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5 Recommended Curry Restaurants Around Kyoto Station

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.

1. Spicy Masala

901 Higashi-Shiokoji, Shiokoji-Sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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.

2. San Marco Kyoto Isetan Branch

JR Kyoto Isetan B2F, Higashi-Shiokoji, Shiokoji-Sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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.

3. Bar Reed Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto

New Hankyu Hotel Kyoto B1F, JR Kyoto Station Karasuma Chuo Exit, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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.

4. SPICE CHAMBER

Fukui Building 1F, 502 Hakurakuten-cho, Ayanokoji-Sagaru, Muromachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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.

5. Curry no Shimin Alba Yodobashi Multimedia Kyoto Branch

Yodobashi Multimedia Kyoto 6F, 590-2 Higashi-Shiokoji, Shichijo-Sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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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