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šSpice Cafe/
Oshiage: Indian
₯3613-4020
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Oshiage, in the
northeast corner of
Tokyo, isn't exactly
a food-lover's des-
tination, but we
think it deserves a
spot on the gourmet
map simply because
it's the closest
station to Spice
Cafe. The chef here
is a veteran of a
hotel restaurant in
Kerala, India, and
he prepares authen-
tic, first-class
curries in this cozy
little hideaway.
Word is out, though,
and most tables are
reserved for both
lunch and dinner
every day.

The cafe-restaurant
occupies an old
wooden apartment,
decorated throughout
with fresh flowers.
Although the dining
area isn't exactly
spacious, the open-
plan arrangement and
the recycled wooden
chairs and tables
give it a comfort-
able and homey at-
mosphere. Attached
to the dining area
is a small gallery
showcasing paintings
and ceramic works by
young artists.

If you come at din-
nertime, we recom-
mend the omakase
menu - two starters,
three curries, three
desserts and coffee
or tea for Y3500.
What's unusual is
that most of the
starters are Euro-
pean dishes, fol-
lowed by Indian
curries.

A recent meal began
with bacon quiche; a
salad of carrots,
nanohana greens and
shiitake mushrooms;
and homemade sausag-
es. These were all
well above average
in quality, and the
homemade bread was
excellent. For the
main course you can
choose three out of
the four curries on
the menu - chicken,
mutton, vegetable
and curry of the
day. The daily curry
is often a specialty
of southern India,
and it was Kerala-
style fish curry on
the day of our vis-
it..

We were most im-
pressed by the
smooth, subtly
spiced chicken cur-
ry. The vegetable
curry was milder,
and the mutton was
rich and creamy. The
Kerala-style fish
curry had an appeal-
ing sour flavor,
balanced by fresh
tomatoes, and we
thought it would be
perfect with a cold
beer on a hot summer
day. In general the
curries here are
less greasy than
we've found else-
where in Tokyo, and
incorporate a well-
balanced blend of
various fresh
spices.

Although beer is
probably the best
match for the cur-
ries, wine goes well
with the delicious
appetizers here.
Prices are very
reasonable: bottles
start at Y2000, with
wine by the glass
from Y450. The
drinks menu also
includes unexpected
choices like cider,
Calvados and grappa.
Reservations are
highly recommended
for both lunch and
dinner. The set
lunch is Y950, and
it includes a curry,
salad, dessert and
coffee or tea.
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Sumida-ku, Bunka
1-6-10. [take exit
B3 from Oshiage
subway station and
walk straight down
Shin-Azuma Street;
turn left at the
corner of a Korean
barbecue restaurant
and turn right at
the corner of a
grocery store; it's
about 12 minutes
from the station]
 Open 11:45am-2,
2-4, 6-10pm. Closed
Mon, 3rd Tue.
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