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The 3 best curry restaurants that won the "Kanda Curry Grand Prix" visited by Marei editor-in-chief

There are many curry restaurants in Tokyo. In fact, the Kanda area is known as a mecca for curry in Japan, with more than 400 curry restaurants clustered in the area. Every fall, the "Kanda Curry Grand Prix" is held to determine the champion of curry restaurants. About 20 restaurants participate in the deciding round of this event each time and compete for the "No. 1 Kanda Curry Restaurant" based on fan votes. The editor-in-chief of Marei visited the 1st to 3rd ranked curry restaurants that won the "Kanda Curry Grand Prix 2023".

cafe & dining jimbochoGRAND PRIX: Spice curry based onFrench and Italian cuisine "cafe & dining jimbocho"

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    The Hawaiian decor is feels like being at the beach.

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    This “Spare Ribs and Spice Curry” won the Grand Prix!

cafe & dining jimbocho offers Hawaiian cuisine such as loco moco and poke bowl for lunch and a curry menu including medicinal curry in the evening. The restaurant won the Grand Prix in the "Kanda Curry Grand Prix 2023," an event to select the best curry.

The manager originally specialized in French and Italian cuisine and also has experience as a pastry chef. The "Spare Ribs and Spice Herbs Curry," which won the Kanda Curry Grand Prix, is topped with a large piece of grilled cheese that the manager baked in the open, making use of his experience as a pastry chef. All of the curries are pleasing to the eye, and when I actually tasted them, I was struck by the rich flavor of the ingredients.

The seafood-based medical herb shrimp curry has large shrimp on top, shrimp in the curry roux, shrimp croquettes, shrimp oil, and chili oil with dried shrimp for a 120% shrimp flavor.


 cafe & dining jimbocho

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Address Imperial Ochanomizu 2F, 3-11-2 Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-5577-6933
Business Hour 月曜日~金曜日 11:30-15:00 (14:30 L.O.) 18:00-22:00 (21:30 L.O.) ※ディナーのフードオーダーは21:00まで

CALIGARI AkihabaraRUNNER-UP: "Akihabara Caligari," a restaurant where you can enjoy curry with a variety of toppings.

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    Inside Akihabara Caligari

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    I chose the "Akiba-mori Curry 1" with two kinds of curry and all the popular toppings.

Akihabara Caligari is a curry restaurant that has already won the "Kanda Curry Grand Prix 2019" and the "Kanda Curry Second Grand Prix 2023" (as of 2023).
You can enjoy various kinds of curry such as coconut-scented chicken curry, spicy hot Indian curry, "Japanese curry," and soup curry.

"Akiba-mori Curry 2” topped with potato salad, boiled egg, and rouleau rice

In addition, there is a wide variety of toppings! Chicken Tatsuta, Roulou rice, Bean-curd soup with red pepper paste, fried horse mackerel, fried potatoes, fried eggplant, and many other quite unexpected combinations! Even if you order one curry, you can enjoy a variety of tastes by combining toppings, so I thought it was a very satisfying curry restaurant. I recommend this restaurant to those who, like me, can't get enogh and want to taste curry with unusual toppings.

 CALIGARI Akihabara

CALIGARI Akihabara Read more

Address 1F Okimura Building, 3-6-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
TEL 03-3527-1262
Business Hour 平日 11:30〜23:00(休憩15〜17時) 土日祝 11:00〜23:00(通し営業)

BAR CAFE Sangatsu no MizuNO. 3: A restaurant like a secret base! "BAR CAFE Sangatsu no Mizu"

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    The theme of the unique store is "Adult's hideaway". The manager created it as a DIY project.

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    Waterless cooked Vietnamese Chicken Coconut Curry"

"BAR CAFE Sangatsu no Mizu" serves delicious dishes with various carefully selected ingredients, mainly Asian cuisine. The lunch menu features curry, and the evening menu features curry and bar food to be enjoyed with drinks. In addition, the "Waterless Cooked Coconut Oyster Curry" was awarded third place at the "Kanda Curry Grand Prix 2023". The restaurant has previously won second place in the same event.

Sag (green vegetable) curry" blended with lots of vegetables

The restaurant offers various types of curry. The waterless Vietnamese coconut curry series, which is cooked without water but with coconut milk instead, tasts super rich and just wonderful!
 However, what surprised me with its unexpected flavor was the sag (green vegetable) curry, which I tried for the first time. This curry is made by stirring vegetables and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. If you visit the restaurant, I highly recommend ordering two half-size curries and making one of them a "sagu (green vegetable) curry".

 BAR CAFE Sangatsu no Mizu

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Address 3rd floor, Kanyo Building, 3-14-2 Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-5281-7670
Business Hour 月〜金 Lunch Time 11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:30) DINNER Time 18:30-24:00 (L.O.23:00)




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