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Bondy Curry in Jimbocho, Tokyo

chibi | Jan 18, 2003 07:41 AM

Recently stumbled upon this place tucked away in a back alley in Jimbocho. At 3pm on a Saturday there was quite a wait, but the serious expressions on faces of the people lined up convinced us that there might be something worth waiting for. As we soon figured out, Bondy is an old-style Japanese curry house, and one with quite a following. We ordered the cheese curry, which I noticed quite a few other people getting as well. Shortly after sitting down at the table, a basket of smalled steamed potatoes was brought to the table, along with a dish of butter cubes. Although everyone else in the place was carefully skinning their potatoes, I found them too hot to handle for my wimpy little fingers so I just rammed a cube of butter into the middle of mine with a spoon and ate it skin and all. Sweet waxy potatoes brimming with very creamy butter - so perfect on a cold day. However, I was soon to regret having filled up on potatoes, as a big platter of rice topped with grated cheese arrived, along with a gravy boat full of curry covered in broiled cheese. Japanese curry is a unique beast, unlike any curry one is likely to run into anywhere else, and this one was very dark, with a tangy sweetness and a rich meaty taste, probably from a strong stock. The only Japanese curry I'd had before was the stuff you make out of a box, so the complexity of this one was quite a revelation. I had ordered it spicy, and initially thought it wasn't spicy at all, but then found that my nose was running after a few minutes. This was the first time I'd ever tried cheese curry, and found the combination of screaming hot gooey cheese, curry sauce, and steamy white rice to be absolutely delicious. The curry came with one sprig of watercress (to freshen things up I suppose), but there were plenty of condiments at the table to sprinkle on, including shredded coconut, raisins, slabs of pickle, and tiny sweet pickled onions. A complimentary cup of surprisingly good and quite strong iced coffee was served at the end of the meal, perking me up just enough to get me out the door.

I am looking forward to trying more of these curry places - any recommendations?

Bondy
Kanda Kosho Center Bldg. 2F, 2-3 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051
Tel & Fax tel.03-3264-8320
Hours 11:00-21:30 Closed 1st & 3rd Sundays

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