You’ll Be Addicted After Just One Meal! 5 Recommended Japanese Curry Chains
Curry rice is a meal popular with Japanese people of all ages. It's very different from Indian curry, so you should try it! These 5 curry chain restaurants will addict you the first time you try them.
This is a Kanazawa curry chain with a gorilla on the sign that mainly has branches throughout Ishikawa and the Kanto area. They're known for topping their curry with katsu (fried cutlet) and julienned cabbage. The rich curry takes 55 steps to make, is stewed for 5 hours, and matured for 55 hours for a deliciousness that's addicting. You can choose your rice by ordering using their unique system of "healthy class," "economy class," "business class," and "first class," which is sized from S to XL. The Major Curry (Economy Class, 1,000 JPY (incl. tax)) comes with fried pork cutlet, fried chicken cutlet, fried shrimp, wieners, boiled egg, and cabbage, for a voluminous meal!
2. curry shop C＆C
This is a curry shop that offers a curry made with 28 high quality spices and lots of onions for a natural sweetness that impresses even connoisseurs with branches mostly in Tokyo. There are many simple dishes, such as curry topped with croquettes, vegetables, or a hamburger patty, but you can add extra toppings for a fee. In some branches, you can eat breakfast curry called Asa Curry A (350 JPY (incl. tax)) or Asa Curry B (420 JPY (incl. tax)) at certain hours. Why not start your day with a curry that will raise your metabolism with its numerous spices?
3. Curry House CoCo Ichibanya
This chain is affectionately called "Cocoichi" by fans. It's Japan's biggest curry chain, and there are branches nationwide. You can choose your roux (pork, beef, hashed beef), the level of spice, the amount of rice, and your toppings to create your own customized curry. While it seems like it might be difficult, as long as you choose your dish, rice, spice level, and any extra toppings (for a fee), you'll be fine. All restaurants offer take-out. They also have pre-prepared curry at most branches, so you can buy it as a souvenir to take home.
4. Curry House Sanmarco
This is a European curry specialty restaurant in the Kansai, Tokai, Kanto, and Kyushu regions. European curry is said to be the roots of Japanese curry, and to match that, the restaurant's interior and dishware is European-style. The curry is spicy, and as you eat, the spiciness increases until you sweat. It's addicting! The beef curry (691 JPY (incl. tax)) and the seasonal vegetable curry (781 JPY (incl. tax)) change ingredients throughout the year based on what's in season are both popular among people of all ages. The plating is also stylish.
5. Curry no Champion
This chain, nicknamed "Chankare," is a Kanazawa curry restaurant. Their branches are mostly in the Hokuriku area, and they are growing in the Tokai and Kanto regions. The roux has been unchanged since the first branch opened over 50 years ago, and it's known for its perfect level of spice, richness, and flavor. The unchanging flavor has been loved by locals for many years. 70-80% of customers order the L Katsu Curry, which combines curry with a fried pork loin set meal and is Chankare's most famous meal.
Japanese people love curry so much it's more difficult to find someone who doesn't like curry. Please try the Japanese curry that Japanese people love so much at any of these reasonably priced chain restaurants.
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