Restaurants & Bars 4

J-Curry in Tokyo

Robb S | Apr 27, 200802:13 AM

I recently tried out Hachinoya (03-3547-0810). Located behind Kabuki-za in Ginza, this is the first branch of a popular Nagasaki curry shop that started in 1951. After you descend a steep staircase you reach a narrow, brightly lit dining space, with a wrap-around counter and one staff member (at least during my mid-afternoon visit). J-pop plays in the background.

I tried the beef curry - Y800 for omori (extra-large) - which was very tasty. Good-sized chunks of tender beef, with a nicely balanced sauce that was amply spiced but not overpowering. Maybe just a bit salty for my taste, but still very good. The water in my pitcher was lightly lemon-flavored. I also tried the pork-bun sandwich which comes with a pot of Pu-erh tea (Y550 for the set) - a delicious slab of kakuni (stewed pork) in a small, fluffy Chinese-style bun.

Curry varieties are chicken, beef, vegetable, and hayashi rice (Y700 each), plus omuraisu (Y850), and chocolate curry (Y980) made with chocolate from Ecuador. Toppings include soft-boiled egg, crab cream croquette and menchi-katsu. If you're really hungry there's a mega-omori option - Y1600 gets you a curry platter that's 2.5 times the normal size.

I'll probably go back to try the chocolate curry. I like the fact that they're open all afternoon instead of closing at 2pm.

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