If you are in the Ueno area at lunch and hungry for a curry feast at a very reasonable price, you could do a lot worse than heading down to Andhra Kitchen in Okachimachi. The restaurant, who received an award for Best Lunch 2014 from Tabelog, offers a great selection of lunch sets, which are high in quality and go further than the usual butter chicken, naan, and rice options, offering, among other delights, chapati, dosa, and basmati rice in the deal.
The lowest price option is a mere ¥790, which comes with two curries, naan or chapati, salad, basmati, and a lassi. Making it an even better deal, the naan and basmati are on repeat, and you can really go to town if you have a particularly healthy appetite. I went for a slightly more expensive option (¥1090), which came with all of the above, but three curries: chicken, mutton and mixed vegetable.
The katoris were quite deceiving, as they are packed with ingredients – unlike some places that give you small bowl of curry sauce with a solitary piece of meat swimming in it. The basmati and chapati were polished off in no time, so I ordered more rice and a half naan (they just gave me a whole one), and they even threw in a complementary portion of sambar – a truly unexpected treat. That extra touch of customer care certainly goes a long way with me, anyway.
All in all a brilliant lunch and I envy anyone who lives in the area – It would be a no-brainer for me to go there every day. I recommend going with an appetite and at the start or end of lunch. As you can imagine, with the quality of food, it gets pretty packed in there. I shared a table with a complete stranger, but it didn't matter one bit – he was as engrossed as I was, the food capturing our full attention. That's the Andhra magic!