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Paprika Shokudo Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 39 reviews )
Contact 0665999788

1-9-9 Shinmachi, Nishiku (at downtown), Osaka, Japan, 550-0013

Vegan food restaurant in downtown Osaka, at 〒550-0013 大阪府 大阪市 西区 新町 1丁目 9-9. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:00pm, Mon-Sun 5:30pm-11:00pm. Last orders at 10pm.

Category: Vegan, Japanese

Reviews (39)

First Review by Vegeiko

tasty and very nice place! - Edit

A great vegan restaurant with big portion (so my husband is happy).
They use a lot of gluten meat so vegan can try Osaka's meat specialty cruelty free! They use a lot of oil and sauce.
I know most of their food is organic but I don't know about the gluten meat and oil... I should ask one day..

Pros: Very good food, Big portion

Cons: In winter it is cold inside

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Confusing - Edit

I'd heard so many great things about Paprika that I invited a friend to lunch. Then I just felt bad...

I can't figure out why people like this place! It is very cute. I loved the interior, but otherwise I can't think of a reason to go here again.

All I can remember of my lunch was trying to finish this bowl of "curry" which seemed to be just a pile of TVP with bland curry spices.
My friend was unimpressed too.

It gets so many good reviews, that I might give it another go by myself.

Pros: Cute interior

Cons: Gross food

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Tasty and satisfying - Edit

We got the (all vegan) broiled eel rice bowl, the fried oyster set menu dinner and the 4 item appetizer set. Really delicious! They also come by and give you a choice of items from an appetizer tray to start of your meal. We also had the screwdriver (organic orange, and mandarin orange which was an interesting touch), and the green smoothie.

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Outstanding vegan restaurant - Edit

This is an excellent vegan restaurant with a fantastic choice of food and drink. The staff were friendly and helpful and we loved it so much we went twice for dinner during our short stay in Osaka. The second time we went, we got talking to one of the staff members who was absolutely lovely and also concerned about us getting back to our apartment in the torrential rain.

Pros: Delicious food, Super-friendly staff, Nice vibe

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Just okay - Edit

This was our first meal in Osaka and we visited due to the excellent reviews on Happy Cow. The presentation of the food is excellent but the tastes were bland and underwhelming. The appetiser was by far the best part of the night, 4 chef chosen dishes which were all delicious and very well presented. We ordered the set menu for main which is very well sized with soy meat, salad, rice, miso and some avocado. The miso was tasteless, I did not finish it. We also ordered the veggie and 'anchovy' pizza which was smothered in a creamy yet tasteless sauce. It was impossible to cut with the pizza cutter provided.
Although the staff are friendly enough and they decor has such a raw and rustic feel, this venue is the first in Japan to receive a 3 from us. Very underwhelming unfortunately.

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just go its worth it - Edit

Got the hamburg set and was the best vegan mock meat I've ever had. Seriously. Just get it. The whole plate was filling and delicious and customer service was rlly nice. The interior design is so cute and cozy. One of my favorite vegan restaurants so far. Sadly they ran out of their soy milk soft serve that I wanted but all in all a great place to stop by.

Pros: cool vibes, delicious hamburg, great soup too

Cons: ran out of soft serve :(

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Vibrant, amazing tasting food - Edit

Great food, I had a "pizza" with veggies, soy meat and vegan cheese, it was very interesting, delicious, but didn't quite seem like a pizza haha! It was more like a circle of bread, conpletely covered with a selection of tasty treats, more like a pie without the edges. The decor is nice, fresh, cool, and cosy. The people were nice, service was great, the value for yen is good. They also sell a range of vegan foods, an interesting selection, but expensive. Highly recommend!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

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Wasted trip - Edit

Having seen good reviews for this place - and a negative comment on another local establishment where people had turned up to find it closed, without notice - we went out of our way to trek across town to Paprika on our last day in Osaka - in midsummer, with heavy luggage.

You've guessed, it was closed without notice. No sign on the door, no notice on their 'website' (i.e. Facebook page, which marked it as 'open now'), no response (let alone an automated message etc.) when we phoned, no reply to a Facebook message (even though they're marked as 'highly responsive'), the neighbours knew nothing...

We waited around for around half an hour, then gave up. Perhaps there had been some sudden emergency? I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt, But there was no apology or reference to this on their page over the following few days, so I can only assume that they were simply acting irresponsibly, with poor customer service & communications. YMMV but we won't be back.

Pros: Others say it's good

Cons: Poor communication, Unreliable

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Stevie 13 Sep 2016 - Hi,

Thanks for this info. We rang ahead this evening. No answer on the phone. You spared us a wasted trip. Thank you for contributing.

