Padma

padma curryPadma Indian dining is centrally located in Hiroshima city center right behind the Chisun Hotel. Padma means lotus flower in Hindi and does offer a very tranquil dining experience as the name suggests. The restaurant has a lot of table seating and quite a spacious layout making it good for group meals of all sizes. There are a huge variety of curries and side dishes to choose many of which are vegetarian.

There is a big, easy-to-read menu in English and Japanese featuring 37 curries to choose from with cashew nuts, tomato base, creamy, with lentils and meat. Eighteen selections are vegetarian specialties, and two are vegetarian with egg. Staff seem to have a good understanding of vegan needs, but vegan diners have reported mixed experiences, particularly with regard to soy cheese (please see the comments below). Nine curries feature chicken and two are made with ‘mountain sheep mutton’. There are tandoori meats, seafood, and even mushrooms available, an assortment of 10 different nan breads and 6 varieties of chapati flat bread. More than 10 types of appetizers I haven’t seen at other Indian restaurants including vegetable and chicken samosa and biryani (rice dish), papad (cracker), chili paneer (Indian cheese), and kofta (savory veggie balls in sauce), raita (yoghurt dip) among other delicious options. For lunch and dinner, the set meals offer quite a lot of food at a great price. Lunch sets are available for under ¥1000 and dinner sets are under ¥2000.

I enjoyed dinner here with a group, we ordered the “ladies set” which was a very good value set for ¥2500 including 2 drinks, appetizers, salads, choice of 3 curries, nan bread and dessert. It was a wonderful meal, although it was a bit too filling for me and I left completely stuffed, it was my own fault. Some clever members of our group were more restrained and took some of the delicious foods home in a take-out tray. Doggie bags are completely fine for full diners, they also offer a take-out menu if you prefer to pick up and eat elsewhere.

There are many set meals available including a filling vegetarian set for under ¥2000, Tandoor Set, and a basic set with salad and choice of 2 curries, drink and dessert for only ¥1600. The sets come with Chapati bread (like a thick tortilla flat bread cooked in a pan) or nan (fluffier bread cooked with butter in the tandoori oven) or rice. You can choose how spicy you want your curries and although it depends on the type of curries you choose, I chose a “little hot” and it was at about a “normal” spiciness range to me, perhaps I have a higher hot tolerance than I thought. If you like it spicy you should aim for the highest level perhaps.

Padma is a fantastic choice for groups small or large, there was a nice, relaxing atmosphere and the service was good. Table and counter seating can handle around 50 people at a time. The tables in the back are big, ornate, decorated wooden tables perfect for a feast, tables in the front are simple, modern wooden tables for smaller groups. All seating is non-smoking, there is a smoking area set up outside next to the front entrance. For drinks, they have a good selection of beers, wine by the glass or bottle, shochu, whiskey and cocktails.
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  • Lunch set curries, salad and rice

    Lunch set curries, salad and rice

  • Padma Entrance

    Padma Entrance

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  • Set meal (Ladies set- choice of 3 curries, sides, dessert, 2 drinks) 2500

    Set meal (Ladies set- choice of 3 curries, sides, dessert, 2 drinks) 2500

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  • Front dining room area- good for small groups

    Front dining room area- good for small groups

  • Take-out OK
  • Bilingual (English/Japanese) menu with pictures
  • All seats inside are non-smoking
  • Parking discounts are available from a nearby parking lot (RePark) for checks higher than ¥1800.
  • Many vegetarian curries and a vegetarian set available
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Reservations accepted & many set courses available from ¥2000+ per person
  • Seating for 50

Open Everyday 11am-3pm/5-11pm Located next to the Chisun hotel (back street)
Address: 1F Yoshimura Building, 10-10 Nobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku
Reservations
Tel: 050-5872-6987 Restaurant Tel: 082-836-5838
URL: http://hitosara.com/0006031509/

jjwalsh

Been enjoying living, working in and writing about Hiroshima since '98- co-founder, editor, photographer and writer for GetHiroshima.com / GetHiroshima map + GetHiroshima magazine

4 thoughts on “Padma

  • September 21, 2015 at 1:53 am
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    I strongly recommend vegetarians, vegans, lactose-intolerant people or anyone else with dietary needs steer well clear of Padma! The owner promised me that a garlic roti didn’t contain any dairy products but when it came out it had melted cheese all through it, bubbling out the top and blackened under the grill like only cheese can. When we asked again we heard him go back to the kitchen and reprimand his chef for saying it didn’t have cheese the first time, but then he still came back out and insisted it wasn’t cheese. Then he charged me for it, even after seeing we hadn’t eaten any of it!
    He just didn’t care, and would have preferred that I got sick than he had to spend a few minutes and a little more flour to make a dairy-free one as he originally promised.
    So Padma might be okay for anyone who likes greasy, insipid “Indian” curries, but it’s definitely not for anyone with dietary needs!

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    • September 21, 2015 at 9:10 am
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      Hi Jesse
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your experience at Padma. Is there any chance it was something other than cheese? I’ll try and check it out myself soon.

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      • September 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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        Hi Paul
        Thanks for the reply and looking into this!
        I’m usually very reluctant to accuse someone of lying like this, for fear of getting it wrong myself. But in this case I’m truly 99.999% sure that it was cheese. I’ve tasted a good mock cheese made by a Japanese chef (in Hakuba) out of soy powder, and all the European and American cheeses substitutes. Some are quite realistic, but you can tell they’re not cheese. And the odds of an Indian restaurant having a better cheese substitute, on hand, are so close to zero. The way it bubbled out the top and blackened under the grill was something only cheese can do, and (after naively trusting him the first time) we tasted it, and cheese it was. We even heard the argument and him reprimand the chef for getting it wrong the first time, and it was obvious that he was lying when he came out, with how he avoided eye contact and questions, and quickly disappeared. I guess he just didn’t want to lose face and have to use more flour to make another one?

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        • September 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm
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          I would strongly recommend removing your note that it’s the most vegetarian-friendly Indian restaurant in the city, because it’s dangerously misleading for vegetarians and vegans. The most important thing is an owner / manager who is willing to make the effort, and Padma clearly doesn’t have that.

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