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Hurry Curry of Tokyo / ハリーカレートーキョー (Japanese Curry)

April 23, 2015

Exterior of Hurry Curry of Tokyo

Exterior of Hurry Curry of Tokyo

By Malcolm Johnson*

We’re here at Hurry Curry of Tokyo celebrating their anniversary.  Twenty-five years in operation.  One of the oldest continuing businesses in Sawtelle Japantown.

So I’m sure you’re looking at the name of the restaurant, Hurry Curry of Tokyo, and I’m sure some of you are saying to yourself…Curry…Japan?  Really?

Well, believe it or not, Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.  According to Wikipedia:

Curry was introduced to Japan during the Meiji era (1868–1912) by the British, at a time when India was under their administration. The dish became popular and available for purchase in supermarkets and restaurants in the late 1960s. It has been adapted since its introduction to Japan, and is so widely consumed that it can be called a national dish.

So needless to say, the adaptations have made Japanese Curry taste differently than what you’d expect from Indian Curry, and that’s okay. Some adaptations work, and some don’t, and what I’ve had of Japanese Curry works.

Interior of Hurry Curry of Tokyo

Interior of Hurry Curry of Tokyo

The restaurant itself, Hurry Curry of Tokyo, is pretty causal all things considered.  Aside from some nice wall art, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve wanted into a nice Pizza joint.  But atmosphere and decor are not what you’re here for.  You’re here for some good ol’ fashioned Japanese comfort food, and good ol’ fashioned Japanese comfort food is what you’ll get.

The Waitstaff are friendly and energetic.  If you’re wandering in for the first time, curious about Japanese Curry, they’re available to help, but for me, I’d say don’t be afraid to dive in.  You know the components, good Pork Cutlets, Chicken, and Spaghetti.  You may just not used to seeing them in this configuration.

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: There’s a lot of good stuff I’d like to try here, but I saw the words “Pork” and “Cutlet” and that was pretty much that.

Tofu Salad "Hiyayakko" at Hurry Curry of Tokyo.

Tofu Salad “Hiyayakko” at Hurry Curry of Tokyo.

But to start, we also got the Tofu Salad “Hiyayakko”, which is sliced firm Tofu sprinkled with a mixture of diced bell pepper, onion and radish, garnished with daikon sprouts and drizzled with special sweet soy vinaigrette.  This was a nice light kick off to the meal.

The Beef Croquettes at Hurry Curry of Tokyo.

The Beef Croquettes at Hurry Curry of Tokyo.

After that, my Classic Croquettes arrive.  These are two patties of mashed Russet Potatoes, diced onions, and lean Ground Beef, encrusted with a crunchy Panko coating and quickly fried. served piping hot with Tonkastu sauce.  These were lovely, though huge.  The Croquettes reminded me of Cuban ones, but these were much bigger, Hamburger Patty sized big.  The Croquettes plus the Tonkastu is fabulous, but fills you up faster than you think.

The House Salad at Hurry Curry of Tokyo.

The House Salad at Hurry Curry of Tokyo.

Right after that, a small snack-sized salad arrived with the House Vinaigrette dressing.

Needless to say, I had trouble finishing off my Pork Cutler Curry because…man this is a lot of food.

Pork Katsu Curry

Pork Katsu Curry

The Pork Cutlet Curry is a tender hand trimmed pork loin breaded in panko bread crumbs and fried till it’s golden brown.  And of course, it’s served a sweet plum curry, which is…you know…kind of the whole point.  The Pork Cutlet was tasty, and the Curry made it more so.  Still, for the uninitiated (of which I’m a member), the sensations send your brain scrambling in a bunch of different directions.  You think Curry, and start to expect that savory, spicy taste on your tongue and get plum and sweet instead.

So let’s make this clear, Hurry Curry of Tokyo is doing it’s job right.  You, Food Blogger man (that’d be me), need to sample more Japanese Curry so you can get good at this.

Disclosure: Hurry Curry provided the meal gratis, however, the opinion is my own.

* Contributing blog writer Malcolm Johnson is the publisher of the food blog Is It Any Good?

ハリーカレートーキョー

ソーテルジャパンタウンでビジネスを長い間継続しているハリーカレーの25周年記念があり 私たちも参加した。ハリーカレートーキョーという名前を見てカレーと日本が結びつかない方もいらしゃるでしょう。

ウイキペディアによるとカレーは日本で最も人気のあるお食事のひとつと記されている。

明治時代(1868-1912)インドが英国の植民地時代に英国から紹介され日本で 食されるようになった。1960年代にはカレーがスーパーマーケットでも売られレストランでも出された。国中に広がり愛され国民食の一つとなった。

言うまでもなく日本版カレーはインドのものとは異なるので好き好きがありますが 私は美味しいと思う。

ハリーカレージャパンはカジュアルな店で 素敵な壁のアートをのぞけば質の良いピザパーラーにいる感じもするがここには純日本式心暖まるお食事がある。

スタッフは活動的でこの店の初心者にも親切だ。でも心配せず美味しいトンカツ、チキン、スパゲッティを思い切り食べてください。こういう形状に慣れていないだけなので。

美味しそうなものがメニューは沢山あるがポークとカツレツという字を見た途端心が決まった。はじめに冷奴というパプリカ、オニオン、カイワレダイコンが甘酸っぱいドレシングで和えられた豆腐サラダをオーダーした。軽い味でさわやかだった。

次にはマッシュポテトポテトにオニオン、ひき肉で作られたアツアツコロッケがトンカツソースとともに運ばれた。キューバのものを思い浮かべた。しかしハンバーガーのような大きさはここだけだ。トンカツプラスコロッケは美味しいが満腹になった。

その後小さなサラダが出てきた。言うまでもなくトンカツカレーは食べきれなかった。すごいりょうだ。

カツカレーはパン粉をつけ揚げたポークカツを甘めのプラム色のカレーソースと食べる。色々な美味しさが口一杯広がる。スパイシーで塩味がピリッときいたものとは違う。

ハリーカレーは良い仕事をしている。ブロガーである私はもっと日本式カレーを試食しこの件に詳しくなる必要がある。

公表 食事はハリーカレートーキョーより無料で提供されたが上記の記事は私の意見だ。

Japanese style spaghetti is also available

Japanese style spaghetti is also available

Hurry Curry of Tokyo is located at:

2131 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025