Okayama, the Fruit Kingdom, is also a Curry Paradise!
“Okayama Castle” is well-known because of its fashionable design with its refined black wooden board siding with battens.
“Okayama Korakuen” is one of the three outstanding gardens in Japan.
There are a lot of specialty fruits in Okayama, so many people say: “Okayama is a Fruit Kingdom.”
Therefore, Okayama has a lot of attractions for tourists to visit.
But there is a secret which only locals know….
Okayama has a lot of curry shops and each serves delicious and unique curry and rice!
So, let us give you a small list of curry shops which you can easily stop by even during your trip.
We narrowed the list down to 3 restaurants within walking distance of Okayama Station.
“milenga” brings you the flavor of Hyderabad in southern India
“milenga” is located near Nishigawa Green Road Park, and it is 5 minutes on foot from Okayama Station.
This restaurant serves Chicken Biryani which is originated in Hyderabad in southern India.
There are not many restaurants which serve Biryani in Japan, and this restaurant succeeded in making the exact the same flavor of Biryani as its birthplace.
The “Chicken Biryani Set” is a combination of Biryani rice, brown curry, white curry, and so on.
Biryani is rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients.
“milenga” use long, narrow, and non-sticky Basmati rice for Biryani, and it is cooked with chicken, vegetables, and spices such as clove, cinnamon, black pepper and so on.
Biryani has a really good taste with the well-done chicken, and you will be satisfied eating it just as it is.
But don’t be surprised, it will be much tastier when you eat it with the curry…!
You can taste all kinds of vegetable curry with the “Deluxe Vegetable” set.
Moreover, all menu items of “milenga” are approved as Halal.
No ingredients related to pork and alcohol are used, and other meat and ingredients are processed under Halal regulations.
There is a space for prayer in the basement, and it can be used even you don’t eat at the restaurant.
If you miss the flavor of southern India, this is the right place for you.
Address／Oka Building 1F, 1-3-3, Nodaya-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama
“KAMP” serves Indian-style spicy curry
“KAMP” is located on the Hokancho Shopping Street, which is an area deep in culture.
It is a 7-minute walk from the west entrance of Okayama Station.
Actually, “KAMP” is an inn which serves many backpackers from all over the world, but this place is also known as a tasty curry and rice shop.
You can find 3 kinds of curry and rice – chicken curry, Keema curry, and pork vindaloo curry.
Also, you can order “Hayashi-rice” (hashed rice).
The curry in the photo above is the combination of Keema and pork vindaloo.
We also recommend that you try a vegan doughnut.
Crispy on the outside, with a soft and light dry texture inside, it is just like a homey old-fashioned doughnut.
KAMP Backpackers Inn&Lounge
Address／3-1-35, Hokan-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama
You might even like to come and have curry at the “QUIET VILLAGE CURRY SHOP” every day.
f you asked somebody in Okayama to recommend a curry shop, more than a few people’s answer would be the “QUIET VILLAGE CURRY SHOP.”
This restaurant’s curry is based on the home cooking of Bengal (the area of Eastern India and Bangladesh).
The flavor is tender and mild because it doesn’t use a lot of oil.
However, it doesn’t mean the curry has a weak taste.
The flavors of the ingredients are extracted really well by a carefully thought-out method of using spices.
“Chicken,” “dal,” and “fish” (clockwise from upper right in the photo) are shown on this plate. A small cup of chai will be served after the meal.
And this “vegetable curry” is so delicious!
“Deep fried boiled egg with spice” is the most popular topping.
This topping’s feature is that a soft-boiled egg’s yolk makes the curry taste milder.
Dal curry is a vegan’s menu item, and the vegetable curry is OK for vegetarians.
It is understandable that many of the regular customers of “QUIET VILLAGE CURRY SHOP” come here and eat curry to help condition their body.
Taste the gentle curry and tender atmosphere of this shop.
QUIET VILLAGE CURRY SHOP
QUIET VILLAGE CURRY SHOP
Address／1-6-43, Omote-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama
Photographs and text by Kokohorejapan, Inc. (Saki Ikuta)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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