Curry, which came to Japan from India through the U.K. and has undergone unique development, is now considered a national food of the country. It is served in various places, including specialty shops, Western food restaurants and Japanese cuisine restaurants. Below are five recommended restaurants in Osaka that will satisfy your cravings for curry.
1. Sanmarco Osaka Station City Branch
Sanmarco is a famous restaurant that continues to preserve its original flavors from 30 years ago when it was founded. Their dishes are based on "European curry", from which Japanese curry was born. Here, the menu is filled with curry dishes that incorporate various ingredients, such as vegetables, seafood and tonkatsu (thick slice of pork that is covered in batter and deep-fried). Of the dishes that they serve, one of the most popular is the Beef Curry (690 JPY (incl. tax)). It is an exquisite dish of spicy roux with 20 kinds of spices, fruits and yogurt, topped with beef and mushrooms.
2. spice32 Osaka Ekimae Building Branch
spice32 is a specialist restaurant of curry and originated in Kobe. Its signature dish is the Spicy Curry (900 JPY (incl. tax)) that will surely get you hooked on its spicy goodness. You can top this dish with Onsen Tamago (soft-boiled egg) (50 JPY (incl. tax)) that will neutralize the spiciness to make the dish taste milder, and Cheese (150 JPY (incl. tax)) that will let you enjoy a deeper and richer taste. You'd be happy to know that you can have a large serving of rice for free. English, Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Korean menus available.
At Beets, a pub and lounge found at the second basement of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka, you can enjoy fantastic curry during lunchtime. Its best-selling dish is the Yaki Dry Curry (1,650 JPY (incl. tax)), a dish of rice and ingredients seasoned with spices and topped with an egg with runny yolk. It is a famous dish of this restaurant that is eaten by pouring the curry sauce on top. The Tabegoro Curry, a seasonal dish that is available for limited periods and incorporates the flavors of the season, is also a recommended dish.
4. Curry-dou Horie Branch
Curry-dou is a restaurant where you can taste authentic European curry. The base of the handmade roux here is made with various types of bouillon and beef. They also use more than 30 kinds of spices, vegetables and lots of fruits. They take pride in the distinct taste and deliciousness that is achieved through careful, slow cooking of about 100 hours. The curries here are spicy, so for those who do not like spicy food, it would be best to top your curry with Tamago (egg) (70 JPY (incl. tax)), Cheese (180 JPY (incl. tax)) and other ingredients. Here, you must try the dishes that use the Buffalo Curry (780 JPY and up (incl. tax)), a kind of rich roux that is made by stewing beef sinew. You can also select the Original Curry (550 JPY and up (incl. tax)) which has a fruity taste.
5. camp Eki Marche Osaka Branch
Camp is a specialty curry shop that was built with the concepts of "vegetables and health" and "entertainment with a lively feeling". Here, the recommended dish is the Ichinichi-bun no Yasai Curry (990 JPY) that features 350g of vegetables, the daily amount recommended by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. You can choose from four kinds of roux - original roux, Thai-style green curry, South Indian-style roux, and vegetarian roux. Aside from those, various other dishes are served at this restaurant, such as curry with gorgonzola cheese (1,090 JPY) and curry with cabbage and beef sinew (1,090 JPY), which is only available at this branch.
The restaurants featured in this article are located in famous areas in Osaka such as Umeda and Horie. Experience the taste of curry that is unique to Japan.
*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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