The Japanese Curry chain is also in Monterey Park, don’tcha know?
I don’t know why I like this place so much, or why I like Japanese Curry so much.
But I do. I like Hurry Curry. I like this place.
And every time I see a Curry House…what can I say…I want to go in again.
I’ve never been the biggest Curry fan in the world, but the Japanese version of the dish…it’s taking hold of me.
Okay, so…it’s not like I haven’t been to a Curry House before. What did I say last time?:
Unfortunately, you won’t be getting any style points coming here.
But who needs style points, right? You’re here for the grub, and good grub you shall have.
Tucked away on the second floor of a Sawtelle Japantown mini-mall, Curry House is the area’s second paean to Japanese Curried comfort food. Second only to the Grand Dame, Hurry Curry of Tokyo, ironically just across the street.
Which…I got…confused…during my first–oh, forget about it.
I think I wrote before that Japanese Curries and Spaghetti is something that may be new to a lot of you, but it’s something that you should try and savor in the future.
Like at Hurry Curry, the atmosphere is family and friendly oriented. You get your table, you get your menu, you get overwhelmed by the choices, but still manage to choose something, then dig in.
The funny thing is, despite the fact that it is a family oriented, Rated G kind of a place, you will see all manner of ages and types here (like at Hurry Curry). Guys are brining their dates here for a quick bite, or a stop on the food roller coaster than is Sawtelle Japantown.
A place this low key, it’s impossible to make any kind of snarky comments or field any complaints. The Service is first class, friendly and snappy. The mood is mellow and low key. You’re going to have a good time here. Good stuff.
Yeah, all stays true. Come on in and give it a try. Become hooked, like me.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This time, at this location, I got a Beef and Pork Patty special.
This plate came with the Burger Patty portion on one half, and the straight out Curry on the other.
The Burger Patty was smothered in some kind of cheese, and smothered in it a brown, sweet sauce and it was good. Damn good. Real good. Hope they put this on the menu full time, good.
Rice splits the plate down the middle, and it’s covered what looks like Bacon lardons. Also delicious. They were so delicious that I ate a lot of my rice, before taking a whack at the thing for which Curry House gets it’s name. The brown, smooth, Japanese Curry.
Rice and Curry is a nice, nice dish. And of course, I got it Medium spicy. It wasn’t the most painful experience I’ve ever had, but it certainly packed a hell of a punch.
As I said before, it’s half your plate, so you get a lot of curry, but it’s awesome. You mix it in with that rice, and you’re in heaven. Scoop it up and enjoy. Don’t forget the Burger Patty, but make sure this is part of your voyage as well.
At other stops, I’ve gotten the Spicy Omelette Rice. It’s Chicken and Curry Rice Pilaf pan fried with chili sauce and wrapped in an egg. It’s served with their Meat Sauce, which is a sweet, savory Mariana sauce, which is for some reason is described as Ketchup on the menu. That description of Ketchup was the only thing that made me almost change my mine.
That being said, it’s a really nice dish. An amazing, smooth, silky Omelette covering a nice Rice Pilaf with huge chunks of Chicken and some bits of mushrooms. The Mariana sauce shouldn’t work, but it does. Mixing up this melange of egg, savory rice and chicken…is just heavenly. Wonderful.
They also serve a very light Miso Soup. I say light, but I mean subtle in a good way. It was a nice palate cleanser, and got me ready for the main event, described above.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Here I am writing about an entirely different location, and I’m going to give the exact same not. When leaving the underground Parking Structure, and boarding the elevator, make a mental note of what elevator you used.
No lie. I’ve been to this complex several times now, and sometimes, you can get turned around and not wind up in the same elevator you used to come upstairs, so be aware.
Just make a note what store or business you’re facing when you get out of the elevator. Then when you’re ready to go home…go right there.
PARKING: Parking is free and cheap, in the Complex’s underground, two level structure. It may be crowded (and it often is), there will be spaces. It’s just a matter of how far you have to walk to get to the restaurant. Keep in mind the Safety Tip, and you’ll be fine.
Curry House (Monterey Park)
500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 110
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm