake of paying extra for the fried gluten meat option, which turned out to be half a dozen cold chunks of non-seasoned gluten patty thrown on the plate, drenched in oil and hardly edible. Ordering the salad was our next mistake: it came more than twenty minutes after anything else we'd ordered, and looked like someone had just bought it in a convenience store and thrown away the free dressing. All we got was a salt shaker.
The samosa was an insult: a scrap of already-deep fried tofu stuffed with samosa dough, closed with a toothpick and badly fried again. Croquettes, served with plain soy sauce, were very bland but forgivable considering the rest of the menu.
Others may have had better experiences and perhaps we were just unlucky. But considering the hostility of the staff, their complete lack of cooking skills and the insulting vegan "menu", I hope that anyone in need of a vegan meal in Nara stays away from Ashura in favor of a better option.

Pros: Hippie interior
Cons: Awful food, Fake vegan options, Ignorant staff

  • vegetarian

Great food, fast and friendly service!

4 Posted on 04 / 14 / 2012

The have an english menu: one side for food without eggs, milk or yoghurt. The other one containing these ingredients. We had a vegetable curry with brown rice, tofu croquettes and samosa. We enjoyed every bite of it. The hosts were very friendly and checked regularly if we could eat certain ingredients (eg seaweed)

Pros: fast, friendly, tasty


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