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This guide includes the following categories of South Asian cuisines:
This guide includes the following categories of South Asian cuisines:

Indian

Papera - Indian: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Spice Heaven - Indian: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The Y1000 lunch buffet has only four curries, but they're above average in quality. Mondays are all vegetable curries at this branch of the Maharaja chain.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Devi - Indian: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Interesting curries and other Indian fare at very reasonable prices. Budget around Y2000 for dinner, Y1000 for lunch.
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sitaara - Indian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Good kebabs as well as curries are served at this attractively appointed tandoori specialist. Weekday lunches are Y1050-1600, while dinner with drinks averages around Y4000.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ghungroo - Indian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Critically acclaimed curries in a pleasant little shop located on the little street parallel to Kotto-dori. The food is authentic and good, and Ghungroo even caters events at the Indian Embassy.
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Raj Mahal - Indian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Decent budget curries from one of Tokyo's oldest Indian chains; budget around Y2500-3000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tandoor - Indian: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-11pm 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...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Rasoi - Indian: Meguro
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Excellent Indian cuisine. A la carte menu from Y1,110, lunch from Y780. They also deliver within the area.
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Moti - Indian: Roppongi
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
A Roppongi tradition, still packing in the customers.
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nirvana New York - Indian: Roppongi
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
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,...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Nirvanam - Indian: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Pondichery - Indian: Aoyama 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Moti (TBS) - Indian: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Another local branch of this popular Indian chain, with a good selection of vegetable-based choices.
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Spice Diner - Indian: Tameike
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Devi Fusion - Indian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-10:30pm 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...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Nirvanam - Indian: Toranomon
Open 11:15am-2:30, 6-9:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The second branch of one of Tokyo's best Indian restaurants, Nirvanam specializes in southern Indian fare made with high-quality ingredients - lots of mutton, chicken and fish curries and some...
Open 11:15am-2:30, 6-9:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gurgaon - Indian: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Khyber - Indian: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Raj Mahal - Indian: Ginza
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Reliable budget Indian fare from one of Tokyo's most popular and longest-running chains.
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Dharmasagara - Indian: Higashi-Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Popular with Indian customers, Dharmasagara serves great South Indian cuisine, with especially good dosa and other breads and plenty of interesting vegetable-centered options. Lunch from Y1200,...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Dhaba India - Indian: Kyobashi
Open 11:15am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:15am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Mile Post Cafe - Indian: Kayabacho
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Perched above an expensive bicycle shop, Mile Post serves Japanese craft beer and an eclectic food menu in a waterfront setting. When the weather is nice the cafe's ten-seat terrace area, looking...
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Dipmahal - Indian: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Above-average curries and tandoori dishes, at good prices.
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Spice - Indian: Akebonobashi
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good Indian curries, tandoori items and Nepalese starters and side dishes. The momo dumplings are better than average, and the Indian Salad is impressively spicy. Budget around Y2000-2500 at...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ajanta - Indian: Kojimachi
Open 24 hours a day.
A huge menu, great food, a surprising variety of different breads, and extremely convenient hours.
Open 24 hours a day.
Ganges - Indian: Hanzomon
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Lunch Y920 (to 3pm), dinner from Y2,700. Take-out also available.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Mandala - Indian: Jimbocho
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Indian curries and garlic cheese nan from the owners of nearby Thai restaurant Maenam no Hotori. Budget around Y2500 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Amara - Indian: Oshiage
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
If you're in the mood for Indian food at Skytree, this is the place. The Solamachi Set, with vegetable and shrimp curries, salad, kebab, nan and yogurt, is Y1580.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Spice Cafe - Indian: Oshiage
Open 11:45am-2, 2-4, 6-10pm. Closed Mon, 3rd Tue.
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...
Open 11:45am-2, 2-4, 6-10pm. Closed Mon, 3rd Tue.
Bombay Cafe - Indian: Harumi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Reliable Indian curries from the Maharajah group, and occasional live music performances. Lunch served till 4pm.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Khazana - Indian: Daiba
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Reliable Indian fare and terrace seating overlooking the Rainbow Bridge from the popular Maharaja chain. A buffet lunch (Y980) is served until 3pm (LO).
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Minami Indo Dining - Indian: Nakano
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Spice Magic - Indian: Setagaya-ku
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Excellent curries and tandoori items and fantastic nan.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Spice Magic Calcutta Kita-guchi - Indian: Nishi-Kasai
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Spice Magic Calcutta Minami-guchi - Indian: Nishi-Kasai
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...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tandoor - Indian: Kawasaki
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Good curries and northern Indian home-style cooking; budget around Y2000 for dinner.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Khazana - Indian: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Reliable curries from a major chain of Indian restaurants.
Open 11am-10pm daily.

Sri Lankan

Ceylon Inn - Sri Lankan: Naka-Meguro
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Excellent, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by native chefs at this friendly little neighborhood spot. The chef's special menu includes chicken liver stew, fish curry and masala chicken. ...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:15pm (LO) daily.

Pakistani

Marhaba - Pakistani: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
From the owner of Al Flah supermarket, an authentic Pakistani restaurant popular with Pakistani customers. All meats are halal, and curries average Y800-900.
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

Nepalese

Sansar - Nepalese: Shinjuku
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
Excellent curries, tandoori items, and Nepalese specialties from an all-Nepali crew. The chapati is outstanding.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
Ama - Nepalese: Yoyogi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight 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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Himalaya Curry - Nepalese: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30am-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...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Masala Hut - Nepalese: Harajuku
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Very good Indian curries, tandoori dishes, and Nepalese specialties. Full-course dinners from Y2500 (or Y2000 for the vegetarian special). The dining room is tiny but cheerful.
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Kantipur - Nepalese: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Good Nepalese food, large portions, and great background music. Budget around Y2000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Khumbila - Nepalese: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) 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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Madal - Nepalese: Meguro
Open 11am-3, 6-10:30pm (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...
Open 11am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Maya - Nepalese: Meguro
Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm.
A "nouvelle Nepali" kitchen, they also serve a very economical Y1000 curry dinner.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm.
Kathmandu Gangri - Nepalese: Meguro
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (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...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Himalaya Table - Nepalese: Kanda
Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Do craft beers go with Nepalese cuisine? The folks at Himalaya Table Craft Beer and Spice think so, and so they offer eight microbrews on tap - chosen to go well with your momo mutton dumplings,...
Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Khana - Nepalese: Koenji
Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian dishes at cheap prices, with lunch and dinner "sets" starting at Y750. Lunch served to 4pm.
Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Namaste Kathmandu - Nepalese: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10:30pm 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...
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.

Tibetan

Tashi Delek - Tibetan: Akebonobashi
Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Budget-friendly Tibetan and Indian dishes are served at this relaxed neighborhood shop. Lunch is around Y1000, while dinner with drinks runs around Y2500.
Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Bengali

T. Side - Bengali: Kamakura
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) 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...
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Bhutanese

Gatemo Tabum - Bhutanese: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
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,...
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
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