I was asked the other day, not for the first time, where I would recommend to go for authentic Indian curry in Tokyo. Chris and I have been to many places over the past couple of years and we have been lucky to find some great food, and though it would be difficult for us to pinpoint exactly what ‘authentic’ Indian curry is (there are 20+ different Indian cuisines and there is no actual word for ‘curry’ in the Indian languages), we have had our fair share of quality experiences. Kasai and the surrounding area, which is home to a large Indian community and several quality Indian restaurants, is one district where you will find Indian cooking done to near perfection, and in our humble opinion, you would be lucky to find much better in Tokyo. Reka, a mother and son operation (the Puranik family) and part of the Reka Corporation that set up Higashi-Kasai’s new Indian cultural center and is expanding into diverse areas such as sports/curry bars (opening in March in Nishi-Kasai; like a dream come true), is one place that brings Indian home cooking to the restaurant table.
The family aspect of this is no coincidence, as what you can expect to eat there is, essentially, what would be served up in many homes in various regions of India. The restaurant offers top quality Indian meals, created ‘tadka’ style, and all prepared for several hours each morning by Mrs. Puranik and her staff in order to capture the essence of classic Indian home meals. The branch of Reka we visited the other day is the new store just recently opened and adjacent to the cultural center, which offers courses in yoga, Hindi language, Sanskrit language, Marathi language, tabla and other instruments, clay pottery, chanting and many other classes, some of which are taking place as the magic is being concocted each morning in the kitchen. (more)