Nataraj - Minato-ku

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B1F Sanwa-Aoyama Bldg, 2-22-19 Mimami-aoyama, Minato-ku (at Aoyama Ave, 1 minute walk from Gaienmae station on Ginza-line Eidan-Subway), Tokyo, Japan

Vegetarian Indian food. Has an English menu. Limited vegan options. Nice atmosphere. Address in Japanese: 東京都港区南青山2-22-19. 56 seats. Uses produce from its own farms. Philosophy is, "Natural is Healthy.". Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-11:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Indian

11 Reviews

First Review by feorag

Good Vegan Indian Food - Edit

I loved it. It has an interesting take on Indian food. Loved it, was unique.

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Absolutely delicious - Edit

I love this place, me and my boyfriend come here all the time and the vegan naan is to die for . The food is delicious and the people who work here are so nice!!

Pros: Tasty vegan naan, Delicious Japanese style Indian curry , Nice staff

Cons: Pretty out of the way

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interesting japanese take on indian food - Edit

I came here with my non-veg friend tonight and we were both very pleased with the meal! I thought the food was very clearly a Japanese interpretation of Indian food so somewhat unlike any Indian food I've had before. It was pretty good, a bit too salty but nicely spiced and the (green!) vegan naan was super fluffy and delicious. Not all the food is vegan but they've put a green dot next to all the items that contain dairy so it's easy enough to tell what is suitable and what isn't.

Pros: Nice food, vegan choices clearly marked

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just crummy - Edit

1. 10% discount through happy cow is a lie. they will give you a 10% on 2 dishes and if you pay cash.
2. this is not indian food. it is japaniezed indian food that resembles nothing like you get in india, dubai, london, or los angeles....it was good. not delicious or exceptional.
3. portions are small.

you can do better for vegetarian or vegan in tokyo... better indian food available in ginza.... the review system only allows a low score of 2 stars for vegan/vege restaurants. that is not serious...... this restaurant deserves less for the price...

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Incredible Indian! - Edit

A favorite of ours with plenty of delicious vegan options, including the nan! The Nataraj Special, Baigan Bhurta, and Saag Palak are among our favorites. Other Tokya locations: Shibuya, Ginza, and Ogikubo.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, English menu

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Delicious Vegan and Vegetarian Indian Food - Edit

I live in Tokyo and visit this restaurant regularly. The reason I continue to do so is because of this restaurant's delicious and satisfying food. I cannot agree with any review on HappyCow that damns this restaurant with faint praise -- such a review is not consistent with my experience. I have brought numerous non-vegetarian friends to Nataraj, and we have tried various vegan curries on the menu. (Incidentally, a standout choice is Mushroom Palak - superb!) All of my friends have raved about this restaurant after we visited, noting that "vegan food" can be delicious and satisfying! (As if this comes as a surpise to us...) Nataraj is one of my standard recommendations for friends visiting Tokyo from out of town looking for a tasty vegan restaurant. While the menu is not vegan in its entirety (some dishes contain dairy or eggs), there are many vegan selections to choose from. Nataraj is also the only restaurant in Tokyo I am aware of that has vegan naan, which is generally made using eggs. Another standout! I have tried Indian food in various countries, and in my experience this restaurant is one of the most satisfying.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly staff, Vegan naan

Cons: Some menu items not vegan

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Just ok - Edit

Lunch "buffet" on Tue, 5-20-2014, featured salad, rice, naan, rice pudding, and only four meager and quite watery curries without many vegetables. Price approximately $10. Tasted pretty good, felt sort of satisfied. Not the best, not the worst. Just ok, wouldn't go back.

Pros: Taste

Cons: Small space, Meager choices for buffet

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Burning food adds to the flavour? - Edit

I'm always reluctant to write bad reviews for vegetarian restaurants, especially an institution like Nataraj, who have been keeping vegetarians in Japan alive for years. But I think their reputation has got to them too much, and after my recent experience I feel I need to share it with anyone considering going there for dinner.

We ordered a typical meal for two: two drinks, poppadoms, pakoras, two curries and their vegan naan. When we got the Aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry) it tasted horribly burnt, and the whole cumin seeds in it were charcoal black, so it was obvious they had burned the curry, or possibly just the curry powder. We politely told the waitress (who I think is the manager) that it tasted burnt and asked if she or the chef could try it to check it was how it was supposed to taste. She took it out the back and from where we were sitting we saw the chef try a spoonful.

The chef came out and told us that it was supposed to taste burnt like that, that it always does, and that it was perfectly fine and healthy and nothing to worry about. While their curries are rather insipid (even after paying the extra 100 Yen for them to add chilli powder so it tastes like a curry) it doesn't take a five-star Indian chef to know that burning a curry doesn't make it taste any better. The chef then told us that its easy to burn aloo gobi because its a dry curry (which is true) but still tried to pass it off as intentional to add flavour.

We finished the whole meal except for the burnt curry, and as I got up to pay the manager came over and, seeing that we hadn't eaten it, apologised again for it being burnt. She then proceeded to charge us for it!?! So after a 7,000 yen meal for two we left feeling hungry and unsatisfied, and with a burnt taste in our mouths - literally!

Also beware that they don't include the tax in their prices, so especially with the recent increase your meal will cost significantly more than you expect, and certainly more than a much better meal would cost at Govindas, Gopinathas or my personal favourite Veggie Herb Saga. Their lunch buffet, however, is still the cheapest filling meal in Tokyo, so if that's what you want it may be worth a visit. But their dinner menu is simply not worth the cost, even if you can convince them not to burn your curry.

Pros: cheap lunchtime buffet

Cons: burn their curry to give it flavour???, small portions (a la carte), expensive (dinner)

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Healthy Indian Food - Edit

I've been eating at this restaurant for 20 years...it has moved locations and expanded a few times but the food is still the same. They offer healthy Indian food using less oil and everything is vegetarian.

They recently added a lunch buffet which is great value.

I find many Indian restaurants to be quite oily and this is one of the few restaurants that doesn't use much oil in their curries. If you go for dinner the tandori dishes are really nice.

Pros: Tasty Food , Gluten curries, Excellent breads

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Good food - Edit

I usually dont like Indian food but I loved the food at Nataraj. Nataraj is a chain of about 5 resturants in Japan, and it saved us many times from going starving on our vacation.

This resturant was easy to find if you have a map, just a 3 min walk from the metro station. Its in a basement, and not so fancy as the one we visited in Osaka. I had a curry with tofu and eggplant, loved it:) We payed about 4500 yen for dinner, rice, nan bread and drinks, not that expensive.

Pros: english menus, easy to find, good food

Cons: in a basement

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Interesting Indian variation - Edit

This branch of Nataraj is located in a basement, down a flight of stairs, and provides Indian vegetarian food. But, if you were expecting South Indian food, or any of the vast range of vegetarian dishes from that subcontinent, you'll be in for a surprise. As is so often the case in east Asia, the food here is heavy on the fake meat.

There are a number of good-value set menus, but this time I opted for à la carte. I started with the gluten tikka. I've never had tikka before, as British curry houses only do meaty ones, and was intrigued as to what it tasted like. My omni partner nicked a piece and said it was very accurate. My main course was spinach with plain rice. The spinach was tinned, but nicely spiced, and there were lumps of gluten to break up the texture a little. My partner had a mushroom and mock chicken dish, with fried rice and a garlic naan.

All in all, Nataraj provides a good facsimile of British Indian food.

Pros: keeps the omnivores happy, friendly, English spoken

Cons: ingredients out of tins

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