Veg Kitchen

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3-44-8 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Specializing in South Indian food (like dosas) but also serves a range of North Indian and Indian-Chinese dishes. Vegans should ask what contains dairy. Small space with 2nd-floor dining. Allows smoking at dinner. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Indo-Chinese

22 Reviews

First Review by HiraHalal

was a regular, never going back :( - Edit

I used to come very often and recommended this restaurant to friends (I am the friend mentioned in the previous review). However, the staff served me rotten orange juice (slightly fermented flavor, but I only realized when slime came into my mouth after drinking most of the liquid portion). There were no other customers around, and the staff pulled the slime out of the cup with a fork to examine it when I explained they should toss the juice. They pulled out the juice from the fridge, announced l to me it was fresh, then put it back in front of us. The staff all know me as I came often, and yet chose to not give an apology so I am deeply disappointed. It makes me nervous to think about how they manage their ingredients in general with such an attitude. I was sick afterwards and sad that I lost my go-to place to eat in the area. Since then I've began going to the nearby Veg Herb Saga, and the service has been top notch and the food has been fresh from all my experiences!!

Pros: vegan food

Cons: Poor service, Food safety concerns, Rude staff

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Gelatinous Orange Juice :( - Edit

I really wanted to like this place. My friend who took me here had been over 20 times. She is vegan so there are limited places where we can eat in Tokyo and she spoke enthusiastically of this restaurant. Everything seemed to be fine until she got orange juice at the end of dinner. She noted that it tasted a bit off, like there was alcohol in it. As she continued drinking it a gelatinous glob entered her mouth. There were several in the bottom of the cup. It looked like the orange juice had gone off. We showed the staff the jelly-like substance in the orange juice. All we wanted was for them to toss out the bottle of orange juice they had poured the cup from and to apologize (after all, it's not like we think they maliciously served rotten orange juice). Instead they were very dismissive. They briefly took the orange juice bottle out of the fridge, shook it around a bit, and told us it was freshly opened. They then put it BACK IN the fridge! They barely said sorry or acknowledged that it was a problem. :( My friend threw up when she got home. This incident happened on July 3rd. You can see my original review on their FB. They posted a response today (11 days after the incident) but I do not believe that they contacted their supplier as they claimed. I believe that they wrote that just to save face. I do not think that this a good establishment to eat at. I would have given them a one star rating if possible. I would say avoid this place. My friend and I will NEVER eat there again. If they are serving rotten orange juice I'd hate to think about what else might be happening with other ingredients...

Pros: Staff can speak English

Cons: Spoiled orange juice, Dismissive when presented with customer's concern, Potentially lying about resolving problem

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Don't judge a book by its cover - Edit

From the outside it looks unlikely, but this place serves amazing Indian food. With such a small kitchen, it's hard to believe how many items are on the menu. English on the menu and vegan options are clearly listed. The food was authentically Indian and was the only place in Japan that I saw real basmati rice in. Stuffed ourselves and didn't hurt the wallet too much. Excellent.

Pros: English speaking staff and menu, heaps of options

Cons: not much seating

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Well marked menu and good food - Edit

The staff spoke good English and what seemed to be a good mix of other languages and the menu had dishes marked for vegans and for people with other dietary restrictions. The food was very tasty and I’d definitely recommend this place for a lunch out.

Pros: Well marked menu, Staff with good language skills

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:) - Edit

So so yummy! Very clearly marked vegan items

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Great indian food. - Edit

Small cozy place near Ueno station serving delicious Indian food at a reasonable price.

Pros: Friendly. Reasonable prices. Great food. Vegan opt

Cons: None really.

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Delicious! - Edit

The food was very flavorful and came out very quickly. English speaking staff are available, and they were very friendly and helpful. The menu has green dots to signify what items are vegan. We chose the 3rd spice level, which was moderately spicy without being inedible. The samosas were delicious! The food is also halal certified.

Pros: many options, English speaking staff, good prices

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Authentic Indian Food - Edit

One of my friend from India took me to this place. All foods are super tasty though I didn't remember the names. The best thing is their reasonable price.

Pros: Good foods and reasonable price

Cons: None

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Indian restaurant - Edit

Best indian restaurant ever.

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Desperately seeking food! - Edit

After spending a couple of hours chasing up other veg listed eateries, I finally found the veg kitchen. Hint: the door slides, not hinges...
OK, once in, the welcome was warm and friendly and in English. The food suggestions were good and the food was wonderful. My sprouted salad was divine, followed by a mild curry and drinks. All the time, water was replenished. Overall, a good food place. Recommended.

Pros: Veggie only, no meat

Cons: Took a while to get there from my lodgings, but t

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enjoyed the food - Edit

I'm Indian so love a good Indian restaurant. I'm quite critical so it didn't get a 5 but I did enjoy the food and Indian films they had on to. The food is authentic, I would go there again. Try the special platter for starters

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Good authentic food - Edit

The restaurant is quite small so it might get a bit crowded on the weekends, but my friend and I didn't have to wait to get a table. The waiter was very nice and when I told him I was vegan he let me know the option in the lunch menu they had for vegans (the rest is vegetarian). The food was delicious, not the best indian food I've had, but for the price of the menu (1250¥) it was more than acceptable. If I happen to be around Ueno I will definitely be back again.

Pros: delicious food and nice portions, lunch menu and good prices

Cons: small sitting area

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Friendly staffe; good food - Edit

The food was excellent and on par with Indian food from India. It has a wide selection of food and the staff will likely cater to all dietary restrictions. Reasonably priced as well and service is prompt.

