If you’re looking for a decent halal meal in Nagoya you’ll be mostly restricted to curry or kebabs. But British expat Rajib Ali has added a little variety to the landscape by opening a 100 percent halal-chili restaurant.

Although there are just three mains on the regular menu at Om Nom Nom — chili con carne, pita bread stuffed with chili and a chilidog — customers are given the choice of two free toppings and can add additional ones for just an extra ¥50 each. These toppings include guacamole, salsa and sour cream, all of which are handmade in the restaurant, along with (among other things) cheese, olives, jalapenos or corn — there is something for everyone. The chili itself is not insanely spicy, and a selection of hot sauces, ranging from tongue-tinglers to knock-socks-offers, are free to use.

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