VeganMoFo 2019: Roopal, Hiroshima

I’ve probably eaten more Indian food in Japan than I ever have in my four years in the Czech Republic – when vegan options were scarce, we could always count on an Indian eatery to adapt something for us. Hiroshima was the last destination on our adventure before heading back to Tokyo for the return flight, and we arrived feeling tired and hungry. Roopal was just a short walk from the station, so we decided to give it a whirl.

The menu states that all dishes are made with dairy, but the staff assured us that any of their vegetable dishes could be served vegan, which matched what the Happy Cow reviews told us. So we went for it! We started with samosas, obviously. The pastry was insanely good, but it was all a little bit too salty, which was a shame.

I ordered the potato and aubergine curry, and was not expecting something so saucy! The veg was really tender, and the sauce was good and flavoursome. I ordered it mild and it was absolutely perfect for me.

Dr HH, you will not be surprised to hear, ordered the chana masala. He liked it, but again, it was too salty.

Happily, both dishes came with a very generous helping of bread. We were not expecting two rotis per serving, but it was the best kind of surprise.

It was a good, solid meal, but we were disappointed that it was full of smokers. Sitting in the non-smoking section did not do very much to protect us from the fumes.

Is smoking in restaurants still a thing where you are? Surely it must be almost over now!

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4 Responses to VeganMoFo 2019: Roopal, Hiroshima

  1. plumesworld says:

    I don’t think I saw any smoking in the restaurants I visited in Japan. I’ve seen it a lot in Greece and Turkey but many of their restaurants are semi open air.

    • Jenny says:

      We didn’t see it at all in Tokyo, but then in Osaka and Hiroshima it seemed really common (or we just chose our eateries poorly!). I hate it in Europe when the outdoor seating is full of smokers!

  2. Smoking is illegal in restaurants here, so that would be a hard thing for me to adjust to!

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