Kantipur serves widest selection of Indian. Nepali curries
Although curry and rice has almost a national dish status in Japan and has long been the absolute favorite of school children from kindergarten up, Indian curry is completely something else.
Restaurant Kantipur owner Kachhipat Shrestha Kabi came to Okinawa seven years ago from Nepal to study Japanese. When not busy with his books, he helped at his sister’s curry restaurant in Urasoe, and learned how to cook. One thing led to another, and he opened his own curry restaurant in March 2015.
“Kanti” means light and “pur” is a good place in Nepali. And for a curry lover, Kantipur definitely is a good place, as the menu consists of no less than 42 different curries, both Indian and Nepali varieties. All can be ordered at various degree of spiciness. Over 25 kinds of spices from Nepal and India are used in the dishes.
In addition to curries, the restaurant serves grill, tandoori, kebab sets and a variety of a la carte dishes and salads. Customers can choose from eight different naan breads, or have rice with their meal.
Owner Kachhipat Shrestha Kabi says “I wanted to open restaurant in Okinawa, which is my favorite part of Japan. I love the people and culture here.” He is fluent both in Japanese and English.
The restaurant is open every day for lunch from 11:30 to 15:00. The dinner hours are from 15:00 to 22:30. Reservations for group events are accepted, as well as advance calls for take-outs. Their telephone number is 098-879-7419.
The restaurant has parking for four cars in front. Parking for another six cars is behind the restaurant next to a pool bar. Kantipur is located in Ojana, up Route 34 from Highway 58 towards Maehara, in a bright orange building on the right side of the road. They are also on the facebook.