You won't find any meat, fish, eggs or artificial seasonings in the curries served at this vegetarian Indian restaurant, an endearingly scruffy joint in a basement not far from Okachimachi Station. Hand-written signs on the walls at Vege Herb Saga caution diners that their orders won't be arriving in any hurry, and they ain't lying – though the friendly waiter goes out of his way to keep people entertained while they wait. It's worth waiting, too: the kitchen is equally adept at North and South Indian style dishes, including curries, kebabs, dosas and chaat, and each dish tastes like it was actually prepared from scratch rather than merely reheated (an all too common complaint at Tokyo curry shops). If you're looking for a hearty feed, opt for one of the ¥1,980 thali sets, available in both North and South Indian styles, which will have you waddling out of the door when you finish. Note that the restaurant is entirely non-smoking, and doesn't serve alcohol.
|Venue name:||Vege Herb Saga|
B1F, 5-16-9 Ueno, Taito-ku
|Opening hours:||11.15am-3pm, 5.15pm-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Okachimachi Station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku lines); Ueno-Okachimachi Station (Oedo line); Naka-Okachimachi Station (Hibiya line)|
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This restaurant is situated in a basement, and appropriate setting because there is something dark and sinister about it and its owner.
The staff are friendly but the food is frightfully over priced.
It is one of the few restaurants in the Ueno area that one can have dosa. However if you ever go there, go during lunch time because the dosa sets are affordable and within value.
Nothing much else is worth giving any consideration because of the high prices. For example their masala vada is
Yen 900 for 2 pieces, if anyone knows Indian food, especially South Indian food, you would know that this is criminal.
The restaurant seems to be relying on the friendliness of its staff for public relations and the staff do this in order to preserve their. If it was left to the PR of the owner, they would be hardly any customers.
The high prices are determined by the greed of the owner who has the personality and looks of a sow in heat.
I popped in yesterday ( Thursday 28 July 2016 ) for lunch. One of the staff members was trying to promote the restaurant to me and whilst he and I engaged in friendly banter ( food and restaurant related) the owner who was stuffing his face at another table with a Japanese gentleman intervened. He said in Hindi, that the staff member must leave me alone to enjoy my food hot. This was an indirect way of indicating to me and the staff member that he didn't like us talking to each other.
The owner lacks decorum and is a greedy fat so and so. Perhaps he thinks that his Indian villager mentality is appropriate for Tokyo.
Stay away from this restaurant.