Finding Nirvana in the middle of the big city


Taken by "Nirvana the Flavors of India"

The vast range of Nirvana dishes leave you pondering on which you would like to try first.

Five minutes from Kasumigaseki, compressed beneath a Family Mart, Nirvana makes the most of its windowless but family-friendly space. Dull red pastels and clusters of cream-colored seats convincing you to stay and eat.

For a price of 1,000 yen, Nirvana’s South Indian dishes are served in lavish profusion: from appetizers, such as vada (deep-fried ground pulses), to multiple curries ranging from colorful dal (lentil) to rich butter chicken, to everyone’s favorite accompaniment—naan.

Compared to other naans soaked with butter (oily and unappetizing), Nirvana’s naans had a tinge of butter—just enough so that it was glowing with softness.

Another recommendation would be their chicken biryani—stir fried rice ornate with star anise, cardamom, and bay leaves.

Although they had only one dessert, their pineapple payasam was phenomenal. The addition of pineapple was a refreshing respite from the everyday, standard payasam consisting of condensed milk, tapioca, and dried vermicelli. 

Nirvana is very likable for the fact that it distinguishes itself from the other Tokyo Indian buffets that usually consist of more quantity than quality and, as a result, produce many bland dishes that leave you and your wallet depressed.

In addition, many Indian restaurants are notoriously disdained in the Indian community because of the inauthentic amount of cream and oil they use to strengthen the flavour of their dishes. Nirvana, on the other hand, adopts the taste of India by investing in all-natural spices like garam masala and turmeric.

So, if you ever need a break from vigorous studying or have a voracious appetite for South-Indian food, then I suggest you find nirvanam (Sanskrit word meaning peace) in Nirvana.

You can make a reservation through the website or just give them a call (03-5510-7875)


If you're walking around Kasumigasegi and see this sign make sure to stop by and enjoy some amazing South Indian food.
Taken from Nirvana’s website
If you’re walking around Kasumigaseki and see this sign make sure to stop by and enjoy some amazing South Indian food.