Kusum Indian Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

2-12-21, 203 Ijin Plaza, Yamamoto dori, Chuoku, Kobe City, Japan, 650-0003

In famous tourist area in Kobe, an old foreigners colony called Ijinkan has so many Indian restaurants but most of them uses chicken or lamb, this restaurant is completely vegetarian (vegan option available). You can only choose one curry set, ¥ 900 ($9.00) for lunch and ¥1200 ($12.00) for dinner (prices as of 4/2014). Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-2:30pm, Tue-Sun 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Indian

5 Reviews

First Review by Vegeiko

Be Patient - Edit

I walked in, explained that I was vegan and asked if they could accommodate me. At first, the lady said “no, I’m afraid we can only do vegetarian”. Then, I heard another woman’s voice speaking in Hindi (?) and the lady began to ask me questions. After a bit of back and forth between me, the lady and the voice, we were able to reach a compromise. The food was really good! I had samosas, three curries, chapati, and rice. A good value at ¥1200. The restaurant seems to be a family-run operation: the voice later turned out to what I supposed to be the mother of the lady I was speaking to. Although it took a little while for them to warm up, the service experience, in the end, was very enjoyable. I’d definitely go back the next time I’m in Kobe.

Pros: Good food, Reasonably priced

Cons: Limited vegan options, You might have to clarify your needs

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Difficult to rate - Edit

I told the chef I was vegan and asked which curry I should choose (I'm not a vegan but wanted to know if they can serve vegan food). He recommended me the spinach and cheese curry. I'm not sure he understood veganism. Foods are good, but make sure you clarify what you don't eat.

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Good, cheap lunch set in quiet atmosphere - Edit

We went there in hopes of getting a decent Indian lunch and in terms of food, this place does not disappoint. The owner was kind of unfriendly or shy, she did not greet us when we went in and just proceeded to serve us water and then the menu. She did not even speak a word until the first plate. Unfortunately, I therefore did not manage to ask for a vegan version of the food in time (so I don't know if available), but the only animal products I spotted were milk in the chai and maybe the salad dressing.
The food was a lot, but very tasty and they serve extra chapati for free if needed. Absolutely no complaints here.

Cannot agree to the other review calling the place dirty. It was not very fancy (also no background music), but it was definitely clean, especially the bathroom was a nice surprise.

Can recommend overall for an affordable and tasty meal.

Pros: Really good food, Cheap

Cons: Somewhat unfriendly

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Home cooking - Edit

Basically a sad story-owner lost his main restaurant in a fire with no insurance...is now running this restaurant out of his spice store. Food is I suspect exactly what the family had for supper. Food was good, totally vegetarian///but ambiance dirty enough to put people off

Pros: good vege food

Cons: place needs dramatically cleaning up

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Little bit of India in Kobe!! - Edit

Located in famous slope to the mountain, Hunter zaka. The curry was soooo good I loved it! They also sells Indian spices and beans at very good price, also you can take curry or samosa home!

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