A new kare raisu spot opened on Mission three months ago and I've tried it for lunch recently. While it does not appear to be Japanese owned, the curry is made in-house, not from roux blocks. More importantly, it's good and reasonably priced.
I had the pork katsu curry rice, $10. The fried-to-order pork cutlet was nicely breaded with crunchy panko, greaseless, and not dried out. Not premium pork, but competently prepared. The curry sauce, ordered spicy (other choices are mild or extra spicy), was indeed spicy hot and approaching my threshold for heat. It's well-balanced with fruity notes, vegetable complexity, and a lilting lift of acidity.
The rice was odd. Rather than Japanese short grain, this looked like long grain broken rice that had been cooked with too much water to make it soft and mushy. Really a shame as I would have enjoyed more of the curry sauce if the rice had not been so poor.
A small pot of red radish pickles is on each table to enjoy with the curry. Instead of a handful of shredded cabbage, a spritely dressed green salad was on the side of the plate, garnished with deep-fried lotus root chips and decorative carrots.
All in all, a satisfying lunch that does not break the bank.
Fumi Japanese Curry and Seafood
3303 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110