While they many not win any awards for their rather basic decor, this late-night shop offers decent curries, friendly service and good value for money. And everything on the menu is available for take-out. If you somehow miss their 5am closing hour, they also have a 24-hour branch nearby (03-5272-6336).
The lunchtime buffet offers four curries and a few side dishes, but the lunch sets might be a better deal if you know what you want. Lunch sets include one or two curries, salad, drinks and nan or rice, and are priced at Y690 or Y780. The wider dinnertime menu includes tandoori items, with live music most evenings.
Shinjuku 2-8-1. Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
This big, popular restaurant serves good curries and tandoori items at reasonable prices, and shows Bollywood movies on multiple screens. They're open for lunch till 5pm (4pm weekends), starting at Y980.
A well-appointed Tokyo branch of the upscale New York Indian restaurant. At lunchtime you can enjoy a Y2000 buffet which includes three curries of the day, vegetable fritters, sauteed vegetables, omelettes and a salad bar. Prix-fixe dinners are Y6500-8000.
Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
The cooking here is a level above the usual Tokyo Indian restaurant - sophisticated dishes with distinctive flavors and top-quality ingredients. The emphasis is on southern Indian specialties (the owner is from Kerala), with lots of curries of mutton, fish and chicken and some great starters. The popular lunchtime buffet is bigger than average, with fifteen different dishes. Budget around Y3000-4500 at dinnertime.
Toranomon 3-19-7. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Good South Indian cuisine from the management of the Mumbai restaurant chain. Lunches are priced from Y850, dinners from Y1500. Lunch is served until 5pm, and on weekends and holidays there's an all-you-can-eat lunch for Y1980.
Minami-Aoyama 1-10-5, Sai-Aoyama Bldg 2F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Akasaka's long-running and highly regarded Indian-food pioneer is back in a new location and under new management. Their lunchtime buffet includes a big assortment of curries and other dishes, while the dinner menu features dishes from every region of India.
Akasaka 2-12-33, B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Don't come here looking for fusion cooking - it's all straight-ahead curries and tandoori items, above average in quality although sometimes overly salted. One thing that sets them apart is the Hoegaarden on draft, a refreshing Belgian white beer that provides a very pleasant contrast with the spicy dishes. The decor is fairly pedestrian, with sports on the big-screen TV, but at least the smoking and non-smoking sections are on separate floors.
This "Indian village restaurant" is a branch of the excellent Southern-Indian specialist Dhaba India in Kyobashi, and serves a good variety of Indian regional dishes. Set menus from Y2800. Cash only. [Go to branch review]
This sister shop of the excellent Dhaba restaurant bill themselves as a tandoori specialist, and indeed the dishes from the tandoori oven here are far better than what you'll find at typical Indian restaurants. The prawns and shish kebab are outstanding, with interesting, complex spices. They also serve some unusual curries like a richly flavored mutton with black pepper, and mutton with salty mango pickles. There's a small wine list and a very refreshing fresh-lime soda and other soft drinks. Budget around Y5000 for ample food with a few drinks; lunch is Y1300-2600.
Ginza 1-14-6. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Popular with Indian customers, Dharmasagara serves great South Indian cuisine, with especially good dosa and other breads and plenty of interesting vegetarian options. Lunch from Y1200, prix-fixe dinner from Y3150 or a la carte.
Authentic, very enjoyable Indian cuisine, with an emphasis on the cooking of southern India. The dosas are light and fluffy, the curries are hearty, and every dish has its own distinctive flavor and character. The decor is simple and tasteful, a nice change from the typical Tokyo curry shop.
Yaesu 2-7-9. (from Kyobashi sta. exit 5 walk 3 minutes towards Tokyo station, then turn right) Open 11:15am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
This cozy basement "Asian dining" spot mainly features Indian and Nepalese curries, although they also offer a few Thai dishes for variety. Lunch is served until 5pm. Lunch sets start at Y750, and dinner sets (curry plus rice/nan plus drink) start at Y1150.
Sumiyoshicho 5-9, Refresh Sumiyoshi B-Wing B1F. Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
The chef here is a veteran of a hotel restaurant in Kerala, in southern India, and the chef's menu (Y3500) includes three Indian curries along with European-style appetizers and three desserts. Wine starts at Y2000/bottle or Y450/glass, and there's also cider, Calvados, grappa and other unexpected drink choices. The set lunch is Y950. [See FULL REVIEW.]
Very good, authentic south Indian cuisine - the nan and tandoori items are especially good. Lunch starts at around Y800, with a curry-and-tandoori thali platter for Y1150. Budget around Y2000 for dinner.
