Japanese curry is only vaguely related to the Indian original, but it’s got an appeal all its own. It’s easy enough to make from a package, so if you’re going to get it in a restaurant, they at least should be making it from scratch—like Sawtelle Kitchen and Bistro Laramie, says E Eto.
Café Hiro, a Japanese-Italian-French restaurant complete with red-and-white checkered tablecloths, manages to turn out some pretty good curry as well, says poptisserie.
There’s good curry in San Gabriel at Ducks, although lapchern finds it overpriced.
But the most competition for Japanese curry is on Sawtelle, where in addition to Sawtelle Kitchen, Blue Marlin, Hurry Curry, and Curry House duke it out for top honors and everyone seems to have his favorite. For curry on the go, check out Curry House’s new takeout shop on the first level of its Little Tokyo location and grab a curry pan (roll) or something.
Sawtelle Kitchen [Sawtelle Strip]
2024 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
Bistro Laramie [South Bay]
18202 S. Western Avenue, Gardena
Café Hiro [Orange County]
10509 Valley View Street, Cypress
Ducks [San Gabriel Valley]
1831 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel
Blue Marlin [Sawtelle Strip]
2121 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
Hurry Curry [Sawtelle Strip]
2131 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
Curry House [Sawtelle Strip]
2130 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
Curry House [Little Tokyo]
123 S. Onizuka Street, Los Angeles
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