Falafel Garden

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Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, 606-8205

Serves meat, vegan options available. Moved from 13-2 Minami-machi, Higashi Muko in Apr 2014. Same Israeli food menu, in Japanese and English, offering falafel, hummus, and Middle Eastern food. Veg items are marked. Separate smoking/non-smoking areas. Last order 30 minutes before closing. Directions: 80m north of the Eiden line exit of Keihan Demachiyanagi station. Address 京都市, 左京区田中上柳町15-2. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Middle Eastern, Israeli, Non-veg

27 Reviews

First Review by Marenka

Good falafel - Edit

Good falafel and good service. Really nice to eat something fresh, as vegetarian salads aren’t a widely available thing here. Not all that cheap but a tasty meal. We got it take away and ate it next to the river which is just across the road.

Pros: Friendly staff, Tasty food

Cons: Pretty expensive

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I’ll pass - Edit

Not so great and pretty darn expensive. Honestly there’s a lot better food at a better cost all around Kyoto University.

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A quick snack - Edit

It's really good if you are not so hungry. The portions are on the small side. I had the falafel and I really recommend it, the avocado one is not as good. I would recommend this restaurant for a quick lunch break.

Pros: many vegan options, owner is very friendly, english menu

Cons: expensive, small portions

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Nice place - Edit

This spot is nice when you're in Japan for a longer period of time, and you start missing falafel. It's not the best falafel I've ever had, and it's definitely not the cheapest for the amount of food you get, but it's still tasty and good for a quick bite,

Pros: nice staff

Cons: smaller portions

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Good Falafel restaurant - Edit

I got the Baba ghanoush lunch set and my friend had the Falafel set. Both where tasty and made with good quality ingredients. A bit expensive for the size...

Pros: Tasty , Good location

Cons: Small portion

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Best falafel in Japan!!! - Edit

The best vegan falafel I’ve tried in Japan 🥙💕

Pros: Friendly staff, Delicious vegan meals, Nice music

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Serves food and drinks made with healthy ingredients - Edit

I felt like I have been lacking vegetables in my diet lately and walked past this place by chance, so I decided to give it a try for lunch. I thought the location by the Kamogawa was convenient.

I got an iced mint tea, soy latte, small falafel pita sandwich and medium hummus pita sandwich.

The mint leaves in the tea had browned around the edges and had seen better days but the mint flavor was fresh. It seems like perhaps the tea had been infused with the leaves to get the flavor and perhaps that is just what happens.

I liked that neither of the drinks had added sugar and you could add brown sugar crystals yourself if you want to.

The sandwiches had nice fresh vegetables even though we are in the dead of winter and tasty sauces. I thought the bread and falafel could have used a touch more flavor. I felt the small would be a good size for a child and the medium would be better for an adult who is not too hungry.

I felt much healthier when I left...my body actually felt better instantly. I recommend it for anyone who feels lacking in nutrients.

I have to say Kuumba du Falafel in Tokyo makes even better falafel though.

The service was lightning fast- I do not think I waited even 10 seconds for the hummus pita to come out. Even the other staff members were laughing about how fast my waiter could make the food. I do not think I have ever gotten food so fast after ordering.

There are vegan marks on the menu by the desserts and foods that are appropriate for vegans but not on the drinks.

I thought the prices were fair.

Edit- I went back a second time and ordered the medium baba ganoush pita sandwich and it was amazing and full of flavor. I definitely think baba ganoush is the thing to order there.

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-12

Pros: Healthy food and ingredients selected with care, Reasonably priced, Incredibly fast service

Cons: Serves meat, Vegan drinks are not marked on the menu

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Flavour - Edit

Full of flavour. I had the pita falafel with potato wedges, hummus and, because I asked politely, avocado on the side. I swear, they should put the avo IN the pita! So good. Nice view. Had it been cooler outside, I would have eaten in the small courtyard.

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-09

Pros: Lots of veggie options., Eat-in and take-away is possible., English menu and somewhat English-speaking staff.

Cons: A little pricey, especially for soy products.

