We started with some spicy cashew nuts, some papad, and a couple of Kingfishers. The papad came with a selection of sauces to complement, which is what all curry restaurants should do, in our humble opinion. Also thrown in was some deliciously chunky mango chutney, so our taste buds were well and truly prepared for what was coming next. After another couple of beers, we went for the lunch menu. There are a couple of choices: there is the standard lunch fare, offering the usual (butter chicken, naan, rice etc.), but we chose the more tempting thali options on offer -- a vegetable thali for Chris and a meat thali for me. For a lunch deal this was a superb choice and it's great to see restaurants like Mumbai following the trend of the ever-increasing popularity in Southern Indian cuisine.
We refilled on some more basmati and a couple of the curries and had some of Mumbai store brand shochu (I'm not a shochu man; bad experience etc.). But this was an absolute revelation! The shochu was combined with lassi (available in Tokyo branches only) and the drink suddenly became irresistible -- the magic that can be conjured up by combing Indian cuisine to other culture's seems limitless!
We said our goodbyes and took a walk to help the digestion of this feast. Kashiwa has few highlights: there's a small cinema for independent films, and back alleyway that has a few decent restaurants, serving tapas and the like, and a couple of bars. Thankfully, Kashiwa is thoroughly on the curry map now Mumbai has come to town. I just have to convince Chris that there will be other places to go for lunch and that the future of the blog rests on experimenting with different places, but I might just have to accept his heart may have been won by his new favourite local restaurant.