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Nepalese-Indian Gastronomy: Vegetarian Lunch at Namaste Nippon in Shizuoka City!


Service: Very friendly, polite and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Spacious washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A great blend of Indian and Nepalese cuisines. More than sufficient drinks list. Vegetarian set or single dishes available. Very generous portions!


Namaste Nippon Nepalese-Indian Restaurant and its bright colors have been standing along the Kitakaido Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, 10 minutes walk from Cenova Department Store, and had often been recommended to me by friends.
I took advantage of free time at lunch yesterday to pay them a belated visit!


The owner and the staff all hail from Nepal but the chefs graduated from a cooking school in India, allowing them to combine the two cuisines with even a little Japanese twist at times!


Lunch time is particularly busy and they do have a hefty menu!
One can choose from set menus or single dishes.
I already know I’ll have to plan a few more visits!
A good idea, since they serve a great variety of drinks including Shizuoka sake, would be to g there for a drink in the evening and eat their food as snacks!


I chose the vegetarian set lunch which should give me a good idea of the chefs’ skills!
It includes a lot!


But first of all I had to taste a “Nepal Ice” beer!


Enormous potato samosa with vegetable salad!


It would be enough as a great snack in the evenings!


The Vegetarian Lunch Plate, which includes the aforementioned samosa and a drink!


You can choose 2 out of 3 curries (sorry, this is how it is written on the Jpanese menu! Mind they all speak fluent English):
I opted for the above “Parapanilu” spinach and cttage cheese curry!


Dahl/beans Curry!
The third one was “Alparaku” Potato and Cottage Cheese!


Turmeric rice!
One can opt for plain rice, too!


“Achar” home-made Nepalese vegetable pickles! Very tasty!




And a great freshly baked nan!
Actually they bake many kinds of nan, chapati and so on!


I couldn’ help taste an Indian Legend beer!

Meet you in the evening there again!

NAMASTE NIPPON Nepalese-Indian Restaurant
420-0845 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oda Cho, 31-1, Ono Bldg, 1F (along the Kitakaido Street, 10 minutes walk from Cenova Department Store)
Tel. & Fax: 054-247-6775
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~22:30
Closed on Thursdays
Credit Cards OK
Paries welcome!
Take outs OK!


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12 Things To Know About ‘Indian’ Food Before You Seek It, Cook It & Eat It by Devaki


My new friend, Devaki at Weave A Thousand Flavors has come up with an essay on Indian gastronomy, which I think deserves special attention.
She says it took her 30 years in the making, and knowing so little myself about the culinary splendors of such a vast country/sub-continent, I took the liberty (with my friend’s agreement) to introduce her work for all to know.

In her own words, she is a purist when it comes to food and she worships the concept of ‘authentic’ as the benchmark of what is good especially when dealing with ethnic cuisines. If it’s being done successfully for over 3000 years years then she thinks it deserves that we sit up & listen!

She is still too modest about it when she says that she has no doubt that some of what she says here will have many of us in an uproar. But it can’t be helped as she courageously ponders.

Her hope is that people will view this incredibly vast, almost unfathomable cuisine in a new light. And if the next time when many of us go to a restaurant or decide to cook Indian at home, she hopes that what we have read in her posting will give us a moment of pause and enable us to make much more informed choices.

So here goes:
12 Things To Know About ‘Indian’ Food Before You Seek It, Cook It & Eat It

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