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5 stars!! all the way. - Edit

For some reason it won't let me give 5 stars but I'd give 10 if possible! The best falafel I've ever had. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys middle eastern food. Hands down the best I've ever had. My boyfriend is a meat eater and even he thought it was the best he's ever had. He got the chicken kabab and the falafel. Was disappointed he'd eaten the falafel first! Ha! Try it out if you're curious. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: vegan, meat options, desert

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Authentic and delicious falafel near Demachiyanagi Station - Edit

This is my go-to place whenever I have a falafel craving. It is conveniently located at a 3-minute walk away from Demachiyanagi station and they are usually always open, making it a reliable option for vegans and vegetarians looking for food in that area. I've been there way too many times for a quick lunch or dinner because it is so readily available and filling. Large seating space also caters to large crowds. The best vegan option is the falafel pita sandwich that is filled with hearty falafels, lots of veggies and topped with a drizzle of nutty tahini sauce. The pita bread is absolutely fluffy and soft, one of the best I've had. However, the drinks are overpriced (with a huge increase in price for soy alternatives to non vegan drinks) and the dessert menu is lacking in vegan options. although they have begun selling raw vegan cakes from Raw Peace Japan as of last year. Great option if you're near the station and last minute resort if other places are closed.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-22

Pros: Really delicious falafel pita sandwich, Extremely close to the station, Always open

Cons: Overpriced drink menu, Limited vegan options for dessert, Smell of cooking meat on the first floor

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Middle Eastern food - Edit

I wanted to try Middle Eastern food and i liked it at Falafel Garden. I had the Pita set and i think is suitable also for Japanese customer. Not spicy.

Pros: Not spicy, Good portion

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Big and tasty filled pitas! - Edit

Went here after reading the reviews here with my girlfriend. We chose the double pita, which didn't seem that big on the photos, so we also ordered some fried potatoes on the side. We are so full! The pitas were delicious, both the falafel and the avocado with lovely cheese. And bigger than expected.

We may come back for lunch and order only pita then. I also want to try the Baba Ganoush and Humus pitas!

Pros: Lots of vegetarian choices. Mostly vegan btw. Mayb, Vegan cake choices. Didn't try it, but they go, Very reasonably priced. And the staff is good enou

Cons: None that I know of.

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falafel! - Edit

Nice falafel with salad & hummous in delicious pitta bread. Good place to pop for lunch whilst exploring.

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Excellent Falafel - Edit

We really enjoyed the food here, and even were happy that they offer take out as well. The Falafel was some of the best we've ever had, and everything was fresh and delicious. Friendly and quick service. There is a backyard garden too.

Pros: Delcious Food, Take Out

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Yummy Vegan Falafel - Edit

I went here for a take-out falafel to eat later. The interior is pleasant and I would definitely go back again to eat-in for a casual meal. I got the falafel pita with extra baba ganoush, and it was really good - even a few hours later. The pita was soft, it had a nice balance of veggies, and there was lots of flavour!

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-12

Pros: Yummy , Lots of vegan options, Casual but pleasant atmosphere

Cons: Not fully vegan

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Not to be missed! - Edit

the vegan falafels are out of this world, some of the best I've had! They also have vegetarian options and meat options as well. check this place out!

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very tasty! - Edit

takeout falafel from here was best I've ever had. really liked the ethos of the owner and staff judging by the posters on the wall calling for peace, no to gmo foods and other vital causes

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one of our faves - Edit

Always consistent with taste and freshness. We eat here a lot because it's reasonably priced, lovely cozy seating, friendly service, and the only falafel spot we know of in Kyoto. Portions are a bit small so we tend to add some side dishes like extra hummus, fries and baklava. Lots of veggie options.

Pros: taste, quality, cozy

Cons: small-ish portions, a bit far from everything

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Absolutely delicious - Edit

You can sit by the window and watch the sakura on the oposite street. Has a separate Vegan Menu. Take-out available. Not your typical veg options, so it's an interesting and delicious experience.

