Exotic Asian taste near Hardy Barracks
Located just a five-minute walk from Hardy Barracks, Guras is a Thai-Indian-Nepali-Asian restaurant offering tasty cuisine for curry lovers.
Since opening four years ago, I have often frequented the restaurant during lunch for its tasty and less expensive curry sets.
Upon entering the bright orange-yellow façade with menu signboards, national flags of Nepal, India and Thailand, I am always welcomed by manager, Bishnu Prasad Sapkota. The well-stocked bar, along with the green walls and pictures of the Nepal landscape, adds an exotic feel to the cozy and relatively spacious interior. Six tables and a counter bar can accommodate 30.
Named after national flower of Nepal, Guras boasts authentic tastes from Sapkota’s homeland. Besides its signature Nepalese curry dishes, it also offers various other Asian dishes, such as Thai tom yum goong soup and Vietnamese pho noodles.
During lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), the restaurant offers 13 curry lunch sets ranging from dal (lentils), vegetable, keema (minced meat), chicken and mutton, to seafood and Thai green curry for reasonable prices. There are curry sets that come with dessert or beer, as well. The sets are complimented with salad, fresh springy naan and a “lassi” (traditional Nepal drink made from yogurt) or another soft drink.
If you are one of the first to the restaurant, Sapkota may recommend you order the butter chicken curry set for 890 yen ($8).
I enjoy the Nepal curry, as it has a deeper and richer taste and a milder finish than typical Indian curry. The roasted chicken in the butter-based curry was very juicy and tender and would likely appeal even to those who aren’t big fans of curry.
As dishes can be ordered with varying levels of spiciness to meet individual tastes hotness – spicy, middle or mild - I always order my lunch set spicy.
The large naan is crispy yet springy and served piping hot, and fortunately, you can order another naan for free.
English speakers can dine with ease as the menus are in both Japanese and English; the staff are bilingual as well. I’ll often run into Americans from Hardy Barracks out to lunch.
So, if you are looking for exotic taste of Asian cuisines around Hardy Barracks, I’d recommend trying Guras.