Higashi-Nakano: Middle Eastern
Pao (Higashi-Nakano: Middle Eastern)
Open 6pm-midnight (LO 10:45). Closed Mondays.
Sun: Open Sundays

We love it when restaurants improve with age, and the food at Pao has gotten noticeably better over time. It was always a fun destination - you sit on thick carpets at tiny tables while listening to great music from Afghanistan and environs - and it attracts a young and hip crowd. The menu focuses on the cuisines of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan - the area around Peshawar to be exact - and native chefs prepare excellent kebabs, lamb dishes, and a variety of spicy stews (called karahi). The grilled haloumi, garlicky stir-fried lettuce and grilled tomatoes make nice starters.

Nakano-ku, Higashi-Nakano 2-25-6.
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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended