This a new Japanese curry shop on 38th Street, just east of 8th Avenue. Apparently it is a Japanese chain and this is its first North American inroad. Loving Japanese curry as I do, I've been there twice already and found it to have some very basic problems:
1. On both occasions the curry sauce was partly congealed and only very warm. Given that curry is the ONLY thing they serve, they should serve it bubbly-hot.
2. They have several sizes to choose from, S, M, L, XL. But no matter what size you choose, you get precisely the same ladle-sized amount of curry. All that changes is the amount of rice that you get. So if you order an XL, you're left with a lot of dry white rice. That is plain stupid.
3. They serve the curry with a fork, not with the traditional spoon. That is annoying.
4. They have a tv playing an endless self-promo loop. That makes for a rather grim atmosphere.
As for the flavor itself, the curry is rich, dark, and inticing, with bits of onion, but, alas, no potatoes or carrots or other stuff. The toppings, like katsu, chicken or fried shrimp, are all pretty good and freshly cooked.
Overall, its a nice place to have in an otherwise terrible food nabe. But it is inexcusable for them not to totally nail the basics. Maybe they'll improve.
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