Roopali

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Wakakusacho (at near Hiroshima Eki train station), Hiroshima, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has vegetarian dishes from very mildly spicy to spicy. Address 広島市東区若草町14−32. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, International, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by iokan

Roopali - Edit

i found myself, very hungry, at hiroshima train station close to 9 pm after a day trip and decided to give this indian restaurant a try. it involved a bit of a detour as i'd overshot the sheraton and crossed futaba dori into the next building, which was littered with lots of restaurants.

on arrival at roopali, i was asked in japanese and later english whether i preferred a smoking or non-smoking area. there were two groups when i entered, and another couple who arrived later on. still, it's a small, cosy place and you won't feel odd dining alone even for a weekend dinner.

i'd initially thought of ordering the thaali as i was famished by then but decided to have a garlic naan and aloo palak (potato and spinach) curry and order more later if still hungry. the waiter said that this would be enough for one person. true enough, the naan was humongous. the thaali would probably have been overkill.

when ordering, i told the waiter "no ghee", which he didn't seem to understand, but he readily understood "no butter" (which i overheard him conveying to the kitchen staff). i was asked whether i wanted the meal spicy or not.

i was stuffed by the end of the meal (1270 yen).

[if you're craving indian food nearer the city centre, i noticed another indian restaurant along hondori http://ganeshindo.com/en/]

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-28

Pros: near hiroshima train station, vegan options, friendly staff, generous naan portions

Cons: would be great if veg*n options could be marked

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Awesome Indian food in Hiroshima - Edit

This completely smoke free Indian restaurant located around the North side of the station is awesome. As you would expect, it serves meat dishes as well as a bunch of veggie dishes. And HUGE naan bread!! Give this place a go if you’re in the area.

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Good Indian - Edit

This was the first place I visited in Hiroshima, which was a very short walk from the station. Plenty of space and seats in the restaurant. The staff were welcoming and helpful when it came to knowing vegan options. I believe there were 4 vegan curries to choose from, including aloo palak (spinach and potato), chana masala, mixed vegetable and eggplant/potato. They were all excellent. The naan and roti they serve are huge huge (not just Japan huge). I think the naan wasn't available vegan, but they changed it to a vegan roti for the dinner set, which was very kind. The only downside was that they served Japanese rice as opposed to basmati, but that's very understandable given the regulations on rice in Japan.

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Great food - Edit

First went there for a late lunch, but unfortunately they were closed. The hours said lunch until 15 and dinner from 17. Went there the day after for an early dinner, only two costumers at the time. I talked to the staff after I had read about people saying they might not understand veganism and dairy free etc. to me they were very understanding and told me exactly the ingredients going into the foods I asked about and said the curries could be made vegan no problem after we quietly clarified with them what that meant. I got the vegetarian thali which consisted of naan bread which they made especially for me, papadum, two different curries I choose vegetable and Chana msala, a small salad, some rice and a soft drink where I chose lichi juice. They also ask you to choose a spicy level for your curry. I though everything was delicious and my meat eating family also loved it. Wish we would have had the chance to go there more than once.

Pros: Can veganise almost everything on the menu, Big portions , Sweet staff

Cons: Allows smoking, Forgot about our drinks

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Great food and excellent value - Edit

Quite near to Hiroshima station and easy to find. Good level of English spoken. Understood different dietary needs. Generous portions and very tasty food. Would go there again without a doubt.

Pros: Generous portion size, Good value, Easy to find

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Good food, just make sure you know what is vegan - Edit

Decent portions of food, and it is pretty good. However, the person we talked to when ordering seemed confused about what was and wasn't vegan on the menu (he said some of the curries were ok although it says that the curries are made with dairy right on the menu), but once we worked out amongst ourselves what was definitely vegan we ordered and what we got (samosas, pakoras, kulcha) was tasty. The soy milk mango lassi was excellent!

Pros: good portions, very nice people who work there

Cons: They allow smoking in the restaurant, so I was cou, They don't seem super confident about what is/isn'

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Best food in Japan - Edit

Great vegetarian food.
Biggest naan bread I've eaten.
Vegan options available.
Great staff, english speaking.
Go during lunch for kickass lunch offers, 1030 or 1300¥ to feel completely stuffed, a feeling not commonly recognized in Japan.
1800¥ for the full dinner option. Curry, naan, rice, papadum, salad, samosas, salad and a soft drink (mango juice, soymilk lassie et.c.)

Pros: Not japanese food., No more noodles, Finally some tasty diversity.

Cons: Japanese rice.

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Roopa-likey - Edit

A nice Indian place really close to the train station (and our hostel) which was very busy but accommodating! The food was tasty but lacked in some ingredients. We got the curry vegetables and eggplant and potato curry - both of which consisted of mostly potato, but also I love potato and the sauce was delicious. The naan is huge and amazing!

Unfortunately we found a piece of chicken in one of our dishes, which was a bit of a bummer, but we're sure it doesn't happen often!

The staff were lovely and helpful! Menu in English and loads of dishes to choose from!

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Good Indian food - Edit

Had an hour to find lunch before the next train left, walked here from the station, ordered food and ate it and were back to our train in good time!

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good food, friendly staff - Edit

This is one of the better indian restaurants we tried during our Japan trip. Staff speaks english very well. Food is very nice. Their small naan is huge. It is located on the back of the train station, to the right, a few hundreds of meters away.

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Great vegan food... Opening hours - Edit

It is no problem to order vegan food. It was delicious. The staff is very friendly. The opening hours are daily 11am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10pm. It is very close to Hiroshima train station, shinkansen exit, then turn right on main road.

Pros: Different vegan and vegetarian options

Cons: Moderate

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Great vegetarian curry set! - Edit

Located near JR Hiroshima station, Shinkansen exit (super express train) go toward right to Sheraton hotel on big avenue and in about 1 min walk you'll find there. The staff can speak Engilsh and understands well the vegetarian needs. Curry was so good, great to go when visiting Atomic bomb site and museum.

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Every day please - Edit

Which restaurant do you choose? The one that has the most local customers or the one that looks the nicest? If you go for the second option, Roopali may not be your first choice. It is on a side street, far from the city centre but very close to Hiroshima station (less than a minute walk). From the outside Roopali doesn't look special or attractive.

Once inside the place is much busier than other Indian restaurants in the city. The waitress handed me an English menu without asking and was keen to explain the differences between the various dishes.

I ordered the vegetarian menu which consists of soup, papadum, two small curries, nan, a salad, rice, dessert and a drink. It's up to the customer to select the two curries in the vegetarian menu. The vegetarian curries are clearly marked and there's even a picture of each dish.

When the meal was served I thought it would be way too much, but it was all so delicious that I cleaned out each and every bowl. One can choose from five levels of spiciness, I opted for the "little hot" which offers all the taste but doesn't set the mouth on fire. The variety of the meals, the ingredients used, the spices, the portions, the service were all great. The only modest thing was the price. So if I could, I'd eat here everyday (or at least for the time I'm in Hiroshima).

Pros: taste, friendly staff, fair prices

Cons: no biryani on the menu (anymore)

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