Updated： February 07, 2020
80% of people have this at Hare curry house in Ginza
Hare is a cheap curry house (options under ¥1,000) in Ginza serving some of the most satisfying curries there are in Tokyo.
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Hare Ginza is a much-talked-about curry house in Ginza. A lot of its claim to fame garnered through its 20 years of existence is due to the rich curry with a menchi katsu (deep-fried minced meat patty) as a topping.
Curry restaurant during the day, izakaya at night
Hare is located a 2-minute walk from Ginza Station. It's on a 3rd floor so keep your eyes open for the sign board.
Hare used to be a small bar so you get that feeling walking in. It still operates as a kind of izakaya at night, but if you go for lunchtime you'll get a chance to try one of their wonderful and affordable curries. They are served in limited numbers every day so make sure to get there early if you want to be sure to have one.
The curries are about ¥700 to ¥1,000, and there are extra toppings that you can get. A topping that about 80% of patrons add is the 'menchi katsu' (¥250), which is a kind of Japanese-style deep-fried mincemeat patty.
The curry of this one, the 'Special Curry', is quite spicy. You know what you're getting because there is a chilli pepper mark on the menu indicating the level of spiciness. This one is a 4.
As for the super-popular menchi topping, it's remarkable for its crispiness despite being soaked in the curry roux. The coating is hard but the inside is umami-packed, tender and juicy.
It tastes amazing enrobed in the creamy roux, but if you have that finished, you can still enjoy it as a topping for plain rice.
The curry is hearty but if you're still hungry after having it, rest assured because the rice is all-you-can-eat.
The spot-on balance of acidity, savoriness, spiciness, and creaminess of Hare's curry makes it a stand-out well-worth the try if you're in Ginza looking for a cheap and satisfying place to eat for lunch.
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