Updated: July 24, 2019
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5 Must-try Japanese Curry Restaurants in Tokyo

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Japanese curry, unlike Indian or Thai curry, is very mild and has some starch in it to make it less runny. Japanese people enjoy eating it since childhood, and you hardly hear someone saying that they dislike curry. There are many places that you can try different kinds of Japanese curry in Tokyo, so enjoy the great variation of curry that Tokyo has to offer!

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TOMATO (トマト)

Tomato is a very popular curry restaurant in Ogikubo. It offers exquisite curries that are made with various spices which provide a rich and complex taste. The portions are pretty generous too. You should try their wagyu-beef curry! It's rich in umami, has pieces of really tender domestic beef, and has some cheese as a topping. Is this description making you hungry? The restaurant is at a 5-minute walk from Ogikubo station, a major neighbourhood on the Chuo line. Give it a try if you happen to be there. People usually spend from ¥2,000 to ¥3,000, which is a bit more expensive than the average curry house but still well worth it considering the quality.

camp (野菜を食べるカレー camp)

Do you love camping? Great! Then then you'll love this quirky camp-themed curry restaurant that serves curry in a pan with a shovel-shaped spoon. They are famous for their vegetable curry, and they use seasonal vegetables, so if you love vegetables you should definitely try it. Meat lovers don't worry, they serve curry that has bacon, beef and chicken too. The price range is around ¥800~1,000, which is very affordable.

The restaurant is just a 4-minute walk from Yoyogi station. They also have different branches in different parts of Japan. For Tokyo, they have branches in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shinagawa, and Tachikawa. Note that "camp express" and "camp" is the same restaurant!

Yoshida Curry (吉田カレー)

At around a 5-minute walk from Ogikubo station, you will find another great curry restaurant in Ogikubo. You can choose the amount of rice, spiciness and toppings for your curry. Toppings are the key to the curry's taste, so choose wisely!

Just a heads up, don't expect to have a usual restaurant experience here, because it is very, very unique. First, the blind is halfway shut, and the sign that says "Yoshida Curry" is super small, so it might be hard to find and you might feel that it is closed. As you walk up the stairs, there are several posters and one of them says "Do you think we're open?". Don't get scared just yet, because there's more. There are several rules written on their menu that are common sense but phrased in a very humorous way, such as "If you don't like our curry, go somewhere else. We don't want you to eat either", "You can bring food, but bring your garbage back with you", "We won't accept any additional order after your final order (because we're too lazy)."

Since it is a popular curry restaurant, you may have to wait in line, but it is definitely worth the wait. Average price is around ¥1,000~1,999.

Mamezou (吉祥寺カレー まめ蔵)

Mamezou, located in Kichijoji, is a curry restaurant that has been loved for almost 40 years, and it is popular for their beef curry that is rich in umami. There is usually a line, so make sure to go there early to save your seat. If you are in Kichijoji, this is the place for you! Located a 6-minute walk from Kichijoji station. People usually spend ¥1,000~1,999.

Jinenjo (薬膳カレー じねんじょ)

At a 6-minute away by walk from Nippori station, this place offers healthy and nutritious curries that have as ingredients some traditional Chinese medicine. Not just perfect for a cold during the winter days, but also, their curries are said to be good to prevent summer heat strokes! At the end of the day, your body will appreciate you for eating their curry.
People usually spend ¥1,000~1,999.

In Closing...

When you ask what to eat in Japan, people usually mention sushi and ramen, but you might not hear people talk about Japanese curry that often. It could be because it is so common that it is not the first thing that comes up to their mind. For those of you who did not know that Japanese curry existed, there's a whole new world for you to discover! Hope this list of restaurants made you want to go try Japanese curry.

If you want to know other ways curry is eaten in Japan, see the link below!

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