Halal Restaurant in Tokyo - Samrat Curry Plaza

Shibuya Halal Restaurant

For Muslim travelers visiting Japan, food is one of the main concerns and this article will talk about Halal restaurant in Tokyo, featuring Samrat Curry Plaza in Shibuya. Most Muslim travelers would prefer to find a proper Halal restaurant, and sometimes, it is not easy to find one. 

If you did not already know, there are over 50 Halal restaurants found all over Tokyo. All you need to do is find out where they are. And no, they are not located in one main area too. Most of them are well spread out in the different districts of Tokyo. 

During a visit to Tokyo in February 2017, I was introduced to a number of Halal restaurants in Tokyo, mainly at the commercial tourist areas. Having been to Tokyo multiple times in the last 20 years, I have pretty much seen how the food landscaped has changed to suit tourism. 

Restoran Halal di Tokyo
A sign showing the Halal logo on the main door
More importantly, the rise of Muslim travelers to Japan has also brought in a number of Halal restaurants and even food supply shops. A recent statistic shows that currently, there are over 100,000 Muslims living and working or studying in Japan. 

So, this article generally talks about the main area of Shibuya, which many Malaysians or Muslim travelers would visit on their trip to Tokyo. Shibuya is one of the most popular districts which offers an amazing choice for shopping, dining and entertainment. 

Halal Food in Tokyo - Samrat Curry Plaza

Samrat Curry Plaza is located on the ground floor at street level, therefore it is not hard to miss. Japanese call this place Samuratokarehausupuraza, which means Sam Rat Curry House Plaza, but said in Japanese. Funny right? 

Halal Food in Tokyo
Menu at Samrat Curry Plaza in Shibuya at the front of the restaurant and in English
The Halal restaurant gets really crowded during peak dining hours, especially with locals. But Muslim tourist are also often seen dining here as well. They offer seating up to 30 pax, and also cater to take aways. 

What is great about Samrat Curry Plaza is that they have a huge Halal logo on the main entrance door, and strangely next to a Corona Beer sign. This means, the outlet serves alcohol, by the bottle only, but is a Halal certified outlet. Confusing right? 

The Halal certification is issued by the Nippon Asia Halal Association of Japan and they probably see things differently, compared to Muslim countries. Again, Dubai is a Muslim nation, but beer is also sold there, just like in Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia. 

So to clear the confusion, Japanese customers would order beer by the bottle, as it is part of their dining custom. So no glasses are used for this. However, you can always check with the restaurant first before ordering, or you can buy a drink from the vending machine just outside the restaurant. 

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One of the dishes served at Samrat Curry Plaza in Shibuya (Photo from www.tabelog.com)
Samrat Restaurant Shibuya Menu

As for the menu, the great thing is that they have it in pictures and in English, plastered all over the main entrance. This means, you can see what is sold before going in to order your food. This is one of the issues faced by many travelers, not understanding text only menus. 

Because Samrat is an Indian style cuisine, you can expect the good old Naan and Curry in various meats. They offer chicken, mutton, seafood and dhal choices, which means vegetarians can also visit this halal restaurant in Shibuya. 

Apart from ala-carte, they offer set meals, which are quite a bargain. Prices start at ¥950 per set, and you can eat as much Naan and Rice as you like. For children, there are kids set priced at ¥750 which includes a soft drink. 

Samrat Curry Plaza
A Curry Set meal at Samrat Curry Plaza in Shibuya
A Biryani set will cost ¥1200 which comes with a salad and drink, and you can eat as much naan and rice as you want. You have the choice to choose what type of curry you want too. 

For side dishes, Samrat offers a decent selection of tandoori, kebab, samosa, spring rolls and salads. Prices are from ¥300 to ¥800 per side dish. 

Naan bread is also offered in choices of plain, butter, garlic and cheese with prices of ¥350 to ¥500 per naan. For the big eater, try the 2-curry or 3-curry set at ¥1000 and ¥1100 respectively, or the Deluxe Thali set at ¥1280. 

Samrat Curry House Plaza Address
12-12 Udagawacho Shibuya Tokyo
03-5728-1821 (+81-3-5728-1821)
Business hours: 11:00 AM to 05:00 AM
Price: Starting from ¥1000 to ¥2000 per person

Shibuya Samrat Curry Plaza
Samrat Curry Plaza, the signboard is obvious
If you are in the area and need to find a Halal restaurant in Shibuya, Samrat is one of the highly recommended places to visit. Again, if you don't mind the modern Halal style Japanese restaurants, this place provided a great meal. 

The shop is located along the main road of Inokashira Dori and facing a junction. From the famous Shibuya 109 Building, it is only a five minute walk, so just use Google Maps or Waze to find Samrat Restaurant Shibuya.

I also visited a Halal Ramen restaurant in Tokyo called Naritaya. It is located in the Asakusa area and just near the famous Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. Honestly, it is not bad at all. I had my speculations on this, but after trying it, it was actually quite nice. So, if you are looking for a Halal ramen, then this is one of the recommended places. 

For those who are visiting Tokyo on their own, you will be traveling around the metropolis to get to the popular places. The best way to explore Tokyo is by using the Tokyo Metro and its day passes as this saves you quite a bit of money if you move from district to district.  

If you have discovered other Halal restaurants in Tokyo, do share them with me as I would like to know how the experience was. Have a fantastic trip in Tokyo and travel safe. 

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