Last month I had a chance to check out Demiya, a Japanese curry specialist. The top of the menu offers this description:
"Demiya's curry sauce is made from whole chicken, tonkotsu, vegetables and fruit broths along with 10 other selectively chosen spices and Japanese curry roux to create a delicate and sophisticated flavor with the perfect balance between Japanese traditional curry and Japanese soup curry."
My #1 Ton-Katsu Curry, $13.50, was served in a large and heavy wide-rimmed soup bowl. The pork cutlet was high and dry perched on a half-dome of steamed white rice and the curry sauce was ladled into the remaining half of the bowl. The small salad on the side included very fresh greens and a light vinaigrette with grated carrots. The crunchy and greaseless fried panko crust sealed in the moisture of the juicy pork. Ordered "hot", the more than medium chile tones were spicy enough for me. Indeed a thinner, almost soupy sauce, somehow this curry dish managed to feel lighter and less filling with more vibrant flavors than the traditional style.
The serving size was huge, and I packed up leftovers to take home. The new menu that will be introduced on July 17 after vacation break includes a mini-size. I loved the curry and that makes it easier for me to come back for lunch.
375 Saratoga Ave, Suite G
San Jose, CA 95129
[Same strip mall as Ramen Halu]