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.
A new Szechuan restaurant opened in Asakusa, taking over from Coco Ichiban Curry House. (Location: Nishi-Asakusa 2-26-10; Tel: 03-3841-7555.) Kyuteihinabeya specializes in the double hot-pot, one side spicy and the other side sweet/savory. For 2,800 yen, you can have the hot-pot all-you-can-eat dinner course, with refillable meats, seafood and vegetables. Be warned though, the seafood is of the frozen variety, and not very good. But the beef is quite decent – thinly sliced so a minute in the hot soup is all that is required to get it cooked just right. The highlight, of course, is the soup, which is brewed using 10 kinds of spices, including dried chilies and Szechuan peppercorns (the latter of which is noted for its tongue-numbing qualities). Business doesn’t seem too good, so better go before it closes down! (Note: no English menu, but lots of pictures to help you make your decisions.)
Found this little eatery next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art near Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station. Koshinan (Add: 4-8-3 Miyoshi, Koto-ku; Tel: 03-3641-4723) specializes in udon and soba. The nabeyaki udon (udon in hotpot, with tempura and stuff) was very good indeed. Surprisingly, they brought out a very competently prepared English menu, even though we didn’t really need one. Apparently, this restaurant has been around for more than 100 years!