Indian Restaurant Rotti インドレストランロッティ
Living in rural Ishikawa may mean that you don’t have international cuisine in your town, but a trip to Kanazawa can remedy this. When I first moved to Ishikawa, my sempai took me to Rotti, an Indian restaurant. It’s a rather small place by American standards, but it has a good atmosphere and excellent food. I am a particular fan of saag, a spinach-based dish, and saag paneer, which is saag with cheese. I can never seem to find those dishes in Indian restaurants in my hometown, so I was ecstatic to see them on the menu.
I ordered a “ladies’ set,” which includes a curry, a small salad, a piece of tandoori chicken, nan, and a soft drink or dessert, for ￥1400. This seems to be the cheapest option, and you can really split one ladies’ set between two people. If you order regular nan, you get a huge piece the size of an Western dinner plate. I special-ordered my set with kandbari nan, which is nan filled with almond paste and cherries, which cost me an extra ￥300. It’s delicious on its own, but it is to die for when dipped in saag paneer. The mango juice there is also quite good.
You can also get just tandoori chicken for around ￥1000 or buy a curry plate for around ￥1700. Most of the curries are available with or without meat, so vegetarians have lots of options, too. In addition, you can select the level of spiciness: 甘、普通、中辛、激辛and インド辛い: sweet, regular, medium hot, extremely hot, and “Indian style.” The medium level was fine for me—not too spicy by my standards. The next time I was in town, I tried the 大辛, but that was a little too spicy and had me calling the waiter over every ten minutes for water.
The menu is in English and Japanese, so you should be able to find your favorites easily.
Rotti is located at
石川県金沢市鞍月５丁目９２ (Ishikawa-ken, Kanazawa-shi, Kuratsuki 5-chome 92)
Located on behind Kanazawa BeanS on the Kencho Road. By bus, get off at the 県庁 (Kenchou) and walk about 10 minutes along the road in front of the Kenchou offices; the restaurant is behind Kanazawa BeanS. Free parking for cars, too.
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and will be ordering the saag paneer and kandhari naan.