Take a short jaunt to Southern India from inside Naka-Meguro

Authentic South Indian Cuisine Sri Balaj

南インド料理 シリ バラジ
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Reproducing the healthy flavours of Southern India
with spices imported direct from the source

Catch a glimpse of the profound world of spices

About a ten minute walk down the main road from Naka-Meguro Station, you will find a restaurant sign that truly catches the eye. This is Sri Balaji.

A single step inside the door plunges you into a colourful pink paradise even more eye-catching than the sign outside.

Perhaps this pink flair is one way the chef reproduces Indian culture in Japan.

When people think of Indian cuisine, they often think of the curry, naan, and tandoori chicken of Northern India.

But Southern Indian cuisine tends to be more vegetarian in nature with a focus on beans, vegetables and rice. It is less greasy and lightly spiced, making it easier to digest. This explains why the restaurant's lunch is so popular among female diners.

One of Sri Balaji's staple dishes is their dosa. In Southern India, dosa is much more popular than naan. Here, the crepe-like batter is shaped into a perfect cone from which arises the subtle aroma of beans.

It takes a long time to make. Rice and beans are steeped in water for two days, then using a mixer imported from India, the mixture is made into a paste. That is left for another six hours to ferment before it is cooked.

It comes with three types of chutney (coconut, tomato, and mint) and a serving of sambhar (vegetable curry) providing a symphony of flavours to try.

For your main dish, try one of the smooth, Southern Indian style curries. Try the tart but sweet avial curry, made by stewing vegetables in yoghurt, giving it the texture of coconut and a spicy aroma. This is food as it would be served at home in Southern India - lightly spiced, perfectly flavoured, and made with loving care.

After dinner, have some mango kulcha and chai tea. Pouring the tea from an arm stretched high helps cool it down and gives it a smoother taste.

Come to Sri Balaji and discover the world of genuine Southern Indian cuisine.

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Chef Profile

Karunanithy ShankarKarunanithy Shankar

Born in Chennai, India, 1977.
Studied numerous styles of Indian cuisine before coming to Japan in 2010 and becoming chef at Sri Balaji.

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Interview

Where does the name of the restaurant come from?
Sri Balaji is the name of a Southern Indian god of money. When you go to a temple and pray, you receive his blessing.

I chose this name because I wanted customers to be happy when they visit the restaurant.
How difficult is it to spread the word about Southern Indian cuisine?
In Japan, people think Northern Indian food and Southern Indian food is the same. It's difficult to get people to understand the difference.

Northern India uses lots of fat and butter, and bread is the staple food. Southern India is completely different, using lots of beans and vegetables, with rice as the staple. One of the characteristics of Southern Indian cuisine is that it uses healthy ingredients.
Are you interested in Japanese culture?
I'm interested in Japanese food culture. I like Japanese food, and often go out for ramen.

I also make Japanese curry with potatoes and carrots at home so I can learn the difference between it and Indian curries.

Restaurant Info

Restaurant NameAuthentic South Indian Cuisine Sri Balaj
南インド料理 シリ バラジ
AreaNakameguro/Daikanyama/Ebisu
CuisineOther Cuisines
Reservation Contact Number

+81-50-1705-8288

(Available in English)

Opening day14th April, 2008
Hours of Operation Lunch:11:00~15:00
Dinner:From 17:00 (Last order 22:30)
Closed Irregular Holidays
Budget
Lunch:¥1,000~
Dinner:¥2,500~
Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Amex, Diners Club)

*Credit cards accepted on orders over \1,000

Service charge-
AtmosphereQuiet
Children Permitted
Websitehttp://sri-balaji.com/
Seating/Facilities
Capacity 35 seats
Seat area

Sofa seating available

Private party Available

*For parties of 25 or more

Smoking Smoking permitted in entire restaurant
Services
ReceptionistReceptions/Business Dinners
Vegetarian Possible
Foreign Language Menu Available
Foreign Language Speaking Staff Available
Halal Food Possible

Address 2-7-14, Naka-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-0061
Phone Number

+81-3-5724-8995

(Available in English)

Access■10 minutes walk from Naka-meguro St. on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Tokyu Toyoko lines.
■15 minutes walk from Ebisu St. on the JR and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines.
■15 minutes walk from Ebisu St. on the JR and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines.
LunchWeekday lunch buffet¥1,000(税込)
Available wines

Approx. 3 types

Available Cocktails

Approx. 5 types

Available whiskies

Approx. 3 types

Available beers

Approx. 4 types

Drink Carry-out Permitted
Beer Kingfisher ¥700

Restaurant Interior