Sujata

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Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Tanaka-Mon-zen-cho 96-2, Kyoto, Japan

Tiny restaurant on the north side of the road east of the Hyakumanben intersection in the Kyoto University and Ginkakuji area. English speaking staff. Relaxing atmosphere. Serves Japanese style lunch and dinner menu (teishoku), Indian curry, and noodles. Previously named Earth Shokudou. Mar 2014 owner reports no egg or dairy used. Last orders 6pm every day. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Last orders 6pm every day

Categories: Vegan, Indian, Japanese

22 Reviews

First Review by DavidSlawColeman

Among the cheapest in Kyoto - Edit

You can choose the "lunch" option, or other meals.
Compared to other vegan restaurants this place is especially inexpensive! Cute and friendly grannies as staff. The croquette tasted a bit dull, but except that it was good. Filling! - They give you rice refill if you like!

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cute little restaurant - Edit

The owner was adorable and the food was great for the little amount of money! Next to Kyoto University, so perfect for lunch break

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highly Recommended. - Edit

The food felt like home, and one cannot add to this. The prices were more than reasonable.

Pros: simple, tasty Indian food.

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One of the cheapest vegan meals in Kyoto, lovely owner and relaxing atmosphere - Edit

I simply adore the owner of Sujata. She is so charming and hospitable to her customers. For a set meal that costs below 1000 yen this is easily one of the cheapest meals you can get in Kyoto, plus you get free refills of rice. Her food is nourishing and sincere. I leave grateful and content every time I visit. She also conducts free meditation classes at her restaurant each month, so be sure to ask if you're interested.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-16

Pros: Cheap and delicious meal, lovely owner, peaceful and soothing atmosphere

Cons: Closes unexpectedly so call ahead

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Peaceful - Edit

I have been here several times and always leave with a smile on my face. The atmosphere is great and very peaceful, the food deliciously home-cooked and the cook herself super friendly. When it gets busy during lunch time it can take a while before you get your food, so do not think of this place as getting some 'fast' food. When you take the Japanese lunch set it takes usually less time than a curry. Just enjoy the experience!

Pros: delicious, lovely chef, big portions

Cons: can take a while, a con when you are in a hurry

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100% YES! Cheapest Meal- GO here - Edit

I made it here on my last day in Kyoto! It was a lovely experience. I left with a full, happy belly. There were two older ladies running the show. One wore an Indian Saree and the other a Kimono? They were rocking at life and gave me a lot of delicious and healthy food with the lunch set. It felt like a Japanese cultural experience. I didn't love the taste of each little thing, but I don't usually like seaweed soup or a lot of mushrooms. The egg plant I had was the best tasting eggplant of my life. The lunch set changes, so I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. I want to go back and try the curry options. See you again Sujata!

Pros: Everything

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Grandma just cooked for you :) - Edit

Lovely and humble experience
The chef itself served us the food
She was so lovely :)
I loved it!

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Real home made food! - Edit

Has Japanese and Indian food.
We tried the Japanese lunch and it was great! So authentic.

The owner (and cook) makes all the food by herself and was so kind to make us dessert especially since she didn't have any left.
Great service!

Pros: great service, great food, real tasty.

Cons: could run out of dishes, but hey, that's what

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Highly recommend - Edit

Sujata is a small vegan restaurant located at the Kyoto university area - relatively close to Ginkakuji temple.

Sujata offers a veriety of curries, vegetable ramen and a japanese traditional meal set which consists of brown rice, a big and rich miso soup and 4 - 5 side dishes (the side dishes change daily). All the food is amazingly delicious and the owner is very kind as well.

It's easily accessible by bus nr. 3, 17, 31, 65, 201, 203, 206 - bus stop Hyakumanben (百万遍)

**THE OPENING HOURS IN THE DESCRIPTION ABOVE ARE WRONG! Sujata is open from Sunday to Friday from around 11:30 to 18:00!! It's closed on Saturdays and usually every 16th of the month.

I really hope you give it a try - it's by far my favourite vegan restaurant in Kyoto!



Updated from previous review on 2017-02-21

Pros: Very tasty!!!, The owner is super nice (english available), Cheap - you can get full for less than ¥1000

Cons: a bit far from the city centre

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Parfait - Edit

un lieu très calme, tenu par deux charmantes dames qui font la cuisine de grand mère japonaise. C'est délicieux.

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Great option in Kyoto - Edit

Lovely little place by the university. Limited options, but that was a-ok with me! I had the Japanese lunch (signs have English, and the chef knows enough English that it was all very easy). Tiny. I'm probably repeating what everyone else has said, but it's a reasonable-price-for-Japan spot (800-1000 for all mains, I think), and the food was quality and good. The woman/ chef running the place on her own is really lovely!

Pros: Reasonable price., Quality food.

