I finally made it out this afternoon to a store at the heart of Tokyo that has been on my list of top places to visit ever since it opened a few months ago: Nandhini, Toranomon. After trying their sister store in Kiyosumi Shirakawa a couple of times, I was fairly sure they would come up with the goods, so I headed down there with my family in tow, which included a fussy 5-year old whose preference for butter chicken had me wondering if I’d be better off trying the place by myself another time.
We arrived at lunchtime and it was fairly quiet, though the single floor staff member became increasingly run off his feet as the place started to fill up, including a group of 10. The menu was packed with so many wonderful-sounding choices that it was tough to decide – do I go for the Kerala set, Nandhini set, Three-curry set, Dosa set, or “Meals” set? Each had an array of mouthwatering options, but I eventually went for the Non-veg version of Meals simply for the fact that sambar and rasam were on repeat and a second portion of basmati was only ¥100 extra. On top of that, there were two other curries (chicken and veg), a marinated chicken dish, papad, puri, acha, yogurt, and desert. The meals came out reasonably quickly considering it appeared that the only other staff member was a single kitchen staff.