This branch of Namaste, in the Hiroshima Station ASSE building, is more convenient for most than the original in Danbara. This means more of us can enjoy the great Indian and Nepali flavors and service offered by Megh and his staff. Those who prefer to eat in a smoke-free environment also benefit from the ASSE department store’s non-smoking policy.
While it is difficult to get away from the fact that you are eating in what is basically a shopping mall, the atmosphere is relaxed and there are little Indian and Nepali touches to the decor, the BGM that stays firmly in the background all mean that being in a mall is easy to ignore.
Namaste is a very popular at lunch. On weekdays, curry and nan sets start at ¥800, and go up to ¥1280 as they add options. The Double Curry Rice Plate (¥880) looks like fun – you can make your food look like the Indian flag. On weekends and national holidays the sets available are pretty similar, for just a few yen more.
In the evening you can order à la carte, though it’s unlikely that one of the many set course options won’t suit your appetite. There are 24 curries, including 8 vegetarian options as well as a couple of seafood dishes (¥780-¥940) on the menu. Choose your desired level of hot-ness (simply put as sweet, mild, medium, hot and super hot). If you are hungry and with a friend or in a group, the 90 min all-you-can eat “order Viking” is hard to beat. See below for set course menus and prices. If you just want a drink and a few spicy nibbles after work or before getting a train, try the ¥1000 banshu (晩酒) set which includes a drink, chicken tikka, samosa, papad and mini-salad.
For a taste from the Himalayas make a prior reservation for the Himalayan curry set (¥990 at lunch and ¥1100 at dinner) which includes a chicken & vegetable soup curry with Nepali or Japanese rice and salad. The appetizer menu has specialty items like the Himalayan momos (¥580 for 6), among the samosa, onion bhaji, papad (order ahead of time if you’d like vegetarian momos).
The drinks menu has Japanese beers, shochu, umeshu, whiskey and a few standard cocktails, but also includes Indian Kingfisher and Nepali beers (Gorkha, Everest and Nepal Ice – check out a review of them here). There are also Himalayan cocktails featuring Khukri Rum. The wine list also includes an Indian red and white.
Himalayan curry set ¥1100
Chicken & vegetable soup curry
Nepali or Japanese rice
Curry nan set ¥1180
Chicken, vegetable or dal curry, nan bread and salad.
Star set ¥1580
Salad, chicken tikka, hariyali kabab, nan or rice, vegetable curry and butter chicken.
Maharaja set ¥1990
Salad, tandoori chicken, choice of butter chicken, mutton, dal makhani or panner sag curry, choice of nan and any soft drink.
Namaste special set ¥2400
Salad, samosa, hariyali kabab, chicken tikka, any curry from the menu, any nan from the menu, draft beer or any soft drink.
Classic set for 2 people ¥4400
Salad, tandoori chicken (2 pieces), any 2 curries from the menu, any 2 nan from the menu, draft beer or any 2 soft drinks and dessert.
Kids Set (8 years and younger) ¥500
Rice, nan, papad and a choice of curry and a mango lassi.
90 min all-you-can eat “Order Viking“ ¥2500
Limited menu that includes prawn, chicken baigen, vegetable, pork, chana sag curries, green salad, papad, samosa, aloo ok achar, pokoda, chicken tikka, garlic, butter, onion and plain nan, rice, vegetable birayani. Add ¥1500 for all-you-can drink
- English menu
- English spoken
- Credit cards OK
- No smoking
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
Address: 6F ASSE Hiroshima Station Building
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