Curry seems to be everywhere in Japan. From ready-made packets at convenience stores to hotel restaurants and everywhere in between the tremendously popular Japanese style curry is often somewhere on the menu. Although a delicious option wherever you go there are times when cravings for more traditional and complex flavors take over. Times like this call for Indian style curry like the kind you can find at Ganesh Indian Restaurant.
Conveniently located on Nakadori, a covered shopping plaza only about 5 minutes walk from JR Iwakuni Station, you will find one of the many Ganesh Indian Restaurant locations. Although the restaurant is marked with a colorful sign and menu display the first thing likely to catch your attention is the wonderful smell of herbs and spices. After a few minutes glancing over the menu it can be hard to resist stopping in for lunch which is just what we did.
Once entering the restaurant it can be hard to overlook how cramped and crowded the it feels. For some people this can be an automatic turn-off and have you leaving before even being seated. Try not to let this deter you though. Just beyond the counter and register, which is admittedly tight, is the seating area which opens up enough for a comfortable dining experience.
As far as menu is concerned Ganesh Indian Restaurant does much more than curry and rice. Although they do offer a variety of curries they also have other delicious menu items such as kebab, samosa, pakoda, biriyani and much more. Menu items are also sold individually, as a single meal or as a family style set that feeds 2 or 3 people. On average the price per person is roughly ¥800 which although might sound slightly high is well worth it especially with the portion sizes.
On top of its variety of menu items, convenient location and affordable pricing Ganesh Indian Restaurant also offers fantastic customer service. Although we visited during the tail end of the afternoon rush the staff still managed to have us seated, order taken and served in record time. Our entire visit, start to finish, was only about 40 minutes total. This made it the perfect place to stop for a meal while exploring the local area as it didn’t take up a chunk of our afternoon like other restaurants might.
When all is said and done I think that Ganesh Indian Restaurant is a great place to check out. There are, however, some things you should take into consideration before you go. One of the first things to take into consideration is the limited seating at the Iwakuni branch of Ganesh Indian Restaurant. The website recommends that those planning on visiting during the weekend or public holidays make reservations. It may also be a good idea to make a reservation if you are planning on visiting with a group of more than 4 people. It is also important to keep in mind that although the menu does include English there are some items that are only in japanese. The lunch special menu, which appears outside with English but inside only has Japanese, is a good example of this. Regardless the staff is willing to assist if there is any confusion.
Ganesh Indian Restaurant located on Nakadori in Iwakuni is open during weekdays from 11:00 to 14:30 (last order) and17:00 to 21:30 (last order) as well as Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to 21:30 (last order). They accept cash and some credit cards. Takeout is also available.
Address: 3-13-26 Marifu Town, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Website (in Japanese) : http://ganeshindo.com