Omoinoki sits inconspicuously within the back streets of Kagurazaka, and from the outside looks anything but a restaurant that serves Indian food. I went there for a late-ish lunch, around 1:30, and the place was full, with a couple of people waiting ahead of me. The atmosphere can be best described as typical of the area: Omoinoki has a subtle class, and the service and the ambiance is matched perfectly by the people dining there. The gentle classical music in the background is almost imperceptible and the low hum of the customers chatting gives the place a distinctly exclusive feel – this is definitely a place where you would bring a date or a client you intend to impress.
The salad came first – a slightly disappointing green leaf and carrot mix that was over in two bites. The set came. It was a bit sparse – two curries and naan and rice on a platter. Fortunately, the quality of food did not disappoint. The gravy of both the curries was rich in flavour and cooked from the bottom up, and all the ingredients were fresh and harmonious. There was considerably more chicken in the curry than bone, and the prawns were meaty, large and delicious. There was a mild aniseed taste in the prawn curry and a well-balanced mix of ingredients in both, with cardamom and bay leaves added for extra flavour. I found myself eating it slowly to savour the whole experience; that could also have had something to do with the overall atmosphere of the place – everyone was doing the same.