Pros: Clear and separate veg menú, Friendly staff, Cozy

Cons: Serves Meat

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Yummy - Edit

This place was pretty funny: a Middle Eastern restaurant, playing Hindi chant and what I can only describe as "cosmic accordion" music, staffed and frequented almost entirely by Japanese people... It cracked me up. That being said, I had a very good meal here for a reasonable amount of money. I especially liked how you could order the pita sandwiches in different sizes, depending on how hungry you are. Definitely worth a visit if you're up in Demachiyanagi.

Pros: Vegan options clearly marked, Filling, Dish names translated into English

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Good falafel! - Edit

One of few vege friendly places open on a Sunday. Went recently and enjoyed falafels, pita and baba ghanoush. Pricing quite reasonable compared to other "western" options. Comfortable environment including reclining tables as an option. Recommended! Bigger portions than many restaurants in Japan, but smaller than western servings.

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Good Food, Hard Location, Many Options - Edit

Compared to Australia the serving size is a bit on the small side, still very filling. The falafel option was very good with a nice sauce. Minimal English spoken by some of the Japanese staff, menu in English. I got along fine knowing zero Japanese.

Pros: Filling, Tastes Good

Cons: Not Absolutely Easy To Find

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Try not to get lost walking down Hiei-zan... - Edit

...but if you do, come here for tasty big plates of falafel, fluffy pita,creamy hummus, garlicy baba ganoush, ice cream and beer afterward. Staff delightful, food delicious, good atmosphere. Even an interesting toilet. Close to Demachiyanagi station and the best choice in that area now (sadly) Cafe Proverbs has shut. Also has choices for omnivores, mine was delighted by his schnitzi after spending hours searching for nonexistent trails down the holy mountain.

Pros: Delicious food, Something for everyone, Can sit outside

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Delicious Falafel - Edit

I've been going to Falafel Garden at least once a week for the past month, and I'm never disappointed. Their falafel pita is outstanding, certainly some of the best I've ever had (try it with a side of green chili). They also have take away, including frozen precooked falafel.
Beautiful space and friendly staff. I highly recommend it.
Menu has English translation

Pros: Best falafel ever, easy access, efficient, friendly service

Cons: serves meat

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Best Pitas I've Ever Had - Edit

I eat baba ganouj pitas frequently, as they're a commonly vegan item, but I have never encountered baba ganouj so delicious. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful, and it's on such a quiet little street. It was also within walking distance of the guesthouse I was staying at, so I went almost every day I was in Kyoto. I could eat two pitas (baba ganouj, humous and falafel are all vegan), and a soy banana milkshake and then go back to the guest house and sleep like a baby. Love how their vegan options are clearly marked - special thing to find in Japan, where vegetarianism is uncommon. The owner is really nice and friendly, but some of the staff are pretty formal and distant. This is not uncommon for Japanese culture, but it was a stark contrast to the very friendly and open owner.

Pros: Great food, Beautiful atmosphere, Cute, quiet street

Cons: Serve meat, Some staff distant or awkward

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Delicious option to diversify your diet - Edit

After Falafel Garden changed it's location the place is much roomier. They have normal tables and japanese-style seats. the food is delicious and not too expensive. I wouldn't recommend to take the "Falafel plate" because they served me everything what is also inside a normal falafel, but it's much more expensive. I haven't been there while there where smokers, but I was told when people smoke downstairs, the non-smoking area upstairs will also be smoky.

Pros: Price is reasonable (esp. 2 pita-choice), nice ambience

Cons: serves meat, some dishes are too expensive

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:) - Edit

Nice place and delicious falafels. For a change, it was wonderful to have a protein source in Japan that's not soy. A good-sized lunch meal for a good price (around 1000 yen for a pita falafel and french fries).

Main dishes are clearly marked if they are vegan, and there are many options. Others such as desserts aren't marked, so ask the staff about it. I accidentally ate dairy cream on top of a soy pudding because I didn't realize that everything is not vegan.

Pros: tasty falafels, menu marked for vegan dishes, reasonable price

Cons: serves meat and dairy

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