More Japanese Curry in Sawtelle Japantown.
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.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I got the Spicy Omelette Rice. Now, being raised by Texans, I’m discovering as time goes on that my definition of “spicy” and a Japanese-American restaurant’s definition of “spicy” are two different things. “Spicy” in Curry House’s context means more flavorful than anything resembling “put out the fire in your mouth”.
The Spicy Omelette Rice is 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: Okay, this may sound strange, but…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 two times now, and both times, it took me a while to find my way back to my car because I got on the wrong @#$% elevator.
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: The complex that houses Curry House has a pretty substantial Parking Structure underground. It’s around $5-7 bucks to park, depending on how long you stay, and if you get a Parking Validation from one of the businesses (A store receipt will do as well).
Its kind of funny, there’s this guy running the Parking there, and I swear…even though I know there’s a machine there, marking the time in and time out, I have this weird feeling that he’s making mental notes of when you leave, and spitballing it. The first time I visited, he barely looked at my ticket and said $5 bucks, which was less than I expected.
You know what I did? I got the @#$% out of there, that’s what I did.
2130 S. Sawtelle Blvd. #200
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: (310) 479-8477
Monday-Thursday: 11:45 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 11:45 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm