Having checked out the roller-rink and convini/table tennis (what, don’t believe me? http://www.famitaku.com/) we found ourselves rather peckish, and surprisingly my friend suggested trying the Indian restaurant just down the road from the Pongvini. This is surprising because my friend has long been uninterested in Indian curry. “It’s just sauce on bread,” he’s been known to say. Despite such blasphemy he was keen to try Indian food the JIMC way - having read our blog he was eager to see if there was any substance behind all of our hype. Everyone’s had watery, mild soup and giant naan bread at lunchtime, but many haven’t had a true curry experience.
We sidestepped their cocktail and wine selections and dove straight into the Kingfishers, with papad of course. This is the JIMC way. The Kingfishers were cheaper than usual (600 yen, as opposed to over 700 at many places) and the papad was very tasty - crispy and well seasoned. The menu was reasonably well apportioned too; plenty of choices but not so many as to make me worry about the chef’s ability to make them all. My companion went with a dry-style curry - the Chicken Aara? (in Katakana アーラ; never heard of it) and I opted for the Palak Paneer. I’ve had some amazing Palak and Paneer dishes lately, so this was me throwing down the gauntlet to see how they stack up. With a sly wink I ordered the hottest they could give me, along with a Khasta Roti (crispy flatbread with Ajwain seeds) and a Bhatura.
Thus we ended an evening of pleasant surprises with very full bellies and warm hearts. I hadn’t expected to see a convini with ping-pong, my friend hadn’t expected to discover he actually does like Indian food (when done right) and neither of us had expected to find a fine Indian dining experience in this unique little establishment. Go check out Shanti Club India on a pleasant summer evening and sit on their small outdoor area - you might see me there.