Cons: Tiny (not a bad thing, but for groups it could be!

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Very Impressive - Edit

Though it was a long walk from our hotel, Sujata was very worth it!
The chef was lovely. I had the lunch set which was fantastic, the tofu had lemon and ginger and it was a very generous portion for ¥950.
My partner loved his Ramen so much I didn't even get to taste any! That was ¥850 and his favourite of our whole Japan trip so far.
Very cute little restaurant too as we loved the seating

Pros: Good Prices, Amazing Food, Lovely decor and staff

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Great food! - Edit

The food was amazing, we got the japanese set meal that was so good! Lots of different traditional japanese foods. All vegetarian. But the restaurant only had one person working there, so it was very slow. Two of us got the japanese set and one got the ramen, the sets came out in about 15 minutes but the ramen took about another 20 minutes. The group that came in right after us was still waiting for their food when we all finished eating.

Pros: Amazing food, Big variety of traditional dishes, It was so good

Cons: Very slow

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A must visit - Edit

This is my lifeline when I visit Kyoto as I more or less eat my lunch here. Great ambience with pleasant music in the background. Great food at cheap prices. Each day there is a Japanese meal and 3 or 4 standard Indian curries.
I recommend the Japanese food as you get to know how delicious Japanese vegan food can be, especially when you are visiting from abroad.

I would definitely recommend going here. More than the food, the host adds a lively touch and charm to the place. Having food here is like eating at my grandmother's place with nice atmosphere and company.

Pros: Great food, Cheap prices, Good company

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WOW - Edit

WOW WOW WOW this was GREAT. The grandma making the food greets with a big smile, great recommendations, and a joyful vegan vibe. Small cafe with limited menu but everything we tried was delicious! Just ask her what's for dinner and you'll leave satisfied. Even the cake-- WOW-- not too sweet and not too sticky.

Pros: Delicious, Plentiful, Joyful

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Great food & excellent experience! - Edit

Randomly wandered into the restaurant when I was in the area and it was the highlight of my day! The old lady serving was extremely kind and the navratan korma I had was much better than what I have had in some Indian restaurants. Highly recommend!

Pros: Excellent Food, Great Value

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Authentic and tasty! - Edit

If any place is "slow food" it's this place. When I visited, grandma cooked and served by herself. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. Mostly Indian plus a couple Japanese options. Small menu. Very affordable.

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Simple, Delicious, Well-priced Food - Edit

As other reviews have said this place is run by a delightful vegetarian owner. It was a real life-saver during the New Year period, when many other places were closed, and she even served a traditional Japanese new-year meal. As my title says the Indian food is simple, fresh and delicious, more like Indian home cooking than the greasy dishes so often served at Indian restaurants around the world. The samosas she makes fresh are absolutely amazing, so make sure you order some. The Japanese dishes are also a chance to experience traditional food without the worry of fish sauce etc or the price of Shojin Ryori. This is definitely a must-visit when in Kyoto.

Pros: fresh and delicious food, open during the new year period, delightful vegetarian owner

Cons: a bit of a walk, but worth it!

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Cheap, lovely place with good japanese style food - Edit

Think title says most. It's a great place and you get a decent portion of food. Some days the lady that runs the store have a recommended dish which is usually a good option. Most food sets cost 850 yen.

Pros: Good value , Friendly lady who runs the restaurant

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Easy to find. Great food. Lovely old lady. - Edit

We had dinner at Sujata this evening. It is easy to find. We went in half an hour before closing time, and the old lady requested we order the Japanese set dinner, and pointed at the wall. We did, and it was fabulous!

You can eat downstairs at the bar or some tables there, or upstairs. We were upstairs. you sit on the floor on mats, in front of low tables.

The set menu was 840 Yen, and the dessert we had was 400 Yen.

The old lady did not speak much English, but she smiled and was friendly. there was also a young guy helping her serve the food.

The food was similar to Mikoan -- traditional Japanese dishes, vegan style. I highly recommend it. The only downside is that the food took a long time to prepare. That said, there was a group of about 8 next to us upstairs, and downstairs was full. I completely understand the longish wait, and really enjoyed the food.

Pros: Easy to find, Not too expensive, Delicious food

Cons: The service was slow

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Cute - Edit

Here you can sit downstairs watching them cook over the counter or upstairs. We watched them cook and chatted. The owner is very friendly. I got the Japanese obanzai set and my friend got the spinach Indian style curry (which she loved). The obanzai set was good, decent Japanese food and cheap.

Pros: Cute, Good food, Friendly

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Awesome old lady - Edit

Easy to find on the north side of Imadegawa-dori east of Hyakumanben. Set menu each night. Price was ~Y800-900pp.
A tiny place you sit right at the bar looking into the kitchen as the proprietor cooks your dinner.
Highly recommended.

Pros: Authentic experience, Great food

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