Jimbocho – The Curry Mecca of Tokyo

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Being home to major publishing companies and vintage book stores, Jimbocho is a famous “Book Town” of Tokyo. However, this town has its second face of being a remarkable “Curry Town”. Adapting styles from many different countries, “Curry Rice” in Japan has now become a big culture, and you can try the various types of curry in Jimbocho. Here, we will introduce to the top-rated restaurants achieving fame at this battlefield of Curry!

Ethiopia


When speaking of the best curry in Tokyo, you can never leave behind “Ethiopia”. Despite the name, Ethiopia serves Indian style Curry rice. The thickness of the curry is created by stewing plentiful vegetables for a long time. The nutrients from these vegetables and the 12 different spices of medicinal herbs creates a Curry that is not just tasty, but also good for your health. You can adjust the spiciness to your favor, and at maximum, it can be 70 times spicy than the original, so this is a must-visit restaurant if you are in love with intensely spicy foods!

Address : 3-10-6, Kanda-Ogawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052

Bondy


Also being the representative of Jimbocho along with Ethiopia, at Bondy you will enjoy a Western-style Curry rice. The founder of this restaurant has been inspired by the cuisines he ate in France. The curry is composed of stewing apple with other fruits and vegetables, which is blended with butter, red wine, and red pepper, allowing sweetness and spiciness to coexist at the same time. They use plenty of Dairy Products in the curry, giving it a mellow and creamy touch. Try the beef curry to experience the blocks of meat melting in your mouth!

Address: 2 Cho-me, Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 101-0051

Kyoeido


Founded in 1924, Kyoedido is the oldest Curry restaurant in Jimbocho. The founder of this restaurant has researched and arranged Sumatra Curry to match the taste for Japanese. The deep colored curry is composed of over 20 spices and melted vegetables. It does not include flour (which is commonly used for typical Japanese Curry), allowing it to be soupy, matching perfectly with the finest “Koshihikari” rice of Niigata Prefecture. You can choose from beef, chicken, pork, beef tongue, and shrimp, where the curry tastes differently, as it is stewed separately.

Address: B1, 1-6, Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 101-0051

Takeuchi


The Visual Curry award should be given to Takeuchi, serving the most photogenic curry in town. Takeuchi offers its original styled curry which cannot be categorized and can be enjoyed from the moment it is served. The popularity does not only come from its appearance. Their curry is cooked by thoroughly fried onion, using a small portion of flour but no butter, giving lightness and clear spiciness.  The specialty of this restaurant is the Hamburg steak Curry, with a huge hamburg steak covered up with colorful vegetables. The 10 types of vegetables are cooked at different styles, and the demiglace sauce of the steak blends in good combination with the curry.

Address : 1-20, Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 101-0051

Manten


If you are starving for curry and looking for something fulfilling, “Manten” is the best choice for you. This restaurant serves the typical “Japanese Curry” of thick sauce, covered with the topping of Cutlet, dumplings, or sausages. Despite its volume, all the curry rice is offered at an amazingly cheap price, as even though you order curry with the big cutlet, it only costs 650yen! The curry itself consists of minced meat, and the thickness of curry perfectly matches with the deeply fried toppings.

Address : 1-54, Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051