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Indian Restaurants We Have Tried [started April 2001, last updated April 2008] by Cornelia

Our Favorite Food is Indian/Nepalese
My daughter and I have been exploring the Indian and Nepalese Restaurants in Tokyo for several years now. It's true that she almost always eats butter chicken with her nan, but eventually I hope she will branch out a bit.

What follows is a list of some of the restaurants we have eaten at. The comments that follow are strictly those of myself, my daughter, and a few other friends/contributors. It all started when I discovered that the staff at Indian restaurants is almost universally super tolerant of children, even explosive toddlers, active, energetic and non-stationary pre-schoolers, and so on. Please feel free to send in your favorite Indian/Pakistani/Nepalese restaurants to be added to this list!

Ebisu:
Tandoor
1-9-3-4F Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
03-3461-6181
At the Hibiya subway end not far from Wendy's hamburger.
- Other locations in Hiroo (03-3444-4446)
- and Meguro 03-3449-0901

Shibuya:
Raj Palace
From Elke (January 2004): "From Elke (June 2005): My favourite is the Raj Palace in Shibuya. This place really offers big value for money, the Indian food is one of the best in town. The staff is extremely friendly and tolerant with children and the ambiance is nice. Last but not least: They have an excellent all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (11.30 to 15.00 hrs, no time limit) with vegetable, spicy dal, chicken or mutton curry, tender Tandoori chicken, pakora, fresh and warm tasty naan, two kinds of rice, salad and dessert for 1,100 Yen (tax included, drinks (lassi, soft drinks, etc.) are only 100 Yen during lunch time)."
Shinjuku Raj Mahal - Peace Building 5th Floor, 3-34-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Tel/fax: 5379-2525
Roppongi Raj Mahal - Urban Building 4th Floor, 7-13-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Tel/fax: 03-5411-2525
Shibuya Raj Mahal - Jow Building 5th Floor, 30-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tel. 03-3770-7677
Shibuya Raj Palace - Hakuba Building 4th Floor, 26-11 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tel. 03-3780-6531
Ginza Raj Mahal - Taiyo Building 4th Floor, 8-8-5 Ginza, Tokyo, Tel/fax: 03-5568-8080

Myogadani:
Panas Indian Spice Restaurant
1-1-14 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 03-3947-3035
right next to the station (go out by the Vie de France Bakery)
11:00 - 16:30 and 17:00 - 22:30

Asian Chef (was called Namaskar before) CLOSED Location is now a visa office for India!
3-5-4 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
(was 03-3947-7701 as a restaurant)
Across from Ochanomizu National School on Kasuga dori about 7 minutes walk from Myogadani station.

Ikebukuro:
Gara Indo Dining
3-22-8 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
03-3971-3940
11:00 - 24:00 (LO 23:00), OK but not great, try for sort of a nouveau atmosphere.

Bengal Cafe
3-24-17-1F Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
Tel/fax: 03-3971-8677 Lunch and dinner. Open during New Year holiday.
Closest to Zoshigaya station on the Arakawa streetcar line but can be walked from Ikebukuro station (10 minutes). Located on Azuma-dori.
Best daal! (in my humble opinion) Too small for their own tandoori so serve store bought nan.

A-Raj Indian Restaurant
2-42-7 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
03-3981-9688
Lunch and Dinner, best seafood curry ever (at dinner), but very long wait.

Mantra
FLC Building, 1-22-2-8F Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5992-7421
This one is closest to Ikebukuro station (Seibu side) and has an all-you-can eat lunch. Not bad but not great. Big so always has seats and can accommodate large parties.

Takadanobaba:
Yeti -- Nepalese and Indian Restaurant
2-14-8-3F Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
03-3208-1766
11:00 - 23:00

Hongo (close to Tokyo University):
Mydung "Vietnamese"
4-2-8-2F Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
11:00 - 15:30, 17:00 - 23:00 (LO22:00)
Great lunch special price reduction if you get there after 1:30. Fills up then.
- Three other branches (one at 5-1-6-2F Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, just past the Marui Department store, 03-3985-8967)

Otsuka station (north exit):
Masala - CLOSED early 2005
2-14-8 Kita Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, tel: 03-3918-7938
Hole in the wall counter eating open until midnight. Good but according to my daughter not great, because they don't have freshly made nan. Lunch is filling at about Y600 with plenty of rice.

