Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

This big sign makes it pretty easy to spot

Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

And here's the entrance

Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

My coconut nan bread

Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

There's lots of wood, and colorful prints and hangings

Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

One of the fun decorative prints

Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

My lychee orange cocktail

Aomori, Hachinohe, Food, Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

This big sign makes it pretty easy to spot

If you're looking for somewhere to eat and drink in Hachinohe, then on the southern side of the town there's a compact little grid of streets with scores of cafes and restaurants, so many that it can be hard to choose. If you like Indian food, though, a good choice is Pokhara, on a narrow side street across from the central post office just off the main north-south road, where you can enjoy tasty and inexpensive curries in a reasonably authentic atmosphere.

The interior is enjoyably atmospheric, with dim lighting, simple wooden furnishings and warm, deep colors, but I'd have preferred Indian music to the incongruous, generic hip-hop that was playing. The tables are screened from each other by hanging drapes, which is a fun, original touch, but in another slight compromise to business, the Ganesh hangings and Buddhist prints on the walls are rubbing shoulders with posters advertising beer and Jinro, one of them featuring the ugly mugs of some Manchester United players.

I went for a hot saag (spinach) chicken and a coconut nan bread, which turned out to be a good choice. The curry was very tasty, with tender meat in a smooth, slightly sharp sauce, and much less greasy than a lot of others I've had. The texture of the nan was firm but slightly moist, a little crispy in spots, with the coconut strong enough to taste but not too much so. To drink I had a couple of lychee and orange cocktails, which were sweet and refreshing, and they hadn't skimped on the liqueur.

Despite sporting English headings, the menu is only in Japanese, but makes up for it with the broad range available, and some of the staff can speak English and help decipher. ¥500 curries include butter chicken, chicken tikka masala and keema masala, and you can choose to have them medium, hot or very hot. There are a number of vegetarian options, among them vegetable curry, dhal and saag cheese, and there's a selection of ¥600 biryani dishes such as chicken, mutton or vegetable. As well as my coconut, ¥400 nan choices include butter, cheese and tandoori paratha.

The drink menu is no less extensive, priced across the board at ¥500. There's a huge selection of cocktails, beers include Asahi, Heineken, Singha and Tsingtao, and there are also some strong, sweet Chinese liqueurs of the kind which assist the digestion, with flavors such as plum, lychee and apple. These are just the thing for sipping gently as you wind down after your meal, before you head home contented and full.


NEWS RELATED

Akita to Aomori by Resort Shirakami

The train pulls into Akita Station on winter's day. Extra large viewing windows line the sides of the train. Even the regular class seats feature great views and spacious walkways with plenty of leg room. Separate booths are also available for those who desire more privacy. Rural village scenery. Great…

Read more: Akita to Aomori by Resort Shirakami

A Stroll Along Aomori Bay

The A-shaped Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center ASPAM The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum Memorial Ship Hakkoda-Maru The A-Factory, underneath Aomori Bay Bridge Lines of local market produce inside the A-Factory Amazing Nebuta Festival floats in Wa rasse Nebuta Museum Aomori City, the capital of the Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan, faces Mutsu…

Read more: A Stroll Along Aomori Bay

Aji no Sapporo Onishi: Curry Ramen

Serving up one of Aomori's more modern soul foods, Aji no Sapporo Onishi offers up a unique ramen dish unlike any other – Miso Curry Milk Ramen. While soy sauce / niboshi (dried sardine) ramen typically dominates up in the Aomori region, owner Onishi-san provides a twist on the familiar…

Read more: Aji no Sapporo Onishi: Curry Ramen

Anzu Izakaya in Hirosaki

Apple juice, pickles, kaiyakimiso The jamisen player gets ready to start his performance Lanterns The atmospheric interior Cider and Hirosaki Igamenchi Sake cups and glasses When I arrived in Hirosaki, one of the things I found at the tourist office was a little leaflet called 'Eight local culinary specialties', with…

Read more: Anzu Izakaya in Hirosaki

Aomori Airport

Snowy Aomori Airport Baggage Claim Area The airport puts you in close proximity to all that Aomori City has to offer Aomori Prefecture sits at the very top of Honshu, Japan's largest island. The prefecture is accessible from Tokyo via the Hayabusa Shinaksen, with the journey taking around three hours…

Read more: Aomori Airport

JR East Aomori Station

There are beautiful views from the overhead walkway JR East Aomori Station Clear signage and information boards making visiting this station a breeze Each platform is nice and wide ensuring you can transfer or exit easily A large overhead walkway connects to all platforms There are kiosks throughout the station…

Read more: JR East Aomori Station

Aomori AUGA Building

Right outside Aomori station, it’s AGUA! Inside the top floor public library. A clock chime in a common study and lounge area. Right outside Aomori station, it’s AGUA! (Photo: wikipedia creative commons) Step outside Aomori station and you are surrounded by attractions. The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum, the Hakkoda Memorial…

Read more: Aomori AUGA Building

Cafe Tube Lane, Hirosaki

My nasi goreng and violet apple The funky sign that first caught my eye My soup and salad on their wooden platter The view from my table Low couches and tables for chilling at 50s style Fashion and stuff adorning the walls My nasi goreng and violet apple Looking for…

Read more: Cafe Tube Lane, Hirosaki

Hacchi Portal Museum, Hachinohe

Hasshoku Ramen Festival

Hirosaki Station

JR East Hachinohe Station

JR East Shin-Aomori Station

Lemon Cafe, Hirosaki

Nokkedon Fish Market

Visit Hirosaki Apple Park