When traveling overseas I don’t always eat at restaurants that serve local food, sometimes I try restaurants with food from other countries. Sometimes you get a local interpretation of another countries food.
This is definitely the case here in the US, as food from many countries is Americanized.
When I visited Japan years ago I ate at an Indian restaurant that was run by Japanese and it was interesting to see how they interpreted Indian food.
On my walk last Saturday I passed this restaurant on my way to take the pictures that I shared in my post Tokyo Reflections.
I started to think about the last time I had Indian food in Tokyo and decide to stop in on my way back to the hotel. Would it be a local interpretation?
I had an early dinner and was the only patron, so had a chance to talk to my server. It was nice to be able to talk to a native English speaker for awhile.
Unfortunately since I was eating alone I could not order a large variety of food. However, I was not disappointed as I had already decided that I was going to order Butter Chicken if it was on the menu. I knew that I would get enough to fill me up.
I was not expecting the large Butter Naan. I was expecting smaller pieces.
I am getting hungry just looking at this picture again. I may have to make some Butter Chicken tomorrow for dinner, or perhaps go to a local Indian restaurant.
I really enjoyed my dinner and could imagine myself being in India as the food was authentic.
My server told me that now most Indian restaurants in Japan are run by Indians and are gaining in popularity. Mother India has only been open for a short time, and still had their grand opening specials displayed.
If you are in Tokyo and looking for some authentic Indian food, check out Mother India on Shinjuku Dori near the Hanzomon subway station.