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Krishna, an exciting, new Indian restaurant

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2003-05-10

Those of you who enjoy Indian cooking will positively love Krishna, the newest Indian restaurant on Island. Krishna held it's grand opening nearly three weeks ago, but even though the restaurant is so new, it is already starting to become popular with locals and foreigners. It won't be long before all of Okinawa knows about this restaurant. Without a doubt, this place will be popular for years.

"Our food is very healthy and we use the maximum vegetables," says Rajesh Pushkarna, manager of Krishna. Krishna's team of workers put an effort into making healthy meals by adding fruits and vegetables to certain dishes to supplement the nutrients found in the main food item. For instance, if a dish is lacking vitamin C, the chefs add lemon to the mix to make sure each dish is as good for the body as possible. The chefs also know how and when certain spices are to be used to bring out the best taste possible. "It is important that the cook who specializes in spices knows how and when to use spices to get the taste right," says Rajesh. He has been in the Indian food business for over 19 years and has been cooking indian food for 15 years.

Krishna's dinner menu is packed full of different indian meals, curries, and breads. If you're looking to try something different and are getting tired of the usual "Western" style meals offered at many of Okinawa's restaurants, Krishna is the place for you. Their menu is so full of different Indian dishes, you could return time and time again and always have something new to try. For instance, the menu has five different kinds of chicken curry, three kinds of mutton curry, prawn curry, two kinds of fish curry, eight kinds of vegetable curry, three kinds of bean curry, five kinds of naan (fried bread), and five kinds of indian bread. The list goes on and on. Also, every menu item is very low priced in comparison to other Indian restaurants.

There are three different dinner sets available on the menu: Krishna set, Mugal set, and seafood set. The Krishna set costs 1500 and includes two kinds of vegetable curry, samasa, papad, and raita. The Mugal set costs 1800 and includes tandoori chicken, prawn curry, vegetable curry, and sheek kebab. The seafood set costs 1980 and includes tandoori prawn, fish pakora, and mix seafood curry. Each of these sets also comes with salad, naan or rice, a lassi or chai, and dessert.

You might be a little confused by the names of some of these dishes, so let me explain. Samasa is a vegetable patty with potato, spices, and green peas inside. This was a bit on the spicy side, but very, very delicious. Papad was the most unique item I tried during my visit. Papad is almost like a spicy Indian chip except for that it's made of grinded, sun-dried beans that have been flattened, mixed with spices, and baked to a crisp. Out of everything I tried at the restaurant, this was my favorite! Papad is also very delicious with beer. Speaking of beer, Krishna offers King Fisher, an Indian beer, for 550 per bottle.

Other recommendations are chicken biryani and vegetable biryani. Biryani is rice mixed with several kinds of vegetables or chicken. Another recommendation is the lassi! Lassi is a yogurt type drink. You can order a regular lassi or a mango lassi. Both were very tasty, but if you enjoy the flavor of mango, you should definitely try the mango lassi.

If you'd like to try Indian food but don't enjoy spicy food much, don't worry. The Krishna team will customize your meal to your individual tastes. "We sometimes change things for the Japanese people who don't like their food to be so spicy," says Rajesh. "We customize each meal to fit the tastes of every person. If you have certain tastes you want, just tell us. We can make our meals mild or spicy."

Everything I tried during my visit was perfectly seasoned and full of flavor. I personally love Indian food, and this place was a big hit for me! Drop by for a meal right away! This place will be very popular in no time, so beat the crowd! Krishna is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last order at 2:30 p.m. During their lunch hours, they have two sets available: the lunch set and the business lunch. The lunch set costs 850 and includes one curry, one drink, naan or rice, and salad. the business lunch costs 1100 and includes 1 curry, tandoori chicken, naan or rice, salad, and a drink. Krishna closes at 3 p.m., but they reopen for dinner at 6 p.m. During dinner hours, you can order one of the three combination dinners I mentioned above or you can order dishes individually from the menu. Krishna is open every day. Krishna sits on the third floor of the Plaza shopping center between Awase and Okinawa city, so the restaurant is very easy to find. Also, free parking is available in the basement.

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