¥380 - ¥800 range
3 Chome-67-1 Koenji-minami, Suginami, Tokyo
Distance from Station:
3 minutes from JR Koenji Station
03-3337-4186 (Japanese only)
11:00am - 10:00pm, closed Sundays
Staff speak Japanese only; English Menu available
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Curry and Ramen, Big Portions for Small Yen
[updated August 2022]

For those who want to experience the Japanese take on curry, Tabuchi in Koenji is good choice. Located under the tracks adjacent to Koenji Street, Tabuchi is cafeteria style: first, place your order by using the ticket vending machine up front and pass the ticket to the staff (*last we checked the machine was broken and hadn’t been fixed so you may need to tell your order to the staff). In a few minutes, take your meal from the counter and enjoy digging in just like the locals do (it is crowded at lunch time).

The presentation is simple, but the taste is kicking! Savory and spicy, this curry is paired perfectly with either rice or noodles. Another specialty is shoyu-ramen (soy-sauce broth soup noodles) for those who prefer lighter taste. All priced under 500 yen but for an additional charge (of about 200 yen) you can make it a set meal: a bowl of ramen with mini curry rice or crispy potato croquettes plus a mini salad. For big eaters, the 600 yen double curry allows you to enjoy pork and beef curry in a large portion. Filling and satisfying, this place is the way to go to experience Japanese curry and ramen in one trip, and is highly recommended if you want your yen to go far.



Writer: Elvira
Photographer: Cherry