Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi ()

Located in the busy shopping and restaurant district in front of Sobudai-mae Station, Roti Boti is a popular Indian restaurant that serves up authentic northern Indian dishes.

Upon entering the restaurant through a heavy wooden door, the interior was cozy and relatively spacious with a large window from which I could look down on the busy shopping district.

As a first-timer, they recommended I sample one of various lunch sets available from 680 yen to 1,300 yen ($6.30 to $12). I went with the Roti Lunch set for 1,050 yen, which gave me great chance to sample authentic Indian taste with two curries (chicken masala and vegetable), samosa (fried potato), chicken tikka (spicy baked chicken), salad, soup, naan, saffron rice, and tapioca mango juice.

Dishes can be ordered with varying levels of spiciness – very spicy, spicy, middle, mild or very mild. I opted for the very spicy.

A delicious mix of different spices and flavors were packed in a gorgeous plate. The lunch set may as well have been a full coursed cuisine with fresh springy naan and complimentary soft drink.

Both of the curries were tasty with a ricer taste and a milder finish than typical Indian curry. The roasted chicken in the masala curry was some of the most tender I have ever had; it practically melted in my mouth. The vegetable curry contained various seasonal vegetables, and silken-like curry that would likely appeal even to someone who is not a big vegetable fan.

The chicken tikka – chunks of boneless chicken marinated in spices and yogurt, and baked in a tandoori oven - was exquisitely flavorful with a tender yet meaty texture.

Roti Boti boasts authentic tastes from its homeland. A staffer says their Indian cooks use more than 50 different spices from the mountains of India to cook their dishes.

For a tasty and non-expensive Indian restaurant near Camp Zama, check out Roti Boti. The restaurant has English menus and the staff is bilingual.

Things to Know

Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 - 11 p.m. Address: 1-25-2 [2F] Sobudai, Minami-ku, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Pref. Website TEL: 046-240-6804

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