Arai 1-23-23. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Sri Balaji promises authentic South Indian cuisine, and they deliver on the promise quite capably. The large menu includes a good selection of dosas, soups and tandoori dishes as well as various curries.
Excellent curries and tandoori items and fantastic nan.
Setagaya-ku, Sakura 3-25-3. (on Setagaya-dori next to a branch of Jonathan's restaurant, about ten minutes west from Kamimachi station on the Setagaya (streetcar) line) Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
The simple interior of Spice Magic's home branch reflects the unfussy home-style cooking that has made the restaurant famous. Northern Indian favorites comprise the menu -- flaky potato-filled samosas, nutmeg-infused chicken korma, and salty paneer cheese floating in creamy sag spinach curry. Among the house specialties are tandoori chicken and gooey cheese naan.
Nishi-Kasai 3-13-3. Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
On weekends, this casual restaurant fills up with Indian expats who come for the Southern Indian specialties such as coconut-simmered Chettinad chicken curry, donut-shaped fried vada breads and tamarind-scented sambar vegetable stew. The Masala Dosa -- a paper-thin, buttery crepe made from rice flour, stuffed with spiced potatoes and served with fresh coconut chutney and piquant tomato puree -- is highly recommended.
Excellent, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by native chefs at this friendly little neighborhood spot. The chef's special menu includes chicken live stew, fish curry and masala chicken. Budget around Y2500 for dinner, Y1000 for lunch.
Kami-Meguro 2-7-8. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Oriental Table Ama serves good, reliable Nepalese and Indian curries along with crowd-pleasing pan-Asian side dishes (momo dumplings, Thai fishcakes, spicy lamb skewers, samosa, sate). The third-floor dining room, up a narrow staircase, looks out over the intersection in front of Yoyogi station. Dinner averages around Y2500, and the three-curry set lunch is Y850.
Yoyogi 1-32-12, Paris Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Lots of good curries, great momo dumplings and "special nan" - potato, keema, coconut, etc. - at very affordable prices. The tiny basement dining space is enlivened by Nepalese music videos. Open all day long, with lunch served to 4pm.
Sendagaya 3-3-3, Executive Harajuku B1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Nepalese and Tibetan curries, noodles and Tandoori-style dishes. The restaurant is tucked into a back alley a few blocks from Ebisu station, and is divided into several small, cozy rooms spread out over several levels. At lunchtime on weekdays there's an all-you-can eat buffet for Y1,000.
Ebisu-Minami 1-9-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The Tokyo branch of a Kyoto restaurant serving Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian food. In spite of their location in a run-down office building, the dining room is cheerfully exotic, with decorative carpets, wall murals and seating cushions adding to the atmosphere. The food is a slightly fancier version of home cooking. Lunch from Y800. They also have a bar area, open to 11pm. No lunch on weekends.
Kami-Osaki 2-15-2, Meguro Business Mansion 5F. Open 11am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The heady aromas of exotic herbs and spices wafting out of the kitchen summon up images of far-off lands, and the atmospheric Tibetan music on the stereo completes the picture. The menu here includes Nepalese and Tibetan sections, with set dinners ranging from Y1100-3000 and lunches starting at Y700. The food is nicely spiced, rich and garlicky, and fiery hot, and the portions are quite filling. [See FULL REVIEW.]
Shimo-Meguro 1-2-22, B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A friendly, cozy little restaurant with good home-style Nepalese dishes. In addition to the curry selection there's a tandoori mixed platter (featuring chicken, sausage, fish tikka and prawn) for around Y2000.
Kichijoji Honcho 2-11-7, Yokose Bldg. B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
The best Indian food in Shonan - indeed, some say the whole of Kanto. Excellent cooking reflects all corners of India, including Madras, Bombay and Calcutta (and even a few Nepalese dishes). Well worth the detour.
Kamakura-shi, Komachi 1-6-12, Kotobuki Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A tiny cafe with a limited menu of four Bhutanese stews with rice, including a fiery version of ema datshi, a cheese and chili stew that's Bhutan's national dish. The other stews (pork and daikon, chicken, potato-cheese) are milder, and you can opt for a two-stew combo plate for Y900. There are also a few salads, fried tofu, and a tasty "Indian snack mix" with chopped vegetables and Masala spice. The drinks menu offers Edelpils beer on tap, German and Chilean wines, and Bhutanese rum, whisky, and teas. Classical music plays in the background, and the cafe is entirely non-smoking, just like Bhutan itself.
Uehara 1-22-5. (on Uehara-Ginza shopping street between Inokashira-dori and the post office) Open 6pm-midnight daily.