Kururu

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3rd floor, 8-1 Konishicho, Narashi, Nara, Japan, 630-8226

Natrural cafe located in the tiny street near arcade in Kintetsu Nara station (3 minute walk). Has a vegan tofu 'hamburg' (no bread), a vegan noodle, etc. Dec 2017 reported no longer using fish stock. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic

33 Reviews

First Review by Tsaoling

Sweet and cosy - Edit

We ate there after a day visiting Nara. The food was delicious and beautiful. The owner (?) was sweet and made great efforts to talk to us even if she didn't speak English well.
Everything in the menu is beautiful, delicious and healthy.

Pros: Beautiful food, Nice waitress, Good location

Cons: The plates may be a bit too small

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Nice place to eat in Nara and super friendly staff - Edit

This place is really lovely and the staff is super friendly. If it's a little bit crowded you have to wait at least 20 to 30 min. Although the staff cannot speak a lot of English they have a little book with English phrases and the menu to make your communication a little bit easier. The food is really tasty, but a little pricey. Highly recommended! We enjoyed our lunch!

Pros: Delicous vegan food , Friendly staff

Cons: Pricey

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Super Vegan Lunch at Nara !!! - Edit

It was great to find Vegan Restaurant at Nara... Food was just Super. 👍👍

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Very nice! - Edit

Was glad to find this place in Nara as there aren't many options. We walked past it once as the entrance is on the street and the name isn't on the sign (the restaurant is actually on the 2nd floor).

Food was really tasty - I had the curry which I recommend. The banana bread for dessert was delicious!

Very friendly staff.



Updated from previous review on 2018-04-09

Pros: Excellent banana bread, Tasty curry, Quiet atmosphere

Cons: Banana bread portion was a little small, entrance isn't the easiest to spot, a little pricy

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Couldn't be better - Edit

Was overjoyed to find this place as been struggling a bit in some areas of Japan. Nishio welcomed us personally, and in very good English explained the menu options to us as well as explaining portion size. The food came reasonably quickly considering she was alone, and it was INCREDIBLE! One of my best meals in Japan - and my non-vegan mother thoroughly enjoyed hers too, and has even vowed to try keep it up! The restaurant itself is lovely and cosy with a very relaxing vibe. Overall very very pleased with finding this place!

Pros: great food, ambiance, service

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Super - Edit

Super friendly staff and yummy food. A little pricey but really nice experience.

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Good food in a very cosy atmosphere - Edit

We had a good lunch in this little restaurant. The lady doesn't speak much english but she tries to explain at her best what's in the menu ! I would recommend this place even if it was a bit pricy (approx. 5000 yens for 2 people with a main dish a tea).

Pros: tasty !

Cons: a bit pricy

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Very nice lunch - Edit

Located on the third floor, it is a very cosy place. We took the tofuburger wich was very nice and filling. A nice salad on the side with soydressing and a bowl of brown rice. I highly reccomend it.

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Great friendly service! - Edit

Went to this restaurant for lunch after visiting Nara deer park and it was excellent the lady working was very kind and although she spoke little English had a handy book with translations set out to help her which made order easy when I only speak a little Japanese
We got the tofu Hamburg which was delicious!

Pros: great service , delicious food, friendly comfortable atmosphere

Cons: none

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delicious food and friendly vibe - Edit

There’s lots of great vegan food in Japan but I think the most friendly and relaxing meal was here. The waitress spoke very limited English but she’d gone to the effort of handwriting the translated menu in English as well as pages of sentences that she might need so she was able to communicate anything she needed to say and tell me about each dish, the restaurants philosophy, etc. The effort was lovely.
I had the tofu burger meal on the waitresses recommendation and she was quite right - it was really delicious and had little tastes of various items along with the burger patty and a nice refreshing salad. After dinner I had a slice of banana cake which was flavourful and moist - served with soy cream and edible flowers. Coffee was also good.
Highly recommend visiting when in Nara and supporting this small business. It’s upstairs so look out for the sign next to a small lift lobby and head up.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly service , Relaxing environment

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Very nice - Edit

We spent my wife's birthday and had an amazing time. Food was great vegetarian and service was really good

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Very good service and food! - Edit

In a very quaint area on 3F, no one else was in the cafe but it felt very homely with relaxing music. I had the tofu burger and it was really good!

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Homely Place near Nara Park - Edit

The food was great with some unusual parts. It is definetly worth trying. The staff is really super nice with fantastic englisch skills. The place has a nice view and it feels really homely. They have soy milk for your coffee and its easy reachable, if you visit Narapark. Ohh and i actually had the impression, that my food was healthy. So i would recommend the place.

