REMOVED: Wakakusa Curry Hompo

Overall rating: 3.0 stars 2 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Small curry place with 11 seats along a bar counter. Owner understands some English. Has an English menu ( which includes just one vegetarian curry meal (chickpeas and beans) with rice, potatoes, mushroom and vegetables and cheese costing 1000 yen -- unsure if it's possible to omit cheese, so ask. Not much else in Nara for vegetarians. Name in Japanese 若草カレー本舗, address 奈良県奈良市橋本町3-1-110 もちいどのセンター街. Reported by owner that veg options are no longer offered. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Indian, Japanese, Non-veg
110, Nara-shi
Nara, Japan 630-8217

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First Review by Junjie
  • vegan

Nara is a barren wasteland for vegans :(

Posted on 02 / 15 / 2015

This place is easy and quick to find - close to the Kintetsunara station, and the owner/chef is super nice and friendly, and speaks a little English. It's in a shopping mall, and surrounded by tourist-o-rama, which I don't enjoy, but if you need to buy a deer souvenir or a pair of tabi socks, you're in the right place.

Unfortunately, Nara's only vegan option that night was deeply disappointing. I think the menu must have changed since the last review, as this was nothing like the one shown, and did NOT come in an English version. It was clearly labelled (in English) on the menu as 'no meat! no fish!) and very obviously from the picture had no egg or cheese topping, so I took a chance after saying 'vegan' a lot and getting vigorous nods and showing my specialised version of the vegan (coeliac) passport.

I couldn't take a picture, as my phone was dead, but what I got for my (very cheap) 880 yen was a large shallow bowl with a moat of curry sauce, oil pooling on top, surrounding a large mound of white rice, with a few sad deepfried vegetables and about 20 boiled soybeans drowning in the sauce. A piece of pumpkin, one okra, a wedge of red capsicum and some very tired greens. The curry was spicy-ish, but nothing very interesting, and was overwhelmingly oily. The use of soybeans instead of chickpeas was deeply sad - after a week and a half in Japan, my never-deep-affection (read, only like them in tofu, tempeh and natto) for plain soybeans has reached an all time low.

It's food, it's cheap, it's vegan. There's not much else around if, as was the case during my time in Nara, Kinatei is closed.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 24, 2014

Pros: Cheap, Near train station, Friendly
Cons: One vegan option, The vegan option is not very good
  • vegetarian

Great Vegetarian Curry in Place w/ Limited Choices

Posted on 06 / 23 / 2013

Found this shop by chance on Nara Explorer, an English-based tourist magazine produced by the volunteers (see,

Serves a single vegetarian curry dish that is delicious and pretty spicy by Japanese standards.

Good enough I brought my wife back for a second round in two days.


15 min. walk from JR Nara Sta. along Sanjo Street, enter the Mochiidono Center Arcade and the shop is on the left

Pros: Great vegetarian curry, Small but cosy
Cons: Just one vegetarian dish


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Last updated: 2014/10/30


Added: 2013/06/22


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