Shravan, the best Indian restaurant in Tachikawa 2019.01.15
Japanese people love curries. It’s something obvious by just walking any cities in this country. I’m no exception. I probably do eat curry more than once a week and I’d probably feel wrong if I didn’t have a chance to smell these exotic spices.
The authentic Indian restaurant
Shravan is the name of the restaurant that I keep going back during this 10 months of my stay in Tachikawa. It’s conveniently located at the center of Tachikawa, 5 mins by walk from JR Tachikawa central station. The restaurant itself is located on the basement floor. Try not to miss it when you walk from the station.
There are many types of Indian food in Japan. Some curries are sort of modified for the local people, some are more authentic. I would definitely say Shravan’s curry is the authentic style. It is probably one of a few authentic style Indian restaurant in the city.
I always have MUTTON MASALA curry in any curry place and Shravan’s mutton curry is one of the best curries that I’ve ever had in my life. There are 3 different types of curries available in this restaurant. Each slightly different but all good. I’m one of the regulars and I talk to the owner sometimes. He says he gets a good quality of mutton for his curry.
Curry is not only the food that I recommend from this restaurant. Rice dishes are also great. MUTTON BIRIYANI (¥1180) is another my regular dish here. I’m not sure if you know biriyani. It’s a rice dish flavored with Indian spices. Most people think of naan when it comes to authentic Indian food. Biriyani is something popularly eaten in India, so as I hear. In my opinion, biriyani is great when you want to have something less heavy than naan. Naan is great but it swells in your stomach and you get full pretty quickly. Sometimes it gets too much and the whole joy of eating great curry turns into discomfort in half an hour. Basmati rice is used for biriyani and this rice is much lighter than Japanese rice. The flavor of the rice is strong and it’s just great when you mix it with the right kind of curry. That’s what I love the most about biriyani.
On my previous visit to this restaurant earlier this month, I tried Seekh Kabab for the first time. It’s one of the meaty place that you see in any Indian restaurant and this dish, for some reason, has to be served with smoke coming out of the meat.
Seekh Kabab is not considered as a main dish. It’s more like a side dish or a appetizer. In Shravan, it’s a snack for drinking. I appreciate their price setting. It was only 420 yen for these two meat sticks.
Are we the only curry lovers in Asia?
Speaking of curries or Indian food in general, it’s safe to say Indian food is one of the most commonly eaten foreign food in Japan. It’s a surprising fact if you think about it. I thought we’re sushi lovers or tempura fans or tofu enthusiasts. The taste of subtleness, simpicity, is something I see in a traditional Japanese cuisine. As far as I know, there’s absolutely no traditional Japanese cuisine that uses any types of herb or spices. I do not see a room for Indian curries to be popular in this island.
What’s interesting to me the most is that this positive attitude toward Indian food in Japan is something unique even in the entire Asian counties. When I was traveling in China, it was surprising for me to find out that it is rare to find Indian restaurants in China. Many of my Chinese friends say it’s not something people would think about when they eat out. Everyone says it’s certainly not a popular food. No one really told me why but I guess it’s just not their thing.
My theory is… that curries that people like in Japan is something different from curries in India. Every foreign food that we bring from outside is modified from it’s original form. Maybe our love of curry started there and changed our tongue over time.
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