Sakura Festival 2016 has been going on over the past few days and for people like Chris and I it's an absolute dream. Though considerably smaller than Namaste India, which traditionally happens a little later on in the year, this event has plenty of treats for anyone interested in Indian culture and a bag full of culinary delights for those into their Indian cuisine. Over the past three days, we tried pretty much every stall, which were a selection of some of the best curry restaurants in Tokyo and beyond: Mumbai and Pondichery, Moti, Ahilya, Ghungroo, and Govinda all represented.
It's actually very hard to know where to start as they all offered something as mouth-wateringly tempting as the next. As Mumbai was first in line, we started there and moved our way through. By the time we'd finished, we'd pretty much had something of everything. The real stand outs this year were the Masala Dosa at Ahilya, the samosas at Ghungroo, the Rum Chai at Shanti, and the Mutton Biryani from Mumbai. A veritable feast!
We could honestly have stayed there all day if time had permitted -- Chris put it aptly: it's like a tiny paradise for us! We definitely got the most out of it, though. In between feasting, we caught a couple of performances, which lifted the whole atmosphere of the place. I found myself transfixed on the classical Indian dance and then afterward with some tabla accompanied by a meditative riff on an electric guitar. It really is a culture full of transcendence and the sounds and the food just put you in such a magical head space. There were smiling faces everywhere and a proper sense that spring is upon us, which was confirmed by the hatching of the cherry blossoms in the surrounding areas.
So, all in all a brilliant little event and all Chris and I could say at the end of it was the we wish we could eat like this every day (and night). We got some good news just at that point: Sakura is being staged for an extra day on Tuesday (29th). So we'll be there, getting stuck in as usual. If you can make it down, there is a special offer being run by Mumbai and Pondichery. Follow this link and you'll find a flyer that will entitle you to FREE chicken tikka with every order. Now that's a reason to celebrate!