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FoodDude2 Mar 3, 2010 03:12 AM

Thoughts?? I'm in the mood for some yummy garlic naan and some spicy curry.

  1. kamiosaki Mar 3, 2010 06:06 AM

    If you are asking about lunch buffets specifically, around my 'hood' of JR Meguro Station, Laxmi is by far the best lunch buffet, moderately spicy curries, the dal is the best IMO.

    Nirvanum in Kamiyacho is as far as I can go from that area at lunch time, and it's worth it too.

    http://www.bento.com/r-indian.html

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      Silverjay Mar 3, 2010 06:32 AM

      I know their lunch sucks, but do you like Rasoi in Meguro for dinner?

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        lost squirrel Mar 3, 2010 06:16 PM

        My sister and her boyfriend swear by Nirvanum - for both lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, there are no good buffet or other types of Indo food in the kanda/otemachi/ogawamachi area. At least none that I like.

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          jem589 Mar 4, 2010 11:02 PM

          You don't like Budoya or Hongokutei? Budoya isn't Indian Indian, but I love their veg curries. And I took an Indian guy to Hongokutei and he raved about the authenticity.
          I went to the Nataraj in Gaienmae and really disliked it. The food there was bland, and I was pissed that they had upcharges to make it spicy.

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            coldicott Mar 5, 2010 02:39 AM

            Blimey - there must be two Natarajs in Gaienmae. The one I went to had really fresh veggies in the curries, thick, rich sauces and was anything but bland. Didn't notice the charge for adding heat, which sounds a bit crap. The Ginza branch is a similar menu, and the buffet has chili powder, so you can have it however you like it.

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              Uncle Yabai Mar 5, 2010 10:39 AM

              I have been to the one jem589 went to, I think. Bland is an understatement, and just overall forgettable.

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                coldicott Mar 7, 2010 03:06 AM

                Blimey - an Indian restaurant for which "bland is an understatement". Did you forget to order a curry with your rice? But seriously, the bhurj paneer is a great way to serve paneer (and very rich), the sag with lentils is brilliant - and makes you wonder why that's not the way everyone makes spinach curries. Organic genmai with curries is a great option, and the rotis there taste a lot more 3-dimensional than the efforts most places can muster. Even in comparison to Dhaba, Gurgaon and wherever else the Indian afficionados love, Nataraj is top notch.

      2. kamiosaki Mar 3, 2010 02:03 PM

        Also there's Raj Mahal in Shinjuku behind Mitsukoshi IIRC that I think still has a buffet on weekends, and is pretty decent too, but it's been a while since I have been there.

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          coldicott Mar 4, 2010 12:24 PM

          I would think that Nirvana is the best for carnivores (even their vegetable curry is listed as "non-veg"): http://www.nirvana-newyork.jp/menus/lunch.html (¥2,000

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          And Nataraj in Ginza would be best for veggies: http://www.nataraj.co.jp/en/ginza/E_G... (¥1,100

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          I thought Rasoi was pretty good for lunch - the dal was thick and fiery when I used to go - many years ago. They treated me as though I was a nuisance, but so would I if I had to shove nan breads under strangers' noses every day.

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          1. re: coldicott
            Robb S Mar 4, 2010 07:31 PM

            Is Nataraj still staffed by commune members from the Osho Sakshin Meditation Center? That group (and their US branch in particular) have a very interesting history.

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              coldicott Mar 5, 2010 02:49 AM

              No idea. Is that what makes them so mellow? I find that food always tastes better when served by flowery, commune-dwelling, new-age peaceniks.

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