I love my Japanese Curry Rice, though there are not many specialty shops found in Singapore (other than Monster Curry and CoCo ICHIBANYA), and have to satisfy cravings mostly from Tonkotsu restaurants.
Then I found out about Maji Curry which is considered still under-the-radar, at Novena Square 2.
Maji Curry comes straight from Japan, bringing with it its unique take on Japanese curry. Maji is Japanese for “serious”, and the curry here is supposedly “seriously good”.
If you have any doubts about whether Maji Curry is good, know that their Japan store won the 2018 Kanda Curry Championship just seven months after it opened.
This is truly an award-winning curry.
The eatery at Novena is a humble-looking, fuss-free one, and can get crowded during lunch time.
You order from the electronic vending machine outside, take a number plate, find a table, and food should be relatively quickly sent to your table.
There are various permutations available, but the signature choices are Hamburger Steak Sauce Curry Rice ($14.30, $16.80), Pork Cutlet Cheese Sauce Curry Rice ($14.30, $16.80), Chicken Cutlet Sauce Curry Rice ($14.30, $16.80) and Tonkatsu Omelette Curry ($14.50, $17).
Sets are available, which come with a salad and drink.
You can also customise with various ingredients of hamburger steak, beef shabu, fried prawn, fried chicken, pork cutlet, chicken cutlet, sausages, eggplant, spinach and vegetables; topped with omelette, cheese sauce, or both.
Curry at Maji Curry is slightly different from the usual Japanese curry – which is typically sweetish and lighter, as it is made with a blend of Japanese and other spices.
This takes the aroma and taste of the curry to the next level.
The recommended curry here is the Tonkatsu Omelette Curry ($14.50, $17). You get a silky-smooth omelette rice paired with a crispy tonkatsu, and the award-winning curry all over.
There are three levels to pick from, and I tried both the Level 1 and 2.
Level 1 provided the touch of kick not typically found in Japanese curries, though I found the Level 2 more satisfying overall – a notch spicier and still manageable. (Would be keen to try the higher level.)
The cheese sauce option gave a creamy, rounded, wholesome finishing to the curry sauce.
Though I would mix in just a portion first, in the event you find it too jelak (rich-tasting).
While I won’t say that pork cutlet was life-changing, it was succulent and came piping hot, a surprise find for this price.
Another version is the Omelette Curry with Hamburger Steak ($14.50, $17), where you get a generous piece of beef with moist texture, though I felt the patty lacked the exterior smoky, charred flavour.
I enjoyed Maji Curry for that spicy kick, and having omelette, cheese and curry together is usually a wonderful thing. It’s really not too bad.
Novena Square 2 #02-07, 10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.