Come to Nagano — for the Indian Food!

May 3rd, 2009 by
Category: Cuisine
My daughter in front of Royal Hind restaurant.  She LOVES this place!

My daughter in front of Royal Hind restaurant. She LOVES this place!

Yeah, I said Indian Food!  It’s not something a visiting tourist would expect to dine on in a place like Nagano.  Here, most establishments serving  other than Japanese cuisine tend to be crafted toward the Japanese palate — Japanese people tend to prefer food that is served on the bland side, with perhaps a hint of strong flavor here and there.

That is why we find the Indian Restaurant, Royal Hind, such a breath of fresh air.  This establishment originally started out in southern Nagano City, where I — along with my family and several students of mine — were regular patrons.  But the restaurant eventually moved to Matsumoto and has since expanded to three locations, two in Matsumoto and one in Karuizawa.  We finally got a chance to go to one of these restaurants this week.  And as expected, we loved it!

The owner of this eatery, our friend Mr. Omvir Singh, serves up enormous naan (a kind of baked, flat bread) with curries of differing varieties.  And if you are worried about the curry being too spicy or not, no problem.  There is a simple number system (level 1, mild, to level 5, very-very-hot) so you can eat at a level of spiciness you prefer.  My wife always chooses level 2 — For a Japanese, she is pretty daring with spicy food!  But I go all the way — level 5!

The decor is very basic, but the food is the reason why we go.  You can order à la carte, with well-portioned items amusingly served on smaller dishes or bowls.  Or you can order from the set meals that are available, served on a large tray with several compartments for the curries, chicken, salad, rice, naan and other items in the set.  We often order their wonderful vegetable samosas and a tall glass of mango lassi — a sweet, yogurt-based drink that is great for washing away the hot spice of the curry.  Our favorite curry, without a doubt, is the vegetable curry.  It has good-sized chunks of vegetable well mixed in and it tastes wonderful!  And for a real treat, order the cheese naan!  It is awesome!

Lunch sets range in price from ¥850 to ¥1280, with additional helpings of naan at only ¥100.  Dinner à la cart items are ¥300 to ¥900.  Dinner sets are ¥1500 to ¥3000.

Royal Hind has two locations in Matsumoto — The Belmore restaurant, on the second floor of the Inoue department store, about a five-minute walk from Matsumoto Station — and the Nakamachi restaurant near Parco department store, on Nakamachi Street, just off Honmachi Street, between the Chuo 2 and Sensaibashi traffic signals.  A third restaurant just recently opened in Karuizawa on route 18, a short distance from the North Exit of Karuizawa Station.

You ought to go!  It’s the best Indian food I have ever had in this country.  No kidding!

Royal Hind Address & Contact Information:
Belmore restaurant: Fukashi 1-3-11 Belmore 25, Matsumoto, Tel/Fax: 0263-36-1671; Nakamachi restaurant, Chuo 2-4-18, Matsumoto, Tel/Fax: 0263-32-5731; Karuizawa restaurant, Kitasaku-gun, Karuizawa-machi, Higashi 6-16, 2F, Tel/Fax: 0267-41-4971

About Robert

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting Go! Nagano! I have been living in Nagano since 1999 and am now raising a family here. It is truly a great place to be! I am originally from Farmington, Connecticut in the United States of America. I went to college at New York University, majoring in Drama with a primary focus in production and promotion. I minored in music theory. I lived and worked in New York City for a while, but after a few years, I decided I had to get out, and I high-tailed it right out of the country. I literally went to the other side of the world, spending a year in a neighboring prefecture before finally settling down in Nagano. What I found so appealing about Nagano was the relaxed lifestyle and the abundance of natural beauty all around. As an avid hiker, I am always looking for new places to climb up and enjoy the view. And with four children, I am always looking for outdoor activities to do with the kids. In this blog, my hope is to inform future visitors about all the outdoor activites you can take part in around here, from hiking to family friendly activities or anything else going on. I hope you'll come and visit soon!

2 Responses to “Come to Nagano — for the Indian Food!

  1. It all sounds like a very good Indian restaurant and Indian food is so much richer in taste than Japanese food for sure, so it must be a good escape from Japanese food.

  2. Namaste to all friends,
    I am new to this Nagano City, working as postdoctoral fellow at Shinshu university. I am trying to find some accommodation here.
    I tried with few estate agents here, but what they showed me are too expensive >40K per month and the initial charges are very high.
    Kindly suggest me few accommodation to settle in this city.
    Warm regards
    Sanjeev
    email: ujjain.ism@gmail.com; skujjain@shinshu-u.ac.jp

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