Keep well, Stevie

Loved Paprika Shokudo! - Edit

Visited Osaka, tried Paprika, and we had to come back several times!!! We love it that Paprika is organic, health-conscious and natural. The owner is vegan, and a nice guy. It's a short walk from the station and pretty easy to find. The staff are very nice, and some speak English. We loved everything we tried, and can't wait to go again :)

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-30

Pros: Organic, cool ambiance, All natural

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nice vegan eel! - Edit

I had the vegan eel and it was really nice and cleverly made :) portion size maybe a little small? Maybe the rice bowl with it would be good.
The brownie was ok. It came with a delicious cream and sauce. Without that it would've been a little dry

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A must visit for Vegans - Edit

My partner (Vegetarian) and I (Vegan) went 3 nights in a row. We couldn't get enough. Highly recommend for any Vegan travelling to Osaka.

Pros: Great atmosphere, quiet and relaxing, Not overly busy so food came out relatively quick, Good food options

Cons: A little pricey , Staffs English is very limited

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Largest Vegan Menu in Osaka - Edit

This is an update from my previous review a year ago - and Paprika has come far in that time! Their service has gotten faster and more efficient, their lunch menu has expanded, and over all I think they've settled in more and are doing great business. This is one of my 2 favourite vegan spots in Osaka (my other favourite being Cafe Le Coccole), but I say this one is the "best" because it has the biggest menu and therefore caters to more people. Most of the food is organic, although often the dishes are just slightly more oily / salty / lacking in a few extra veggies that I would like. I go to Paprika when I want something like a vegan cheeze pizza, a rich, fancy, chocolate brownie, something deep fried (like the "oysters"), or a beautiful lunch bowl - basically something rich and satisfying vs more simple and fresh. The ambience of this place never fails, and is great for taking friends or family. I recommend sitting at a terrace table or closer to the entrance, however, as the back can get a bit hot and noisy.

Pros: Big variety in menu , Nice atmosphere, Does a good job (in my opinion) at imitation meat

Cons: Sometimes the food is slow (but less now than befo, Can be a bit salty / oily , Closed from 3-5:30 (always when I want a cup of te

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Delightful! - Edit

Wonderful! Great menu, great service and the organic wine was a big hit too. With ice cream and cheesecake for dessert we were more than happy. The fact that two of my guests were meat eaters and loved their dishes is probably the biggest compliment.

We had a table by the door which was lovely, although in the more usual humid summer this may have proved a problem. Love this place! Best vegan restaurant visited so far!

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Stevie 29 Aug 2016 - Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to provide such an up tempo review of this place?

if I can politely enquire... given your obvious passion for this place, did you intend to bring its ranking down by rating it at only 2 stars?

Very best wishes.

MyVeganJoy 30 Aug 2016 - Why are you giving only 2 starts to the place that you said you loved and was "wonderful"? Did you forget to properly rate it? I think so. Please correct your star rating to fit your positive review.

omfg maybe my favorite globally - Edit

Wow this place is stunning! I went here with 2 other friends and we shared a soy meat pizza with mochi cheese, 4 appetizers and the eel !! I was so full and couldn't get desert but I am going to go back just for desert alone!

If you are finding it hard to choose where to go in Osaka. Just go here you will love it

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Great Food and Atmosphere! - Edit

Was pumped to try Paprika and was not disappointed. I had a salad which was incredibly fresh plus the soy meat pizza which was delicious.

Unfortunately they had sold out of soy soft serve but the cheesecake was served beautifully and tastes just as good.

The atmosphere is great, staff friendly and attentive, it's a must-try spot in Osaka!

Pros: All vegan!, Large menu, Great atmosphere

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Fresh and delicious - Edit

Found this place on a sunny day. It wasn't at all busy and I was served very quickly. The atmosphere was nice with good music. I ordered the lunch set of the day- houmous pitta, soup, salad and some pickled vegetables. It came quickly and was great! The soy ice cream was also delicious, with a few oats and a little biscuit. I laid about 1200 yen, which I thought was good. Would definitely return. Pictures uploaded :-)

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The best place in Osaka - Edit

Even meat people would love this place. The food is awesome, the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy and the staff is friendly and helpful.

It's a bit off the main road which in it's way is great. Osaka can be very busy and hectic sometimes.

We had the deep-fried oysters - which was great. And the yakiniku set meal - also great. We have been traveling for a few months and the fake meat was just what we needed after so much real meat around us in Japan and NZ. Great ingredients and fresh veggies.

We had their organic red wine which was a bit cold but good.

