“Healthy and Spicy” is the motto of Nepal-Curry’s second-floor Siddhartha restaurant that opened a year ago in Shinmachi, Osaka, offering many options for vegetarians and vegans. At dinner, crispy lentil-floured papads come as a complimentary starter in this clean, modern Indian restaurant. The bite-sized vegetable onion-and-potato pakoras (¥590) are a light and crispy fried treat that come with ketchup and mayo, or a variety of chutneys if requested. The hearty dish of vegetable biryani (¥850) is jasmine rice cooked with red and green bell peppers and lotus root blended with aromatic spices, including cardamom and coriander, and topped with almond slices. Several vegetable curries and dals are available. The alu began (¥890) is a smooth blend of soft potatoes and eggplant chunks, and the palak paneer (¥1,050) is the classic dish of spinach with homemade cheese chunks. All items come with your preferred spice level. There are also soups and unique salads, including a soybean salad called bhatmas sadeko (¥350), and even chomin (chow mein) for ¥750. The restaurant is available for private parties.

Open: Lunch 11am–2:30pm; Dinner 5pm–11pm
Access: Nishiohashi Subway Stn, 5-min walk north (near the Naniwasuji Shinmachi Post Office)
Telephone: 06-6531-6877
English menu? yes
Wheelchair Access? yes
Is Kansai Scene available here? no
Shinmachi 1-31-17 2F