Kyoto has plenty of curry restaurants, from genuine Indian curry to Japanese-style curry. Here are 5 restaurants that you should definitely try when you're craving excellent curry.
1. Spicy Masala
This is a curry stand inside Kyoto Station. You can eat spicy curry with a punch at this restaurant. Their standard is the masala curry (500 JPY (incl. tax)), which is medium spicy but you can change it to spicy or very spicy. Also, they have other standard curries including beef and katsu (fried meat) as well as various toppings, so this is recommended for people that want to eat a lot.
2. San Marco Kyoto Isetan Branch
This popular chain restaurant offering European-style curry is centered in the Kansai area. Their standard beef curry (691 JPY (incl. tax)) is made with beef, vegetables, 20 kinds of spices, fruits, and yogurt, and is mild with a spicy aftertaste. The roux is stewed slowly for a deep, rich flavor, and it goes very well with rice. Their katsu curry (861 JPY (incl. tax)) which uses an original curry sauce topped with a fried pork filet is a popular option. They also have lighter menus such as shrimp curry and seasonal vegetable curry, and the restaurant is also easy to visit even if you're alone.
3. Bar Reed Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto
Bar Reed, in the Hotel New Hankyu Tokyo, offers a highly reviewed curry only during lunch. The standard beef curry (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)) uses luxuriously-cut pieces of beef and rich, stewed roux for a dish with a deep flavor. The grilled beef shoulder curry (1,500 JPY (incl. tax)) is an even more luxurious option. The steak and the curry make for a powerful combination. There are plenty of other varieties as well, including seafood and vegetables, and all of them come with coffee or tea so this is a perfect place for people that want to have lunch in a calm atmosphere.
4. SPICE CHAMBER
SPICE CHAMBER is an especially well-known Kyoto curry restaurant. They mostly offer genuine keema curry. The spicy keema curry (1,000 JPY) is actually rather spicy. It uses ground meat, potatoes, onions, etc, all cut large for a nice texture and plenty of spices that fill your mouth with the aroma. The flavor is complicated and has many layers but it comes together as one, since it is a detailed curry. Also, for an extra 100 JPY, you can get cheese as a topping so you can enjoy a milder keema curry. This is definitely a restaurant that curry fans should visit.
5. Curry no Shimin Alba Yodobashi Multimedia Kyoto Branch
Alba Curry, a 45 year old franchise from Ishikawa, can also be eaten in Kyoto. Alba curry uses a lot of onions, as well as vegetables and beef that are boiled for more than 6 hours to create their original curry. They're known for their addition of shredded cabbage as a side. The katsu curry (780 JPY) is popular, but you should definitely try the torotoro omu-curry (730 JPY). The fluffy omelet sitting on top of the sweet, delicious roux goes perfectly together. You can also get toppings like hamburgers and wieners, as well as customize the spice level, so this restaurant's large menu is great for people of all ages and families that want to eat quickly.
*Photo is of the Akihabara main branch.
These curry restaurants are great for when you don't have time and they're also easy on the wallet. Please try them.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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