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amazing food, deceptive name - Edit

Great location, just a few blocks from the main shopping strip
Quick service and delicious food, will be attending a few times over my stay to eat everything on menu and chose to start my sumo training
It's called the paprika shokudou cafe but I haven't yet to get a whiff or hint of any paprika used in the food, that aside if you're in Osaka you need to come

Pros: great food , fast services

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Great food, amazing desserts - Edit

We had a wonderful time at Paprika Shokudo with my non-vgl boyfriend. He ate a karaage donburi and I had a "deep-fried oysters" plate made from mushrooms and tofu. Both were delicious. But the cherry on top was the desserts. I had the best chocolate soft ice-cream and my boyfriend tasted the assortment, everything was perfect (I tasted everything and wow). I highly recommend this place, plus people were very friendly and helpful.

Pros: typical Osaka meals made vegan, Yay !, friendly staff , desserts to die for

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Good food, not great opening times - Edit

We went there a couple of times for lunch and the food is great, so we were looking forward to trying the dinner menu. We turned up at 9pm-- a bit late for dinner, yes, but this is two hours earlier than close and 1 earlier than last order as listed on their own website and business cards. There was a closed sign outside and when we asked the waitress about why this happened early there was no explanation except 'we've already started cleaning up'. She seemed very apologetic, and obviously this is up to them, but it seems like they should at least update their opening times if this is a regular occurrence so people don't make a wasted visit.

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Great vegan food, nice atmosphere - Edit

After a morning of watching the sumo, my girlfriend and I decided this would be a decent place to check out for lunch. After a longish walk, we found the place to have a pleasant rustic Mediterranean feel to it, and was clearly marked as vegan (always comforting in Japan, sometimes it can be difficult to be trusting).

They sat us down and gave us an English menu. We both had a main and a dessert. All the food was good and decent value for money.

There was a little shop corner in the entrance to the restaurant that sold a lot of goodies. If I had visited this place earlier in my (year long) stay in japan, I certainly would have left with a bag full of (admittedly not cheap) goodies.

Overall we were very happy with the experience at Paprika Shokudo Vegan. The food was good, and well priced, the atmosphere was great and the service was good. I would recommend people in the area to check it out.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Good food, Affordable

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Good, but with some caveats. - Edit

I went to Paprika with some friends last week, and while the food we had was great, there were a couple of things that stood out as not being a great experience.

First the good- the atmosphere is great. It's a lovely, beautiful restaurant with really lovely staff. Most of us were foreigners, and while some of us are fine with Japanese, many were not comfortable with Japanese at all, so the staff being ok with English was great.

That being said, we were a party of seven, and there were some problems with service for us. The food is all made fresh (which is great), but the food didn't all come out together, which meant that some of us had finished eating before others had even been given their meals. They also had a little mistake where they forgot two of the mains (which again, can happen, we understand that). I think they are maybe a little more accustomed to having couples dining together, so I would advise that if you are going as a group I would recommending sharing dishes, so that way you can all be eating at the same time. Small plates were provided from the outset, so I'd say that this is probably their recommended way of eating.

I probably would go again, simply because the atmosphere is so pleasant and the staff were so great, but I probably would only go with a smaller group, or would specifically warn the group that we'd probably need to all just share.

Pros: Friendly staff, Great atmosphere, Large selection

Cons: Food didn't come out at the same time, Some dishes significantly slower to come

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Delicious! - Edit

I had an amazing dinner at Paprika. Amuse-bouche, Chef’s selection of appetizers, deep fried oysters made from mushrooms and tofu, and baked organic banana and cinnamon cake. All their food is organic and vegan, with a wide selection of appetizers and main dishes. Good side portions. Beautiful, laid back space with good music. The service is friendly and efficient. There is a service charge for dinner. Menu is available in English, and the staff speaks English as well.

Pros: Food, atmosphere, wine

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Great quiet little place in Osaka - Edit

Fantastic food here. Good portion sizes too. Had the vegan oysters and they were delicious. Try the cheesecake as well. Staff was really friendly.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Great food, Cheesecake

Cons: None

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Be careful of the name. - Edit

Had an enjoyable dinner here. One of the main draws was the atmosphere, which is a bit nicer than a lot of other veg restaurants in Osaka...kind of warm and rustic. The food is also generally very good although some items can be a bit hit and miss. The vegan fried oysters (made with mushrooms) were excellent, for example. But the vegan unagi (eel)...not so much.

Incidentally, this is the only other place I've ever seen vegan unagi aside from Loving Hut in Tokyo. I have to say that the one here cannot remotely compare. Not only were the look and texture not as good, but the taste was also off. If you want to try amazing vegan eel, LH's is better by far. But for vegan fried oysters, this is the place...highly recommended!

