I somehow love being at the airport! I miss my previous job when I went to the airport so often. Anyway, I had a chance to go to Narita International Airport last month, and I went to try the new halal Japanese curry restaurant in terminal 2, so here’s the report about that.
The restaurant is called La Toque and is located on the 4F in Narita Airport T2. It reopened as a halal Japanese curry restaurant last December. Its kitchen is certified by Japan Halal Association, all the ingredients used in the menu are halal, and to make it perfectly halal, they serve no alcoholic drinks.
Actually, the kitchen had already been halal certified by MUIS (The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) from Singapore even before its reopening.
Besides curry rice, they also serve curry udon, omurice (fried rice covered with omelette) and curry doria (like a gratin with rice), all of which are popular Japanese yoshoku. Yoshoku literally means “western food” but it refers to “Western-influenced Japanese dishes.”
I ordered the curry rice with a big chicken cutlet, which was their top seller, and my mom ordered curry udon with root vegetables. They were both delicious! The cutlet was crispy and the curry was not too thick. The soup of the curry udon was also nice with the a bit of vegetable flavor. I can proudly introduce these curry dishes to my foreign friends as Japanese food!
I thought it’s a perfect idea to make a halal Japanese curry restaurant in the airport. Curry is an international food that many people are familiar with yet Japanese curry is different from any other curries from Southwest Asia and Southeast Asia. With this kind of good restaurant and a prayer room, I would say Narita Airport is muslim friendly.