Bright New Indian Kitchen
Parkash, Hindu for “bright”, is a perfect description of this distinctive new star in Fukuoka’s ethnic restaurant scene. At this tiny understated diner one truly feels the personal touch of Nepalese owner-chef Kandel l and his team. Kandel trained in New Delhi and worked in Kobe kitchens for several years, in addition to four more years in Fukuoka. His next step was to launch Parkash on a quiet side street north of Showa-dori, just five minutes on foot from Oyafuko-dori.
The menu is an exhaustive compilation of Northern Indian favorites, including 37 different curries, 15 varieties of nan, a dozen Tandoori items, kababs, biryanis and fried snacks, as well as desserts. Can’t decide? Try a dinner set. They start at 1,200 yen but, if you’re with a friend, share the Premi Set (4,500 yen) for a grand tour of the menu. Kandel cooks with over 40 spices and can adjust the “heat” from mild to fiery. Lassi, chai, three varieties of Indian beers, and Indian whisky complement any meal nicely. Vegetarian options, Nepalese dishes, lunch sets, take-out and, yes, two free parking spots make Parkash the ethnic hot spot to check out!
3-3-1 Takamiya, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 11:00~23:00 (Mon. to Fri. closed 15:00~17:00)
Prices: Vegetarian set 1,780 yen, Paneer (homemade cheese) Nan 500 yen, Vegetable Biryani 850 yen, Masala Chai 350 yen, Taj Mahal Beer 500 yen.