Osaka and Kobe vegetable-friendly restaurants

Osaka

Camp (Osaka: Namba - Curry). 06-4396-0056
Vegetable-centered Japanese curries are the specialty at this small (twelve-seat) outlet of the popular Tokyo-based shop. Variations include asparagus-seafood; eggplant, tomato and cheese; and BBQ spareribs, and most curries are priced in the Y990-1590 range.
SunNamba 5-1-18, Takashimaya Osaka 7F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Osaka: Namba - Kushiage). 06-6649-0126
It's do-it-yourself deep-fry fun at this popular kushiage chain - pick as many of your favorite skewers as you like along with unlimited side dishes and desserts. Y2625 at dinner, plus an extra Y1000 for all you can drink.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Yukicharyo by Solviva (Osaka: Namba - Cafe). 06-6644-2782
This is health food in an attractive cafe setting, with plenty of brown rice and soy milk. The extensive drinks list includes matcha cappucino, black sesame smoothies and plenty of Chinese teas; food ranges from brown-rice onigiri and vegetable curries to organic cakes. Weekend hours start later (10am), and there's no smoking.
SunNanba 5-1-60, Nanba City 2F. (on the way to Nanba Parks) Open 7:30am-10pm daily.
Hakkakuan (Osaka: Tenmabashi - Tofu). 06-6943-1555
Tofu and yuba are the specialties here, and the menu offers some unusual dishes like soy-milk cheese fondue, nama-fu and soy-milk gratin, and hot apple pie with soy ice. You'll also find seasonal dishes like crab tempura and deep-fried fugu. Drinks include several types of umeshu as well as shochu and sake.
SunTenmabashi Kyomachi 1-1, Keihan City Mall 8F. (above Tenmabashi station) Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Amadeus (Osaka: Umeda - International). 06-6440-1062
This bright and airy dining room offers a far more interesting menu than the typical hotel coffeeshop, with many organic and vegetarian dishes in the "Nature Cuisine" section. There's also a popular buffet lunch and Friday and Saturday evening dinner buffets.
SunOyodonaka 1-1-20, Westin Hotel Osaka 1F. Open 6:30am-11pm daily.
Bar The Farm (Osaka: Umeda - Italian). 06-6130-5780
Cheese and vegetable cuisine is the theme at this attractive basement spot in the heart of Doyamacho. The dishes are fairly simple for the most part and nicely presented, focusing on the quality of the fresh ingredients. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunlateDoyamacho 3-13, Umeda Rainbow Plaza Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-midnight. daily.
Camp (Osaka: Umeda - Curry). 06-6940-7155
Vegetable-centered Japanese curries are the specialty at this popular Tokyo-based shop, and their signature dish promises a full day's ration of vegetables. Lunch and dinner sets average around Y1000.
SunUmeda 3-1-1, JR Osaka Station Eki Marche Osaka. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya (Osaka: Umeda - Kushiage). 06-6360-3394
All-you-can-eat deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables, plus assorted side dishes and desserts, will set you back Y2625 (or Y1575 at lunchtime). There's a two-hour limit, so don't dawdle over the fryer.
SunKakudacho 7-10, Hep Navio 7F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Ashoka (Osaka: Umeda 1-chome - Indian). 06-6346-0333
Good curries at budget prices in this basement branch of Kyoto's famous Indian-restaurant landmark.
SunUmeda 1-9-20, Maru Building B2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Hakkakuan (Osaka: Umeda 1-chome - Tofu). 06-6343-6608
Tofu and yuba are the specialties here, and the menu offers some unusual dishes like soy-milk cheese fondue, nama-fu and soy-milk gratin, and hot apple pie with soy ice. Lunch sets (from around Y1500) come with freshly made tofu and various seasonal delicacies, and make a nice introduction to tofu cuisine. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunUmeda 1-9-20, Maru Building B2F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Aen Table (Osaka: Universal Studios - Japanese). 06-6467-1270
A healthy Japanese buffet is the unusual concept here - all you can eat of seasonal hors appetizers and side dishes, salads and original desserts, plus rice and miso soup. Y1800 before 5pm, Y2500 after. Do-it-yourself take-out bentos are also available for Y1000.
SunShimaya 6-2-61, Universal Citywalk. Open 11am-4, 5-11pm daily.

Kobe

Kushiya Monogatari (Kobe: Harborland - Kushiage). 078-360-0948
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per person, with a 90-minute limit.
SunHigashi-Kawasakicho 1-6-1, Mosaic 3F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gaylord (Kobe: Kyukyoryuchi - Indian). 078-392-8200
Kobe's venerable old Indian-food pioneer, Gaylord still draws the crowds with their good food, friendly service and pleasant atmosphere. Note the new location in Kyukyoryuchi.
SundecorKyomachi 83, KDC Kobe Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Closed 3rd Monday.
Raja (Kobe: Motomachi - Indian). 078-332-5253
Authentic Indian cooking from a former chef at Gaylord; dinners start around Y3000.
SunSakaemachi 2, Sano Natsu Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Vege Vege Curry (Kobe: Motomachi - Curry). 078-331-2131
Located conveniently close to Motomachi station, this casual curry shop serves inexpensive wines by the glass or bottle as well as a menu of small drink-friendly snacks in addition to their vegetable-centered curries. During happy hour (5-8pm), you can get a small plate of four tapas-style dishes plus a drink for Y500.
SunKita-Nagasa-dori 3-3-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kobe: Nishinomiya - Kushiage). 0798-62-4173
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per person, with a 90-minute limit.
SunNishinomiya, Takamatsucho 14-2, Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Istanbul (Kobe: Sannomiya - Turkish). 078-391-0235
Authentic Turkish cuisine (prepared by a native chef), including full-course vegetarian options. Dinner with drinks is around Y3000.
SunKita-Nagasa-dori 2-9-5, 2F. Open 5pm-midnight; weekends noon-midnight daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kobe: Sannomiya - Kushiage). 078-321-4194
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per person at dinnertime, with a 90-minute limit. Lunch on weekends only.
SunKita-Nagasa-dori 1-9-8, Queens Coast Bldg 8F. Open 4-11pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
New Mehfil (Kobe: Sannomiya - Indian). 078-321-7579
Good Indian food and plenty of atmosphere, from the tapestries on the walls to the movies playing on the video system. At lunchtime there's a Y1000 buffet.
SunKita-Nagasa-dori 2-12-6, K Bldg 3F. (on W side of Ikuta Road, about 1.5 blocks south of Tokyu Hands) Open 11am-3, 5-10pm daily.