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Garam Masala Description

Garam Masala is a hidden gem located in Kyoto, Japan, specializing in authentic Indian cuisine. This restaurant stands out from the crowd with its vibrant and inviting atmosphere, transporting diners to the streets of India. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the warm and aromatic spices that fill the air, setting the stage for a truly memorable dining experience.

The menu at Garam Masala is a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of India. From fragrant biryanis to rich and creamy curries, each dish is carefully prepared using traditional cooking techniques and the finest ingredients. One of their standout dishes is the Chicken Tikka Masala, featuring tender pieces of marinated chicken cooked in a luscious tomato and cream sauce. For those seeking a vegetarian option, the Palak Paneer is a must-try, with its creamy spinach and cottage cheese combination.

What sets Garam Masala apart from other Indian restaurants is their commitment to authenticity and attention to detail. The chefs here have mastered the art of balancing spices, resulting in dishes that are bursting with flavor without being overpowering. The restaurant's cozy and intimate setting adds to the overall dining experience, making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a gathering with friends.

Whether you're a fan of Indian cuisine or looking to explore new flavors, Garam Masala is a culinary destination that should not be missed. Prepare to indulge in a feast for the senses as you savor the vibrant flavors and aromas of India right here in Kyoto.

Garam Masala Overview


8-4 Ichijōji Hinokuchichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto 606-8167


+81 (0) 75-781-3940


7 minute walk from Ichijo-ji Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Wine List



Stylish Interior

Garam Masala Reviews

Garam Masala Google Average Rating



Japanese owned restaurant. Very nice atmosphere and the staff was nice.
They have three vegan options (tomato soup and bean loaf that are listed as vegan and the staff confirmed that the bean salad is also vegan). Everything was delicious! I wish I had ordered it with rice though because I was hungry and that was not a lot of food. Absolutely delicious ginger ale!
My friend ordered butter chicken curry and said it was fine, but there are better places around.


Really nice atmosphere and great food for reasonable prices. The owner spent 4 years learning how to cook in India


Highly highly highly recommend this place. Food tastes so authentic, layers of balanced flavors, mmm this is better that 90% of Indian food made by Indians. Plate combinations, pickles, lentil soup is…….. so damn good. Visiting Kyoto and I definitely going back to try their other dishes.

Update: I come from family of chef’s, grand-father, uncle and my father are well-know Indian chefs. I went the next day for dinner with my Japanese parents, tried 3 dishes, pickles and the salad. I bow, take my hat off, hands down to the chef/owner, her flavor profiles of each dish, rich and balance flavor. Creative, a partly boiled egg added to richness of an already rich dish, the naan soft & crispy.

Here is the kicker, I rarely eat Indian food out, because I always get an upset stomach. My system is digesting the home-cooked Indian food as I write this, beautifully balanced flavor profile layered with creativity. This is truly a gem, a must eat here, Indian food elevated in Kyoto. I am grateful to have experienced Garam-Masala. Arigato 🙏🏾

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