Tokyo Cafe is located on Buddha Marg, opposite Hotel Lotus Nikko Kushinagar. The restaurant's small building may look alright from afar but once you get inside, you will find that the only thing Japanese about this little cafe is its name. The menu is all local Indo-Chinese fare. I say Indo-Chinese because they do have Indian food and also the so called Chinese food which is the same Indianized Chinese rice & noodles that are prepared in millions of small restaurants and roadside eateries all across India. Tokyo Cafe looks even less likely to be able to serve good Chinese food because the restaurant's interior fails to inspire any trust. The kitchen is dubious, located behind a dark curtain that covers the entire back wall. I am not happy writing this kind of review for Tokyo Cafe because the family that owns and runs this place are really nice people. All cooking and maintenance is done by different members of the family without any professional help. Their enthusiasm is commendable. But they just don't have the professional expertise that is needed to operate an eating joint. Tokyo Cafe's floor, the furniture and the tin roof only manage to give an appearance to the restaurant that can be called "shabby" at best. In comparison, Yama Cafe, a few hundred yards away looks like a deluxe restaurant. But to be fair to Tokyo Cafe, their menu is bigger than Yama and the prices are lower. Keep reading...
|Tokyo Cafe Buddha Marg Kushinagar|
|Tokyo Cafe Buddha Marg Kushinagar Interior|
Coming to the menu, all the food in Tokyo Cafe is vegetarian except for a few preparations with eggs. There is no meat of any kind. The economy meals that Tokyo Cafe has on the menu are good news for someone looking for cheap food. There is a Chapati and curry set (INR 40), a Thali (Combo Set Meal, INR 100), noodles or rice - full / half serving (INR 60 / 35), Paneer Butter Masala (INR 75), Grilled Vegetable Sandwich (INR 40) and a Milk Tea (INR 8).
|Tokyo Cafe on Buddha Marg Kushinagar|
In spite of the gloomy outlook, the Indian food that they prepared for me was not so bad, except that I would have liked a lot less fat in my Paneer Butter Masala. The Chapati was ok. If only they could work on the decor of the place! I would really like to see the owners of Tokyo Cafe learning a few quick lessons in restaurant management so that their enthusiasm does not go waste. In the meantime, let us eat in Yama Cafe.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|