Found a delectable soup curry restaurant in Harajuku today. It’s called Shanti Curry and is originally from Sapporo. (Address: Honorary Harajuku Building, 2F, Jingumae 3-26-11; Tel: 03-5772-6424.) It is slightly different from most other Sapporo soup curries in that it has a deeper Indian taste. The ingredients also vary from the more unique momo (Tibetan/Nepalese gyoza), kakuni (stewed pork), seafood, or the more traditional chicken. Curries cost between 900 yen to 1400 yen, which is not a bad deal, and you can also choose between rice or a deep-fried naan.
A fantastic find. Will definitely be going back.
Sapporo soup curry is in my mind probably the best Japanese food out there. There’s nothing like a bowl of spicy yet savory curry, loaded with vegetables like carrots, potatoes and eggplant, and topped off with a chicken drumstick and a half-boiled egg.
My favorite place to get a curry fix in Tokyo is Spice Pierrot at Ginza (2-6-1, Basement). Have been going there for the better part of my last three years. They also offer variations of the Sapporo standard, with kakuni (braised pork), tofu, or hamburger. You can also choose the desired level of spiciness, from level 1 (Japanese native) to level 5 (a suitable tingle that does not exactly burn your tongue off).
Ambience is nice, with dried chilies taking centerstage. Reasonably priced – around 1,000 yen for dinner, excluding drinks.