Pros: good portion size, reasonably priced

Cons: small size

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Service! Service! Service! - Edit

definitely not one of the biggest places I've eaten although it's definitely worth going to! absolutely tons of vegan options and the staff speak fluent English which is awesome! they're very reassuring that everything is Vegan and they want nothing more than to know you're having the best experience you can while you're there!
The food was great and definitely what I needed after searching for nice vegan food in Japan for days

Pros: absolutely loads of vegan options with markers to

Cons: just not fit for large groups

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Happy Veg Boys - Edit

The food tastes really good here.
But the best thing is the service.
The staff are very kind, and friendly.
I prefer to eat food made by happy people, and the staff seem quite happy.
Awesome vibe...

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Great Birthday Meal in Tokyo - Edit

I went here with some friends for my birthday. The staff were so friendly and made us feel really welcome, they spoke English, Japanese and Hindi. I'm a vegan and they were able to point out tons of vegan options on the menu, there was also a sign saying that vegans were well catered for. My Omnivore friends and I ordered entirely vegan dishes and had an absolute feast. Great food, great value. They have easy to use free WiFi as well. We had a great night, I would definitely go back again if I had the chance.

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right up my alley - Edit

Tastiest Indian I've had (IMO). Super friendly and helpful staff, I mentioned vegan and they knew straight away and talked me through the menu :) I went on a Sunday and it was open, much to my relief ☺️

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Very simple, but very nice - Edit

Enjoyed it! Do not expect anything fancy, thou.

Pros: Really friendly staff, English Menu, Good Food!

Cons: A little expense, but hey, it is Tokyo after all, Staff somerimes a little confused, but no big deal

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Tasty indian food! - Edit

Great Indian restaurant with many vegan options. Staff is very helpful (plus Japanese with Indian accent is so kawaii ^^).
The food I ordered was spicy, but very tasty.
I you happen to be near Ueno you should definitely try this place!

Pros: helpful staff, tasty food, big portions for a reasonable price

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wonderful Indian restaurant - Edit

The only real "problem" with Indian restaurants in Tokyo is that there are so many delicious, authentic ones that I can't fit them all into my rotation! Veg Kitchen is another regular spot for me. As another reviewer mentioned, it would be really nice if Veg Kitchen had opened up in another part of town away from Vege Herb Saga but both places have their pros and cons so I'll continue to visit both. Veg Kitchen has quite an extensive menu and a pleasant interior. My first time, I had the masala paneer dosa, the veg biriyani, and a Hyderabadi baigan (eggplant) curry. On another visit, I had some veg kebabs with dried fruit in them and some homemade almond ice cream. The dosa, Hyderabadi curry, almond ice cream, and veg kebabs were phenomenal. The rice dishes were good although for those, I prefer Vege Herb Saga's.
On my first visit, the restaurant was busy but my food came out quickly. The second time, my friend and I were the only customers and it took an hour to receive our food so I'm not sure what was going on there.
Chefs are happy to prepare meals for vegans, Jains, Oriental vegetarians (no onions/garlic), etc. so please don't hesitate to ask. Free Wifi available. Overall a highly recommended restaurant.

Pros: large variety, reasonable prices, friendly, helpful staff

Cons: food on the salty side, sometimes slow, another part of town would be better

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Great Indian Food with Friendly Owner - Edit

This restaurant is owned and run by a former chef from Veggie Herb Saga. When I heard he was opening his own restaurant I hoped it would be a large, posh restaurant in another area of Tokyo, so that the two South Indian vegetarian restaurants would complement each other. So I was a bit disappointed that he opened it a few minutes walk away, essentially competing for the same Jain (or other Indian) clientele. Of course this probably won't concern the Tokyo customer, but since they're so close I might as well compare and contrast them.

On the positive, the Veg Kitchen is much more comfortable, being a first and second floor instead of a cramped basement. It has more staff, and food comes out faster. And you're guaranteed your own seat with the party you brought (a good or a bad thing depending on what you want, as many of my most interesting conversations with strangers in Tokyo have been at Veggie Herb Saga). Staff are equally friendly and welcoming at both.

As the first reviewer pointed out, the owner is careful to explain what's vegan, however it's necessary to ask and make sure, whereas vegan items are labelled on the menu at Veggie Herb Saga.

Where Veggie Herb Saga wins hands down is on the quality of the food. I found my only Chinese dish at the Veg Kitchen oily and salty, and even the dosa and curries were a little on the over-done side, but still fine and delicious. So it's very good, and would be a life saver anywhere else in Japan than up the road from Veggie Herb Saga.

My theory is that because Veggie Herb Saga order fresh spices from India, which they roast themselves (I've seen it) their food is probably the best I've had anywhere (including India). I think the Veg Kitchen uses standard curry powders/mixes (like virtually everywhere else) so just doesn't compare for taste, but it's still a very pleasant place to enjoy a delicious South Indian meal.

Prices are fairly similar, but the Veggie Kitchen has a wider range, including Chinese Indian dishes. It's also sometimes open on Sunday, and may have more reliable hours (but it's too early to say since it hasn't been open long).

Of course I visited soon after the Veg Kitchen opened, and the quality of their food may improve with time and eventually reach VHS. But for now Veggie Herb Saga has the best food hands down, and the Veg Kitchen wins on venue. I hope both restaurants will do well and keep serving up South Indian veg food!

Pros: vegan-friendly, friendly staff, pleasant interior

Cons: food not as good as nearby Veggie HS.

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all vegetarian. awesome service - Edit

This has so far been the best restaurant I've visited in my two weeks in Tokyo! Not just because of the food, but because of the service. This restaurant is vegetarian but the friend dining with us was vegan. The owner went out of the way to make a couple of dishes without using milk (customizing dishes is a very RARE treat in Japan). I am definitely visiting again. Well worth the trip, and decent pricing too!

Pros: service, chai, food

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