Shama Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 33 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). 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-Sun 11:00am-3:00pm, Tue-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm. Kitchen stops 9pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian

33 Reviews

First Review by David Ward

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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Try the ladies set meal - Edit

I've been to this restaurant a few times. It's in the heart of Namba/Shinsaibashi so easy to get to and easy to find as it is on the corner of a main road. The ladies set is a really good deal, and there are plenty of vegan curries to choose from. The place is a little small, and can sometimes seem fairly quiet but don't let this distract you from the good food and the good prices.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday November 27, 2013

Pros: Inexpensive, Plenty of choice, Good location

Cons: Bit quiet and small

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Great food, cozy restaurant - Edit

We stumbled upon this restaurant yesterday and were very, very happy we did so. The food was absolutely great, the staff friendly even though they didn't speak much English and the atmosphere was cozy. Menus in English. They had a lunch menu, Naan bread with different sorts of curry (you could choose between 4 curries of the day) and a soup plus drink for a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend it, and will definitely go back during my stay here in Osaka!

Pros: Great food, Cozy, Friendly staff

Cons: Crowded at lunch time

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Vegans be specific - Edit

I've visited this restaurant on my last two visits to Osaka. I found the food delicious, and the owner friendly and very passionate about his cause (educating homeless children in India) so I was happy to eat there and support it. So I'm reluctant to write a somewhat negative review, but feel the need to warn vegans to watch what they eat there. On my last visit, nearly two months ago, I was assured that their vege meat was vegan, and as such I ordered a set meal with it. Always mistrustful of fake meat (which usually contains milk, often egg and sometimes worse) I left the slither of fake meat on my plate. Otherwise the meal was delicious. After my meal I explained to the owner that I have a vegan blog (true) and wanted to promote his restaurant on it, but first I needed to be absolutely sure that it was vegan, and that fake meat often isn't, so I asked if I could see the packet it came from. He quickly got it out of the fridge, and when I checked the ingredients it contained milk protein. The owner seemed genuinely surprised and apologetic, and explained that he had been assured by the supplier it was suitable for vegans (and he said he couldn't read the ingredients himself). He asked for my email address, and said he would check with the supplier and let me know. It seemed a bit strange since the ingredients clearly stated it contained milk, but he seemed genuinely concerned so I gave it to him. It's now been over a month, and I haven't heard from him. I also see soy ham still listed on their vegan menu, and another reviewer here saying he was served non-vegan food after ordering vegan within the last year. So I guess it's possible he's replaced it with another vegan soy meat (though I don't know of one in Japan), or there's some other explanation, but for now I just want to warn vegans to stay away from the fake meat (whatever you're told), and to be careful to ensure that your meal is vegan.

Pros: delicious Indian food, fairly priced and supports a good cause, convenient location

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nandni 05 Oct 2014 - Hello, Mr.JesseD
We are so sorry to provide you soya-ham although you are vegan. We really apologize it. It is our fault that we didn’t notice about containing dairy product in soya-ham. From that day which you told us about soya-ham we totally stopped providing soya-ham to vegan customers.
After your visiting we checked all menu and materials very carefully and found no any dairy products in Vegan menu.
We regretted it so much and decided to provide more Vegan menu than dairy menu.
In 17th Aug.2014 We did renewal all menu and add more vegan menu. We removed all Onion and Garlics and Alcohols. And we added the sign of dairy product for dairy menu.
So now we are trying hard for provide comfortable meals for all vegan.
Thank you so much for your comments and give us warning.
I hope you will visit us again and try our vegan menu again.
We provide vegan curry-noodle etc.

Sincerely,
Akiyo and Siddhartha
Indian Restaurant Shama
 


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JesseD 08 Oct 2014 - Daer Akiyo and Siddhartha

Thank you for your reply, and for introducing new vegan options. I'm pleased to hear you have labelled vegan dishes, as it will make it much easier for vegans to eat at your restaurant. I look forward to visiting your restaurant again when I'm next in Osaka.

Jesse  


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Delicious Indian food - Edit

Close to Shinsaibashi Station,very convenient.Many different types of menu.The Restaurant is smaller,but very Delicious. The boss is very kind.He can speak English and Japanes.

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Definitely worth a visit! - Edit

As mentioned in the description, the soy-tikka and the eggplant (soy) keema curry are absolutely delicious. Totally worth it. There are a number of other innovative Indian-style soy dishes that were really tempting but we couldn't try them all. I'd definitely like to go there again and sample the rest of the items in the menu.

The place (like every other vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Japan) was hard to find. The sign in front of the restaurant is in Japanese and is also very small. The only way to recognize the place is to look for Indian decor, and walk downstairs to find the place. The owner is Indian, and speaks better English than Japanese.

Pros: Great food, Innovative recipes, Number of veggie/vegan options

Cons: Hard to find, Entrance is underground, Place is small

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