Izumi Curry
Suidobashi: Curry
Izumi Curry (Suidobashi: Curry)
Izumi Curry
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -5:30pm) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

This old-fashioned Osaka-based shop serves up richly flavored curry with meaty main ingredients like stewed pork belly and chicken cutlet. The pork belly is particularly recommended - the curry is topped with a thick, fairly large slab of naturally fatty meat that's tender enough to fall apart on your fork. It's nicely complemented by the curry roux, which has a pleasing combination of exotic spices and a good dose of heat.

Izumi's curries come in three sizes, but even the medium size is quite filling - you might want to go for the small if you don't have a huge appetite. Numerous optional toppings - ranging from seasonal vegetables and cheese to deep-fried pork cutlets - will add some variety to your dish, and classic fukushinzuke pickles will give it a bit of extra crunch.

The brightly lit shop has mostly counter seating, plus a couple of tables for groups. Non-stop J-pop plays in the background for your musical enjoyment, and take-out is available. Curries average around Y1000.

Chiyoda-ku, Nishi-Kanda 2-8-11.

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