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posto carinissimo - Edit

Un posto carinissimo e pulitissimo. Il menu era davvero fantastico come la qualità del cibo.

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Peaceful after Nara lunch - Edit

A cosy place with wonderfully happy staff. The food was inventive and delicious. A bit pricey but that seems to be the way of vegan places in Japan as a whole, no stars to take away for that.

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health foods - Edit

Great foods. Health. Warm. Nice. Cook from heart

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Worth the trip - Edit

Equally as exciting as feeding the deer in Nara is feeding yourself at this wonderful cafe tucked away on this cute little street in Nara. The food is vegan, homemade, and delicious. The service was warm and personable. I recommend highly!

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Greay quiet little spot - Edit

All vegan and staff are very friendly, this little place is a nice quiet place to enjoy a meal just off from the busy shopping street of nara.

Pros: Friendly staff

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Hidden Gem - Edit

Lovely little place on the 3rd floor down a little alleyway.
Great service, cute, quiet ambiance & the food was great! I was about to get on the train to head back to Kyoto and I thought let me see what's around here that's vegan---I'm glad I did!

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Cozy and Relaxing Cafe - Edit

Thanks to Happy Cow I found this place.

The place is quite nice and after travelling whole day, one of the good place to sit enjoy your meal and coffee. The lady who I think is the owner is very sweet and kind. Explained me n my wife what exactly the Veg. dishes are.

Awesome coffee which will relax you after a long day.

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Quiet, but great food - Edit

The place itself is very quiet and has relaxing sounds playing. The woman that served us could not have been more accommodating, she was lovely and the service was fantastic. The food was great, I had salad with homemade dressing, and a curry. There’s not much in Nara, so this little gem is a great find!

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Beautiful cafe, best service! - Edit

This place is beautiful with a relaxing atmosohere. My mum and I went there for dinner and we were seated immediately by the owner, who also offered us hangers for our coats, baskets for our scarves and gloves, and blankets for us to keep warm. She speaks good English, and was able to explain to us in details their new year menu.

We ordered the brown rice set which came with a veggie patty, soup and a few side dishes, as well as the noodle soup. Portion sizes were good and the taste was fantastic! I especially loved the patty. To finish off our meals we were offered two different types of herb tea. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend this place!

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Warm & Welcoming - Edit

The restaurant was easy to find, and we were greeted and seated by the sole employee immediately. She was sweet and happy, and enthusiastically explained to us, in English, the vegan meals they had available, in addition to their special New Year's options.

Pros: Good food, carefully made and proudly presented.

Cons: A little pricey, but you get a good amount for you

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Fantastic Food and Wonderful Owner - Edit

Went here for lunch and had the tofu burger. The food was excellent - the burger was handmade and was served alongside rice, miso soup and various other small dishes. The owner was very friendly and understanding of dietary requirements. Beyond that she spoke good English and was very helpful in recommending further acitivities in Nara.

Pros: Excellent Food, Lovely Owner

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Great Food and Service - Edit

The waitress was extremely courteous and professional. She initially asked me to clarify my dietary preferences and then took me through the menu, pausing to reassure me that she understood my requirements. She was especially specific on fish stock (not used in Miso).

I ordered the Tofu meal. It is not a ‘burger’ (no bun) but a Tofu Pattie and it was delicious and filling - came with various sides.

Food came in reasonable time - I’m always happy to wait as it’s a sign of fresh preparation.

I would eat here again, and have no trouble recommending it.

Pros: service, freshness, price

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a-ok food in Nara - Edit

I’m reading through these reviews and wondering if the other reviewers speak Japanese. If you c an communicate, everything is great!. The owner was knowledgeable about vegan and vegetarian diets and showed us the veg options. She checked a few times and we made sure no katsuodashi was in anything. Omnivores have the option of dashi with fish in it but the owner is lovely and made sure my needs were met. The food makes a solidly good lunch and prepares you for an afternoon of wandering about. A good option. I give this four stars because the food is totally ok and does the trick of filling you up.

Pros: four veg options, good location, good variety

Cons: a little on the simple side. expensive

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Charming & cosy with very friendly staff! - Edit

This was such a charming little place! The staff were incredibly friendly and gave me many options while they were preparing my dish, and made sure I was happy with the ingredients they were using in my meal. I ordered a delicious gyoza lunch set, where the gyoza wrap was made with sliced radish instead of flour. Very welcoming and cosy, and right across from an adorable cat cafe too! They do use fish stock in some dishes but if you specify you are vegan they will prepare fully vegan meals - there are several options to choose from :)

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