“What popular foods does the UK have?”, asks the same teacher every month. And I always respond with “Fish and Chips, Roast Beef and Indian Curry”. Curry has become a quintessential dish for British people stemming back to the 1800s. In fact, Chicken Tikka Masala has been labelled as “a true British national dish” by many with its origins in Glasgow. Strangely, I didn’t really enjoy spicy food until I was about fifteen. Some would call it blaspheme especially since my birthplace has the title of 2016’s Curry Capital of the UK. Takeout nights would be a pain for Dad, as he’d have to make two stops; The Bharat for curry and Casa Pizza for my solitary pizza. But now Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines.
During my time Miyoshi, i.e. the middle of nowhere, I was relatively spoilt for choice with two curry restaurants. I even took my parents to one while they were visiting. They said it was probably better than what York (their hometown) had to offer. However since moving near Hiroshima, I’ve stumbled upon what has to be the best Indian restaurant in Japan so far; Bombay Indian Dining in Itsukaichi. Now, I can’t say that I’ve been to every curry house in Japan (which could be a good idea for a blog), and I can’t validate how truly authentic the food really is, but this is the closest I’m going to get to the curries of home.
The food is excellent, managing to avoid the problems of Indian food for Japanese people. Indian cuisine tends to be made slightly milder, sweeter and “soupier” (too much liquid) to accommodate for Japan’s tastes. Here there’s a great balance in spices, ingredients and heat. The menu is pretty extensive, ranging from Prawn Biriyani to Sag Pork curry. Their vegetable curry selection is pretty good too. They even have my favourite dish, Chicken Handi. While it doesn’t come in the clay pot, which is the basis of its name, it’s still pretty damn tasty. One thing I especially like is the refills on Nan bread when you order a pricier Nan with your meal. Genius.
Unlike most Indian restaurant in Japan, and even back home, the interior decor is tasteful. Stained glass, lanterns and a liberal use of Indian themed art offer a calm and comfortable atmosphere. Meanwhile the staff are friendly and courteous. So, if you’re looking to satisfy your Indian food cravings and you’re in the Hiroshima area, then I’d definitely recommend; Bombay Indian Dining
BOMBAY INDIAN DINING
Address: 1-12 Yoshimien, Saeki-ku, Hiroshima
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