This restaurant, named "Tanpopo"(dandelion), specializes in curry dishes, and most people living in Nago know about the place.
Although it is located on a backstreet and hard to find, it's worth going there.
Click here to see Google Map for the location.
Once you go into the right backstreet, you can easily notice the white, barrel roof building, as the other roofs on neighboring buildings or houses are of either flat or triangle-shaped.
Brick walls inside create a relaxed atmosphere. The BGMs they play are always western classical music. Curry is originally from India, yet the music you hear are mostly baroque. Why? Because the curry served at this restaurant is what Japanese people call "European style," meaning the dishes are made in the same manner curry is prepared in Europa. Japanese people compare Japanese style curry with European style, and of course, with original Indian style curry. Japanese style is made with a mixture of flour and curry powder, creating starchy texture. And what I can explain with little knowledge I have is that, in Europe, curry powder is mixed with stew and the result is the rich juicy flavor of meat. My wife who regularly goes to cooking a school told me that the major difference between European style curry and Japanese style is in the use of demiglace sauce. The sauce is added in the former dish, and not used in the later.
Bar counter with wide selection of wines & local awamori spirits
Garnishes: Fukujinzuke (red), minced pickles (green), pickled shallots (white)
(Clockwise) chicken curry, lassi, coleslaw, pineapples in syrup, and rice.
(Clockwise), seafood curry, lassi, coleslaw, pineapples in syrup, and rice.
What makes the curry served here different from the curry served in other eateries in Nago is the demiglace sauce, which, by definition, makes the curry what Japanese people call Ohfoo style (European style). You can order without side dishes with price range of 950JPY - 1,100JPY.
Opens 11:00AM - 11:30PM. Closed on Tuesdays.