Five different soup bases are available to choose from at this fancier-than-average Hokkaido soup-curry cafe. The umami-rich creamy-shrimp soup, made with soy milk, really brings out the flavor of the individual curry ingredients, although it can be rather salty. Other soup options are regular (non-soy milk) shrimp, tomato, coconut and "assari," which is described as a "wafu-style dashi." All soups can be spiced up to your liking, on a spiciness scale of zero to thirty.
Sama's main curry variations include chicken; pork kakuni; Hamburg steak; and tandoori chicken paired with minced pork, cilantro and cheese. The pork kakuni is fantastic - perfectly fatty and flavorful, it would hold its own against just about any izakaya kakuni in town. The pork-vegetable soup curry comes with a good-size helping of pork kakuni as well as flash-fried bell pepper, baby corn, lotus root, cauliflower and other vegetables.
If you want to try everything on the menu in one gut-busting bowl, the Mega Sama DX Soup Curry (Y2000) mixes chicken, pork kakuni, Hamburg steak, quail egg, cheese and ten vegetables, accompanied by a large-size portion of rice. Whichever main curry you choose, you can further customize it with 27 different toppings, ranging from deep-fried burdock to scallops and cube steak.
The drinks list is also a cut above average. Highballs (whiskey-soda cocktails) are made with a choice of Dewar's, Chivas Regal or Talisker 10-year-old, and start at Y200 during Happy Hour. Craft beers from North Island, Hokkaido's best brewery, are Y850 per bottle for pilsner, weizen or brown ale.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.