During the long, uncertain months of the pandemic, curry has cemented its place as Tokyo’s primary go-to comfort food. But it’s not just home-grown versions of curry-rice or soup curry that are in demand: There’s a growing number of chefs offering spice-driven meals that draw their inspiration directly from the original wellspring of South Asia.

Look no further than Adi, a brilliant little Nepalese restaurant that opened last year in Nakameguro. Owner-chef Kanchan Adhikari originally came to Tokyo to study business and, after graduating, decided to open a place serving the kind of home cooking he grew up eating.

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