Nandri sits opposite the Toden Arakawa-Line (between Arakawa-Yuenchi-mae and Arakawa-shako-mae), a single tram-carriage style track that gives the area a distinct feel of remote-residential, and one which would not likely motivate a visit for any other reason in particular, unless, that is, you are on a mission like I was yesterday.
The food came: a thali set, which included a delicious zucchini korma, sambar, rasam, poriyal, raita, a kind of carrot relish, papad, and Tamil derived “ponni” rice (the restaurant focuses primarily on Tamil Nadu state cuisine). I was a little disappointed at first that there was no bread, as I had a serious hunger on, but it didn’t stop me from going about this meal with great enthusiasm, the wonderful array and combination of flavours pleasing with every mouthful, all without a trace of MSG or trans fats. Perfectly balanced and with a real kick, the zucchini korma was the winner hands down, and my foray into vegetarianism seems well and truly underway (first eggplant and okra, now zucchini – a mini miracle for my food-shocked taste buds!). The downside was that there was only a katori dish-sized portion of the korma, and I started to long for the thalis of recent outings.
Before leaving, the master recommended that I come back to sample the evening menu and that I check out their dosa and Kerala parata, which I most definitely will. I would go there just for a full portion of the zucchini korma, and anything on top of that will be a bonus. I left feeling that I would be hungry on the way back to work, but found the complete opposite – my appetite had been thoroughly satisfied and the light meal gave me energy for the rest of the afternoon. I read a quote from Seneca recently about denying oneself the diet of lions and vultures. I'm starting to think it may soon be within the realms of possibility.