I headed to Meguro with a friend the other day to experience pretty much, being British, the closest thing to heaven in Tokyo: An Indian restaurant that serves Northern Indian (Punjabi) cuisine, next door to a British-style pub. We got there around 7pm and decided to do the pub first. After some delicious pints, we were ready to indulge ourselves in a full-on feast. We were the only customers there so we got seated and served right away.
Not ones to rest on our laurels, we went straight for some more beer and some papad. The papad arrived with a complementary mint sauce, which went down perfectly. Great start. Following this we went for samosa and some chicken tikka, and while ordering that we chose the curries; my friend opted for Chicken Tikka Masala and for me Rasoi’s Butter Chicken – I’m not usually a fan as too many versions of Butter Chicken are generic, mild and uninteresting but thought I’d put the chefs to the test. To go with the curries, we ordered chicken biryani, kulcha, and a separate plate of basmati rice.
The samosas came out with some red chili sauce (so much better than the standard tomato ketchup it usually comes with), followed shortly by the chicken tikka, and served with more mint sauce. The samosa crust was thick and stuffed with a delicious assortment of spicy vegetables and nuts. The chicken tikka, served with a dry cabbage relish and a cut of lemon, was soft, smoky and succulent and went down a treat with a few spoons of mint sauce. Then the curries came. Both dishes were packed with ingredients in thick sauces, and both offered a considerable kick – even the butter chicken, which in most cases is very mild. My friend went as far as saying it was the best that he'd eaten, and not even just in Japan. (more)