Curry ¥980, Toppings from ¥50 each
- 1-21-21 Umezato, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 6 minutes from Tokyo Metro Higashi-Koenji Station, 15 minutes from JR Koenji Station, South Exit
- 11:30am - 3:00pm, weekdays only (not operating on Saturday, Sunday, or weekday nights)
- Staff can speak some English.
HEIJITSU HIRU DAKE
The Most Japanese Curry Yet
This unique Japanese style curry restaurant/cafe between Shin-Koenji and Higashi-Koenji Station is rather hidden as a cafe, but it easily stands out as a shop with vintage goods spilling out. It’s called Heijitsu Hiru Dake, which means “Daytime on weekdays only”, as that’s when the curry is available.
The entrance because it looks like an old warehouse of vintage wonders, with design chairs, old toys, antique lamps, and a lot of beautiful knick-knacks everywhere. As soon as you step inside you will be catapulted into another dimension, a dark but charming antique coffee shop with an absolutely unique atmosphere: colored carpets and chandeliers, musical instruments hanging from the ceiling, red velvet furniture sofas, and vintage dresses are everywhere in the room.
The only dish on the menu is a Japanese broth minced meat curry (price 980 yen). The plate is delicious with ingredients of rice, minced meat, plum, shiso (beefsteak leaf), tempura batter bits, and dried bonito flakes. The broth is cooked with Japanese ingredients such as soy sauce, oba (beefsteak leaf), katsu cutlet, konbu kelp, and iriko dried sardines, making the curry very different from any other curry you ever had. In addition it is treated with spices commonly used to cook soba, and miso.
To further Japanize your curry, you can choose from further toppings like pickled daikon radish, ground natto (fermented soy beans), egg, ginger, spinach, okura, and add more meet if you like (price between 50-150 yen depending on the topping).
Japan is well known for its love of curry, and adapting it to suit their cuisine. At Heijitsu Hiru Dake in Koenji you’ll have a chance to taste one of the most unique curry recipes in Tokyo among of the most unique atmospheres- just be sure it’s lunch on a weekday!
[updated December 2018]