2-35-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 03 5775 5446
Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Nigo, style king of the Bathing Ape empire created this cheap curry house in Harajuku that prices all of its curries at just ¥800 any time of day, including for the handy takeaway.
A diamond-shaped clock set into the wall of the restaurant features a jauntily turbaned chef and beams, “It’s time to eat curry rice.”
"The most popular item is the butter chicken curry," says food expert Melinda Joe. "It’s tangy, cinnamony and buttery enough to satisfy without inducing cardiac arrest. But it isn't exactly outstanding. The more appetizing vegetable curry however is a healthful medley of sweet potatoes, cauliflower and peas. Both are enlivened by a piquant relish of finely diced pickled rakkyo garlic chives, pink daikon and mint-green shiso buds."
The menu of Curry Up offers four choices at lunchtime, six at dinner. The dishes -- keema curry, saag curry, brinjal eggplant curry -- are Indian in flavor, a far cry from the sweet, viscous Japanese curry rice that we had anticipated before arriving, but they come flying out of the kitchen with the same speed one would expect at a Japanese curry house. In that respect, Curry Up lives up to its name.