New opening – Good Luck Curry: Kaigan

Source: bento.com

Tokyo curry shops generally fall into one of two categories – either brightly lit, spartan counter shops with open kitchens, or more comfortably furnished and attractively decorated cafes with individual tables and hidden kitchens. Good Luck falls squarely into the second category, with art on the walls and a nice panoramic view out over the elevated walkways of Takeshiba’s waterfront office-building district.

Like many cafe-style curry shops they serve original (as opposed to more orthodox Indo- or European-style) curries. The original Ebisu branch soared in popularity after it was featured in an influential magazine-book called “Ultimate Curry.” Their busy-looking curry plates are artfully assembled on colorful pottery, with tiny portions of side ingredients (mushrooms, boiled potato, bits of sliced apple) rather than just curry and rice.

You can order one, two, or all three of the curries of the day on one plate. Optional toppings are limited to soft-boiled egg, cheese, and extra cilantro. Our keema curry had deep, complex flavors, perhaps a bit on the salty side, and heavy on clove and other spices. The coconut-based Super Ebi curry was relatively mild and well-rounded, dotted with plump, tasty shrimp. The side ingredients nicely balanced out the saltiness of the curries and provided textural contrast as well.

Overall, the flavors here are distinctive and original, and the rotating daily menu should reward repeat visits. Daily menus frequently include fish curries, which is something you don’t often see at other Japanese curry shops. Curry plates are priced at Y1,100, Y1,300 and Y1,500 for one, two or three curries, and extra toppings are Y100. Drinks include beer, wine, ginger ale and spiced chai, and there’s a pudding dessert. Take-out is available. …continue reading