Lunch sets ¥1200 or ¥1300
- 3 Chome-22-8 Koenji-Kita, Suginami, Tokyo (Daiichi Ichiba Food Court)
- Distance from Station:
- 3 minutes on foot from JR Koenji Station, North Exit
- Lunch only, 11:30am - 2:30pm
- Japanese, English, and Bengali speaking staff available.
A Rare Tokyo Lunch: Halal Bangladeshi Cuisine
[published November 2019]
Torkari is situated appropriately in Koenji’s Daiichi Ichiba, an Asian food court. Here the warm atmosphere of Bangladesh can certainly be felt at this Halal-certified Bangladeshi Restaurant. Located a short walk from Koenji Station, this unique restaurant provides delicious food with some ingredients that are hard to find in Japan. With these Halal-certified ingredients, not only is the food mouth-watering and delicious, but also Muslims can eat here care-free.
Torkari’s menu consists of two main dishes, which are Bangladesh Homestyle Curry Set (1200 yen) and the Biryani Set (1300 yen), with a lot of choices for toppings and desserts to compliment the main dishes. They have English written on their menu and their friendly English speaking staff would gladly explain to you their dishes if this is your first time eating Bangladeshi cuisine. Even though they only have two main menu items, the composition of these varies daily. Served with freshly ground spices like black pepper and coriander, their authentic Bangladeshi rice and wonderful curry dishes are rich and very aromatic. Their menu will also fill your cravings for spicy food as they are not only originally spicy, but they also come with an additional special chili pepper that the owner recommends chomping on during your meal for more spice. Beware– it is so spicy you may shed tears, but it’s great for those who are up for the challenge!
Lastly, these set menus come in amazingly big portions, so it is common if a customer is not capable of finishing the food. So, just like how restaurants are in Bangladesh, they can pack your leftovers to take home for free, a service that is pretty rare in Japan! Just be aware that Torkari is only open for lunch, as the space is shared with the Mediterranean Restaurant, Whale, for dinner hours.