Shama Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 38 reviews )
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Kurasho Bldg, B1. 1-3-7, Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, 550-0014

Vegetarian Indian food menu offering dishes like soy meat tikka, eggplant keema curry with minced gluten meat, and tikka with soy ham. Almost all dishes can be made vegan. Location is in Yotsubashi at 大阪府大阪市西区北堀江1-3-7 倉商ビルB1, Yotsubashi station exit 6. Uses no onion or garlic (不含五辛). Gluten-free options. This restaurant is a NPO running an orphanage and school in Bihar, India so you can donate by eating here. Has menu in Chinese. Also sells natural cosmetics and toothpaste from India. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon 11:00am-3:00pm, Tue-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm, Wed-Sun 11:00am-3:00pm. Kitchen stops 9pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian

38 Reviews

First Review by David Ward

Delicious food and good portion size - Edit

Not much to add to the previous reviews.
The food is very good (although not the best Indian food I ever had) and the serving size is just right (a HUGE Naan!).
Staff speaks English and can point out all the vegan options.
Food was served quickly and the staff was very attentive.

Pros: Good prize, Serving size

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delicious! - Edit

Looks a bit dodge when you walk in but the waiter was very helpful he straight up asked if we were vegan and told me there was a vegan naan available. The menu has little milk stickers next to non vegan dishes :) food came out very quickly. We had the steamed dumplings, mixed vegetable curry, chickpea curry and aloo saag (spinach potato) and some chapati bread. Everything was delicious and tasted really fresh. Meal was cheap too! Highly recommend :)

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Best Indian Food and Super Friendly Staff :) - Edit

Hands down the best Indian food I've tasted in a long time in a Indian restaurant, and down to earth staff always attentive and kind.

On the first day, we were quite late (5 minutes before closing), but the staff especially Sanjay was very kind and accommodated us.

Food was super delicious too, which made our food trip from Shin Osaka to Shinsaibashi much more worthwhile!

We went there everyday during our stay and every time the food was made freshly with care and the taste also consistently delicious :) I loved the Cheese Naan, Malai Paneer and Lassi :)

This is an undiscovered little gem, and I hope many others enjoy the food too :)) Will recommend this restaurant anytime!

Pros: Authentic Indian Food, Super kind and Friendly Staff, Many Food Varieties

Cons: None

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sneaky shellfish?? - Edit

I went here for dinner tonight with my partner. We had a great meal, ordered 2 curries, some naan, and rice. Food tastes so good! But when we got back to our hotel I noticed my stomach feeling very off like I was getting a food allergy reaction. Sure enough I became very ill. The only food item I am allergic to is shellfish which leads me to believe it was sneakily in there or it came in contact with it some how. Please be careful if you are a strict vegan/vegetarian and especially if you have an allergy like me!!

Pros: all vegetarian food, lots of vegan options

Cons: perhaps sneaky shellfish in curries :( :(

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nandni 10 Apr 2018 - First of all, on behalf of all staff of our restaurant Shama, we deeply apologize for this uncomfortable situation that you had to go through. We absolutely do not use any fish product not meat products, our restaurant is 100% vegetarian due to strict Indian religious order. We will be highly appreciated if you could please tell me which menu did you order at our restaurant? We will go through all the ingredients but chances are very few that could contain any of the animal products. We hope to get your understanding towards this matter and hope you will comeback to enjoy our restaurant again.

Akiyo, Shama vegetarian restaurant  


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amazing veggie/vegan indian - Edit

We loved this place and are going back again. Don't let your first impression get the better of you as at first we thought it didn't look up to much.
We had the set meal which is veggie but can be made vegan. The nan bread is huge and some of the best ever had. The curries seem small but taste amazing plus tb starters were also really tasty.

Pros: the food can be veganises for you if it isn't alre

Cons: it doesn't look great when you first arrive

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So full, cant move - Edit

Some of the best value for money eats with their amazing lunch and dinner specials.

Cant get enough of the curry stuff

Pros: The naan is so big it goes off the table, Great specials

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Lovely authentic Indian food - Edit

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals here! All vegan items are clearly marked and most non vegan items can be made vegan.
The price is also very good for the quality and amount of food you get.
Highly recommended!

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Decent - Edit

Went there shortly before closing time, so perhaps my experience wasn't as good as it could've been. Staff were welcoming and spoke good English. Ordered the soy burger set. The food was okay, but wasn't as flavoursome as I'd hoped and the serving sizes looked small compared to the picture on the menu. Still, the food was very decent and I'm thankful to have found it at the hour I went.

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Not For Me - Edit

I have a few friends who really like and enjoy this place, so I'm sorry to write a negative review, but it just isn't for me. I've been several times and gotten a stomach ache after eating, which isn't common for me. I'm quite sensitive to oil, and their curry is quite heavy on it, so that might be why. Once though I was also served a glass of dairy milk "on the house" even though I'd told them before I was vegan, which struck me as totally bizarre. I've also had mixed experiences with the staff and just don't feel entirely comfortable going back. There are better options in the area in my opinion. Who knows though, it might be fine for you if you're looking for some veggie curry!

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-22

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Amazing food and a nice atmosphere - Edit

I had one of the best Indian meals I ever had at this place. The Curry was amazing and the set I ordered came with just the right amount of delicious Naan to fit the curry. Everything else was a delight as well. BTW I had the Namaste set.
I would definitely eat there again.

Pros: Perfect food at a fair price!

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Amazing soy tuna salad!! - Edit

This is my truly favorite vegetarian curry restaurant in Osaka !

