A-san, M-san, and we met at Osaka Station at around 10:15 AM to go to Sannomiya in Kobe by catching JR Tokaido Sanyo Line. It was 20 minutes ride by a Rapid Express from Osaka to Sannomiya.
Sannomiya is quite a large station for highly populated areas, and the streetscape full of eateries, shops, and other entertainment places suggests that. To go to Kusum, we have to march up to halfway up the hill for about 10 minutes.
Kusum Indian Restaurant
However, as we approached the restaurant, a shocking fact fell upon us. S-san, who lived in Kobe and invited us to dine with her and reached much earlier than us, informed A-san on the phone that the restaurant remained closed even after the opening time of 11 AM. By the time of uniting altogether, we all were hungry and immediately started searching the "plan B."
Shortly after, a ban pulled up in front of us, carrying an entire Indian family, from a school-age girl to a grandmother. They are the heroes and chefs/management members of the restaurant!
The pure vegetarian restaurant Kusum does not have a menu; it depends on the availability of that day except for nashta. That day we were served a glass of water, shredded cabbage salad, two samosa, aloo matar, paneer masala, plain dal, chapati (oh no, phulka!,) Indian rice, and chai. The price is jaw-dropping 1,000 yen and moreover, it's all you can eat style of unlimited serving place.
Everyone working in the restaurant is not so friendly nor talkative, but for me, it is just fine.
The snack (nashta) menu also looks attractive.
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