Mohan Dish - Indian Curry
Mohan dish is my favourite Indian restaurant in Sapporo Japan. I love Indian food and being British I have had my fair share of excellent Indian curries. Some say (mostly Brits) that the UK has the best Indian food in the world, even better than India. I’ve never been to India so I can’t really comment on that statement, but the best Indian food I have had was in London.
For me eating Indian curry is about having fun, like a form of entertainment or something. It’s like having a workout where you sweat, pant, and get a full body rush in the process while downing pints of beer and seeing who could finish their food without crying like a baby……grrrrrr!
The Indian food in Japan however, leaves much to be desired. In Sapporo there are just over a handful of Indian curry restaurants and so far I have been mostly disappointed. Mainly, it’s the dishes are not spicy enough and seems to have less flavour (salt?) and zest than their British counterparts. Maybe it’s because that’s how the Japanese like their curries. I mean foreign food in every country is catered towards the tastes and likes of the people of the host country, right?
The dishes also seem to be slightly different than what I am used to. They don’t have Baltis here, or Rogan Joshs, or even vindaloos which are loved by us Brits. Again, I think this maybe a cultural difference.
Anyway, moving onto Mohan Dish. Of all the Indian restaurants I have been to in Sapporo, which is about four, and usually once every few months (Back in the UK I would eat out or get a delivery once every couple of weeks) this is my favourite. It’s not fantastic but if I have the urge for a curry, Mohan Dish is where I go.
There is a spice level on a scale of 1-5. For spice lovers I recommend going for 4 or 5. Even 4 was pretty tame for me. I would expect 5 to make me sweat, cry and burn my face off like those lovely vindaloos used to do, but with a level 4 I almost forgot I was eating an Indian curry, it was that mild. Meh. Next time, I will definitely go for a level 5.
The prices are really good here, probably the best in town. I usually order the Chicken Masala dish because I love chicken and Masala, but I think the lamb dishes are the best. The Spicy Lamb Masala comes with a very generous helping of succulent lamb chunks, but still needs more salt (I want to tell Mohan himself but I reckon he might take a dump in my food the next time I go there). Even though the name says it’s spicy, it’s not really that spicy. Go for a minimum level 4 spice.
The best thing about Mohan Dish is their cheese naan bread. Awesome! Melted cheese in naan. Be careful, it’s hot!(and not the spicy kind)
An average meal without beverages will set you back about 1,200 yen per person.
Address: Kita 24 jo, Nishi 4 chome
Access: from Kitanijuyojo subway station on the Namboku line it takes about five minutes on foot. From the station take exit 1. Turn right and walk to the end of the block and then turn right again. You should see Mohan Dish on your right.
Lunch: 11:00 – 15:00 (last order 14:30)
Dinner: 17:00 – 24:30 (last order 24:00)
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