I ordered soy tuna salad it tasted just like real tuna only better I loved it !! Please try Samndar (soy tuna) salad as an appetizer you'll be amazed!! Highly recommended!!

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Nice Indian Food! - Edit

Not easy to find vegetarian food in Osaka but we were lucky enough to find this place and dine here twice during our short 9 day stay in Osaka.

Love the spinach Naan with their curries.

Friendly staff, easy to find location near Yotsubashi Station.

Pros: Nice Indian Food that warm us up in cold Osaka., Easy to find location., Friendly staff

Cons: Serving size small. Even with paneer.

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Amazing! - Edit

This was maybe the most amazing Indian food I have ever had. Although, do make sure to specify you want the vegan naan. My meal was reasonably priced and came with so many dishes, I was stuffed!

Pros: Delicious Food, Great Value

Cons: Small Restaurant, Difficult to communicate with wait staff

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Friendly staff with yummy food! - Edit

After arriving very late for dinner (9pm) the staff could not have been more accomodating. We mostly let the waiter choose the best vegan options for the dinner set menu and was pleasantly surprised with the food. There was entree of samosa and pakora which was delicious and then 2 curries with naan (vegan available!!). The curries were good, nothing out of the world but being able to have naan definitely made up for it. Finished with chai tea and an interesting sesame and soy milk dessert made for a lovely night. I recommend this place for a quick and yummy dinner.

Note that they do not serve alcohol here.

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Good Value - Edit

Tasty samosas, nice dal fry but it was qay too small, approx just 3 spoonfuls. I wasn't sure about the paratha, I was informed it was vegan, but it seemed like it might be made with egg, can't be sure though, I'd recommend any vegans to double check. Also, one of the chefs/waiters seemed a little strange, I asked in Japanese to make the curry very spicy, he just looked scared and ran into the kitchen :/

Pros: Samosas, Good price, quite low cost actually

Cons: Small curry, Doesn't sell alcohol

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Shama Vegetarian, Osaka - Edit

This place is easy to find. The set lunch deals they offer are pretty decent value.

Pros: Vegan friendly

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Very Nice Indian Restaurant - Edit

This indian restaurant is very nice, small but with very nice staff and the kitchen is just right behind. All meals can be turned vegan and it is really delicious as well as not expensive especially for lunch.

Pros: Delicious, Good value, Friendly

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tasty Indian food - Edit

Great food, authentic Indian food with a great mint and coriander spicy chutney, it looks a little shabby, however the food is awesome and the gents that work there are lovely. Plus it's all for a good cause, the guys working there have opened 3 schools with the proceeds. Kudos

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Good Indian Food in Osaka - Edit

I love Indian food so was excited to try Shama Vegetarian Indian! The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful in pointing out what is and isn't vegan. I had a dinner set with a bunch of different items, the best being the samosa and naan. The curries were meant to be different but tasted the same. If located nearby it's worth popping in to try, I haven't had naan since going vegan so that was particularly exciting!

Pros: Vegan naan, Plenty of options, Friendly staff

Cons: Lacking in atmosphere

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Lovely people and great food! - Edit

Everytime I've been to Osaka (5 times) I have visited this restaurant and it never fails to impress me. The food it traditional and reminds me of home cooked food my mum makes. The staff speak English and there is an English menu available. One time I visited the restaurant and they were closed for a private event, but the owner recognised me and let me join! Super friendly.

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Delicious and reasonable! - Edit

A small but somewhat cozy Indian/Hare Krishna restaurant very close to the Shinsaibashi area. This was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised with both the food quality and service. You can order by set or a la carte. I tried the Veg Pakora Dinner set which was really tasty and included: 2 types of curry (4 to choose from and changes daily), a samosa, pakora (6pcs), soup, salad, rice, naan, a drink, and dessert - all for only ¥1500! (incl. tax). Oh, and spiced pickles and green hot sauce on the table. I'll be back the next time I'm in Osaka!

Pros: Great food, Great service, Great value

Cons: Closed on Monday evenings

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Better than EVERY Indian at home - Edit

Home = Germany.
Had to go to Japan to find this place - BY ACCIDENT.
Cheap in price, great in quality.
Veggie, vegan if requested, Jain option - what else could one dream of.
So happy!

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Cheap veg*n food and lots of it! - Edit

PRICE: truly cheap

FOOD: good but nothing special, I liked the curry better than the noodles, I was sceptic about the goma dessert but it was actually really good (soft fresh taste not at all like goma-dōfu), portions are huge so go hungry :)

INTERIOR: basement floor, not fancy but cosy enough, clean modern toilet

Pros: really cheap!, big portions

Cons: food isn't spectacularly good, not so fancy interior

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Essential - Edit

Osaka was maddeningly difficult for veggie food; not only due to the lack of non-meat options in regular restaurants, but also because places listed on HC were hard to find (buildings appeared to house multiple businesses, and aren't always clearly visible from the outside). However, this restaurant was easy to find from the map on this site, and visible from the street. The menu was in English and the staff also spoke English. But most important of all the food was wholesome and delicious, not to mention cheap compared to regular restaurants in the city.

Pros: Location, Food , Price

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Very good! - Edit

I've been there three times so far and I love the food. I had vegan naan for the first time there since I became vegan, which was amazing! The staff is very friendly, and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. It's close to the Shinsaibashi shopping street, too!

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Happy! - Edit

Cheap & cheerful vegetarian restaurant! :)

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I ordered the curry noodle set - Edit

I ordered the curry noodle set. I generally love salads in Japan, but this was sad and too soy sauce-y. The momos skin was too chewy. The soup was fine. The curry noodles themselves were really bad. On the plus side, the location is convenient, and it was pretty cheap.

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