Mikazuki Curry Samurai
Shimo-Kitazawa: Curry
Mikazuki Curry Samurai (Shimo-Kitazawa: Curry)
Mikazuki Curry Samurai
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Run by a Hokkaido-based soup-curry specialist, Mikazuki offers three distinct varieties of curry rice - butter chicken, spicy chicken, and lamb with red wine sauce. They are all very good, but the lamb is the real standout dish here, incorporating good-sized chunks of appealingly fatty meat with an intense, slightly gamey flavor. The chicken dishes are also very rich and meaty, with the spicy chicken leaning more towards sweeter flavors.

Colorful pickled and shredded vegetables - red cabbage, green peppers, broccoli, zucchini - accompany the curries and add a diversity of flavors and textures. There are also a number of optional toppings, including zangi, an extra-crunchy Hokkaido-style version of karaage fried chicken. As with many curry shops, you can specify your desired level of spiciness and the size of your rice portion.

The dining room is comfortable rustic-casual, with distressed-wood tables, concrete floors and ample counter seating. The usual mix of bouncy Brazilian-inflected music plays in the background. Coffee is from a famous Hokkaido shop called Mame-Hico. Budget around Y1200-1500 for a filling meal.

Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa 3-34-2.

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