Surya
Lions Mansion Hakugin Building 2F
2-16-9 Kita Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0004
11:00 to 23:00
03-5961-6811
My daughter loves this place and it is close to home.
- Second location down the hill behind the Russian Embassy
2-12-3 Higashi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0044 (Azabu Juban)
03-3583-0023

Otsuka station (south exit):
Shanti (Opened June 2006)
3-43-12 Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
03-5954-3327
Cool decor and very good curry/nan set prices both at lunch and at dinner! Closed Mondays.

Komagome station:
Curry House Shanti (south exit)
1-41-15 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
03-3945-1557
Good curry/nan set prices both at lunch and at dinner! Closed Mondays.

Shanti (north exit)
3-33-15 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
03-3918-7537
Good curry/nan set prices both at lunch and at dinner! Closed Mondays.

Itabashikuyakushomae (Mita line)
Bombay Palace
3-27-3 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
11:00-14:30 and 17:30-23:00 03-6781-3300, this one has lunch specials for Y750 and is within walking distance of 3 train stations (JR Itabashi & Tobu Toyo line Shimo-Itabashi as well as Mita line). A Skylark restaurant is about 20 meters away (as a landmark). If you are driving it is right off Nakasendo Ave. coming from Sugamo (the usual parking problems).

Khazana (5 locations and part of the Maharaja Group)
3-30-11-B1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
03-3352-9455 "Raydude" really likes this one because of the all-you-can-eat from 11:30 to 16:00 for 950.
- Odaiba Decks 1-6-1-5F Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
03-3599-6551
- Sakuragicho: 2-3-4-B1F Queen's Square 'AT' (Minato Mirai 21), Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012
045-682-2873, daily 10:00-22:00
- Kameido Sun Street: 6-31-1-202 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
03-5628-7815
- Maharaja Tokyo-Dome City LA QUA 2F,1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112 0003

New Delhi
Wakatake Haimu 1F, 2-4-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5689-8786 closest station probably Edogawabashi (Yurakucho line) and next would be Iidabashi station.
Sunday they are closed. Good but not outstanding.

Our all-time favorite stand-by Indian restaurant:
Samrat
- Ueno 03-5688-3226, 1556 Lunch 11:00 to 17:00 daily (even Saturdays, etc.)
Oak Building 2nd floor, 4-8-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, close 22:00, have special dinner set for 890.
- Ebisu Samrat 03-5739-1805, close 5:00
- Kichijoji Samrat 042-220-8670, 8671 close 22:00
- Nishi Azabu Samrat 03-5778-3458, close 5:00
- Roppongi Samrat 03-3478-5877, 5776 close 5:00
- Shibuya Samrat 03-3770-7275, 7286 close 23:00
- Shinjuku Samrat 03-3355-1771, 1533 close 5:00
www.samrat.co.jp Great lunch sets with all you can eat rice and nan!

Moti
- Kohoku branch, 5F Kohoku Tokyu Department Store, 5-1 Chigasaki-chuo, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama-shi
Tel: 045-944-5180, open 11:00 to 22:00 (last order)
From Randolf in Yokohama (January 2004): "A must: MOTI Butter Chicken!"
- Akasaka branch, 3-8-8 Akasaka, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3582-3620, open 11:30 - 22:00 (last order) daily
- Akasaka TBS branch, 2-14-31 Akasaka, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3584-6640, open 11:30 - 22:00 (last order) daily
- Futago Tamagawa branch, 2-23 Tamagawa
Tel: 03-3700-6870, open 11:00 to 22:00 (last order) daily
- Roppongi branch, 6-2-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032
Tel: 03-3479-1939, open 11:30 - 22:00 (last order) daily

Kayabacho / Nihonbashi Stations
Sanan
Dai-Ichi Kabuto-cho Building basement
Nihonbashi Kabuto-cho 9-7, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
tel: 03-3249-1855
hours: 11:00~23:00 (L.O. 22:30)
30-second walk from Exit 10 and 11 of Tozai/Hibiya Line Kayaba-cho Station
2-minute walk from Exit D2 of the Tozai/Ginza/Asakusa Line Nihonbashi Station
e-mail sanantahir@yahoo.co.jp
http://sanan.tv/
http://sanan.tv/lunch.html
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Second shop opened 2008 Feb 9:
3-2-7-1F Higashi Fushimi, Nishitokyo City, Tokyo
tel: 042-461-1680

Nikke Colton Plaza Shopping Mall
Kumari Curry 1-1-1 Onitaka, Ichikawa, Chiba 272-0015 047-370-3212
Next to the Outback Steak House. Has a good dinner set for Y1200 plus Y200 for a big Nan which includes a bowl of mutton curry and a bowl of daal. Colton Plaza has a free shuttle bus from the end station "Motoyamata" on the Shinjuku subway line.

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