Naan, Desu Ka?
Tonight, I went to an Indian Restaurant called Namaskar. I've been there several times before, but this is the first time I've been there that hasn't been in the company of 20 drunken foreigners celebrating something.
Good old DJ Mark Saito is in town to complete (start) packing for his forthcoming move to Tokyo with his betrothed. He's completed his sojourn in Chiba and has done something amazing. He's actually found an apartment with NO key money that will be held for him while he goes on his honeymoon. (Key money is this racket that landlords have going in this country, where you give them tons of money for no reason other than allowing them to let you rent their hovel. This is over and above the 2-3 months rent that you also have to dish out before you can move in!)
He's also landed a job in Shibuya as a supervisor/ co-ordinator and as a lackey for the Suits in Corporate-Aeon! Add to that, he's going to Oregon to marry lovely Yuko and then honeymoon in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Not bad for a guy who one month ago was borderline homeless, jobless and spineless.
Back to Namaskar. Great food, great atmosphere, run by a really nice guy and reasonably priced. I highly recommend fighting the hordes of hungover gaijin for their Sunday brunch.
Only word of warning: Don't offer peanuts to their Multi-armed Elephant god. It's insulting to the owner.
Location: TK Bldg-B1, 2-2-11 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai (022)222-7701. They have a location in Tokyo as well and for more info check out their website at: Namaskar.
ps. This posting title refers to 何ですか? nan desu ka = what is it. ナーンですか? naan desu ka? = is it naan?