One caution that has not really been mentioned by previous reviewers, is that there is another "Paprika Shokudo" in Osaka, but with a regular non-vegan menu (in fact despite being listed as "veg-friendly", I find their menu rather meat-heavy). When looking it up on tabelog or other sites, or reserving, be careful to distinguish this one with the specific "Vegan" word at the end. We initially mistook the other location for this one before fortunately noticing, and could have had a far different and less pleasant evening.

In short, good food, warm atmosphere, nice staff, not too expensive. One of Osaka's better vegan choices for dinner.

Pros: Nice dinner atmosphere, Decent vegan food

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Really love this place - Edit

This is my favorite spot in Osaka. It's such a pretty restaurant, with lots of delicious food. Really friendly service (and they speak English), romantic lighting, nice music. The food is a mixture of rice bowls with veggies and various vegan meats, and pasta/pizza. I recommend the rice bowls (donburi), especially the soy meat yakiniku donburi.

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wow - Edit

What a great place, lovely atmosphere and delicious dishes. We had fried oysters and spring rolls, followed by raw ice cream. Friendly staff too.

Pros: really yummy, chill relaxed vibe but not shabby, vegan for life

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Really really good! - Edit

The food here was great, they offer Japanese as well as dishes from various other countries, the staff speak English very well which made things really easy for us, big meal sizes, and the location is really relaxing. We had a good night here and will definitely be back!

Pros: high quality food, great staff , English menu

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Beautiful cafe and super yummy! - Edit

It's worth noting that the restaurant is not exactly where maps on an iPhone will take you! It's one street directly behind. Otherwise very easy to access via transport and easy to spot (see uploaded street shot). Big board out the front says "Vegan for life"

Beautiful looking cafe, we ate here when they opened for dinner (5:30pm), in the front area with a lovely breeze!

We ordered the chefs appetizer plate (as recommended by precious reviewer!); followed by sharing a creamy tomato risotto with "deep fried" veggies (not sure they were fried, but super delish); soy meat yakiniku donburi (rice bowl with stir fried faux meat); and the dessert share plate which was a soft brownie, tofu baked cheesecake and banana cinnamon cake.

Friendly and informative staff with good English skills. Highly recommend!

Pros: Organic/vegan, Fast kitchen , Great staff

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great vegan restaurant! - Edit

This place is awesome! All vegan and they are open later than most veg restaurants in the area. We have been here twice in the past two days for dinner. The lunch menu offers two set lunches but the dinner menu is significantly more expansive, featuring some Japanese style dishes as well as some South American and Italian dishes as well. Everything has been great so far (have tried appetizer sampler, escabeche, puttanesca, risotto, a couple pizzas and a soy meat rice bowl plus all the desserts). The clear favorite so far has been the rice bowl and appetizer sampler, so those are must-trys, but overall, you really can't go wrong!

Pros: all vegan, lots of dinner options , open late

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New vegan heaven in downtown Osaka!! - Edit

Finally launched real vegan restaurant in Yotsubashi, Osaka!
The owner became vegan after reading a book regarding vegetarianism. After his vegan option menu success in his Paprika Shokudo in Sakai-Higashi, he opened this new vegan restaurant in downtown Osaka!
Uses organic vegetables and soy meat, you'll enjoy great dishes in cozy atmosphere!

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VeraKho 13 May 2015 - hello Vegeiko, do you know whether the food in paprika shokudo vegan contain garlic/onion or not ? if yes, is that a chance to ask them to remove them out when cooking? thanks before... note : i see them have facebook, but all in japanese character, don't know how to ask.....

VeraKho 13 May 2015 - hello vege friends, is anyone know whether food in paprika shokudo vegan contain garlic/onion? is there a chance to ask to remove them out while cooking? thanks before...

Vegeiko 13 May 2015 - Yes! I've checked and they say they can do the most food without onion or garlic! Tell them you want GOKUN-NUKI they will understand! Also, near Paprika, there's a Indian Vegetarian restaurant called Shama (see Happy Cow) they do t use any onion or garlic, due to Hindu beliefs, just for your reference!! Hope you enjoy vegetarian restaurant in Oska!!

VeraKho 14 May 2015 - Thank you very much Vegeiko...really happy to know that, and thank you so much for the additional info...can not wait for my travel to japan...i am planning to have dinner with my family after a whole day play in USJ on 2nd Jun. Really need a nice vege resto after that because as long as my search, there is no vege food inside USJ.

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