Japanese curry restaurant offers a different, spicier take.
Imagine Japanese food.
You’re starting to picture sushi, maybe teriyaki.
You probably don’t picture curry, a hamburger patty, a sunny-side up egg and spaghetti, but that’s one of the primary dishes of the Curry House, a chain of Japanese restaurants across the Golden State. Two are located in the South Bay, in Torrance and Gardena.
For the weekend sampling at the Curry House in Gardena, the choice was the large lunch portion of a chicken breast katsu – meat breaded with panko and fried, $13.10 – with cheese added atop for $1.75 more.
The meat, along with a few mushrooms, sat atop a bed of white rice which was set above a pool of curry sauce.
The fried chicken patty wasn’t too greasy or oily, and it had a nice crunch. The mild curry sauce added a nice kick, but it was probably a bit too mild – a return would probably give the medium or hot flavors a try.
Glancing again at the menu – which also offers a variety of appetizers, soups, meats, omelets and desserts – an oddball item that stood out was tofu cheesecake, $4.25.
The crust had a tasty chalky texture and the accompanying sauces added a sweet flavor to the cheesecake.
While I’d recommend curries from other places such as Big Wok and a number of Indian restaurants, Curry House is worth a try, if not for the different take on Japanese cuisine.
With the exception of some soups and lunch portion chicken or vegetable curry dishes, expect to pay over $10 for most dishes, especially after the dinner prices kick in at 4 p.m.
Curry House’s locations in the South Bay are 21215 Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance and 1425 W. Artesia Blvd. in Gardena. The Gardena location was selected for this article. Phone: (310) 323-7017. Website: www.curryhouse-usa.com; discounts and other offers are available. Continue reading “Curry Down the House”