Updated: May 18, 2018
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5 Must-try Japanese Curry Restaurants in Tokyo

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Japanese curry is hard to explain, because it's not very similar to Indian curry or Thai curry. It is what Japanese people enjoy eating 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)

Very popular curry restaurant in Ogikubo, this place offers exquisite curry - they use various spices which provide rich and elegant taste, and the portion is satisfying. You should try their wagyu-beef curry- rich in umami, melting beef, cheese on top of rice...isn't this sound amazing? Around a 5 minute walk from Ogikubo station, people usually spend ¥2,000~2,999 on average for lunch and dinner.

camp (野菜を食べるカレー camp)

Do you love camping? This place offers curry in very unique style! This is a camp-themed curry restaurant that serves curry in a pan with 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. 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)

Around a 5 minute walk from Ogikubo station, you will find another 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 usual restaurant experience here, because it is very, very unique. First, the blind is half way 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 garbage back with you", "We won't accept any additional order after your final order ( because too lazy)."

Since it is a popular curry restaurant, you may have to wait in queue, 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 queue, so make sure to go there early to save your seat! If you are in Kichijoji, this is the place for you! Just 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)

Just a 6 minute away by walk from Nippori station, this place offers healthy and nutritious curry that uses traditional Chinese medicine. Not just perfect for a cold, winter days but also for hot summer days to prevent from getting heat strokes! At the end of the day, your body will appreciate you for eating their curry.
People usually spend ¥1,000~1,999.
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, welcome to the deep side of Japan! Hope this list of restaurants made you want to go try Japanese curry, and for those of you who did try, hope you really liked it!

If you want to know more about curry and how Japanese people enjoy curry, check this link!
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