Missing Japan? There are some eateries here where you can get a taste of authentic Japanese flavours.

Japanese curry is one such flavour that some shops do so well, so you don’t have to fly to Japan to enjoy.

Here are some Japanese Curry Shops in Singapore to satiate your cravings:

(In case you cannot find some of your favourites, they may be in this food guide instead: 12 Best Japanese Tonkatsu Restaurants )

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Maji Curry
Novena Square 2 #02-07, 10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

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.

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).

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.

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.)

Read more at: Maji Curry (Novena)

Japanese Curry Express
190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre #03-04, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 8pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

If you have been to Fortune Centre (which is quite near Bugis) at lunch time, you would have seen the queue snaking around level three. Join the line for a seat at Japanese Curry Express, where delicious Japanese dishes are served at a great value.

Since there are only three main ingredients in Japanese curry rice (meat, curry, rice), each component must be done well.

The Chicken Katsu Curry Rice ($7.50) here has done exactly that. The chicken cutlet is evenly breaded and fried, creating an addictive crunch. The chicken itself remains tender and juicy.

The curry is equal part savoury and sweet, with a little spiciness to give the flavour an edge. Some Japanese curry are done too sweet for my liking, but that is not the case here. Coat the short-grain rice with the curry and it is amazing to eat already.

Other versions of the curry rice include Tori Karaage Curry Rice ($7.50), Pork Katsu Curry Rice ($7.50), Ebi Fry Curry Rice ($7.50) and Fish Katsu Curry Rice (7.50).

Another main draw of Japanese Curry Express is its affordable price.

Gochi-So Shokudo
Jewel Changi Airport #B1-289-290, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

The Gochi-So Shokudo menu features popular plates of Curry Rice such as Bellota Loin Katsu Curry ($17.50), Collar Mille Feuille Katsu Curry ($17.50), Iberico Pork Belly Rice ($12.50), and Tenderloin Katsu Curry ($17.50).

For poultry meat lovers, there is also the Chicken Katsu Curry Rice ($15.50).

The Bellota Loin Katsu Curry Rice comes with thick pieces of deep-fried yet succulent pork loin wrapped in an evenly crusty layer of Japanese panko.

Surprisingly, the curry is not too spicy at all, said to be localised with Japanese curry with a combination of other spices to a flavour-profile suitable for most families.

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Monster Curry
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #B4-52, Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 4555
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Monster Curry is a Japanese chain of restaurants that specializes in monster-sized curries at value-for-money pricing.

Known as the only Japanese restaurant in Singapore that serves a “demi-glace” curry sauce, the Monster Curry trademark slow-cooked sauce is rich, flavourful, and deep brown, and often paired with golden-fried pork, chicken or seafood.

Made with up to 14 different spices and vegetables, this gourmet curry sauce is slow-cooked close to boiling point for 48 hours to fully bring out its flavour.

What follows is a 24-hour period where the sauce “rests” and acids evaporate to achieve a smooth consistency.

Complementing this curry sauce is their hot sauce, an in-house concoction of chili padi, garlic, ginger, and celery.

Signature dishes include the Monster Combo Curry ($32) in an outrageous portion that can serve up to 2 or even 3 persons. Composed of sliced crisp-fried pork katsu, pork shabu shabu, crunchy shrimp tempura, and fried fish fillet on top of the rice and sauce. Comes with grated cheese for that extra salty creamy taste in your meal.

Read more at: Monster Curry

You can set your preferred level of spiciness in all dishes at Monster Curry: normal, extra, very, super and monster hot.

CoCo ICHIBANYA
68 Orchard Rd, Plaza Singapura #03-73, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)

Can’t mention about Japanese Curry Rice without including CoCo ICHIBANYA – “The King of Japanese Curry”.

CoCo ICHIBANYA (CoCo = Here, Ichiban = No.1, Ya = Shop) has been around more than 40 years, and has the record of the most number of curry branches around the world.

Their “grand menu” is quite wide-ranging with mixed curry, seafood curry, omelette curry, and vegetable curry, with enticing choices of Creamed Mushroom Omelette Curry ($14.60), Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry, Fried Chiken Omelette Curry ($15.70), Scrambled Egg Curry ($12.50), Clam & Tomato Omelette Curry ($16.70).

My Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry ($16.70) arrived in a huge plate with my rice swimming in a half-filled pool of hot curry. Its Japanese-style curry to known to feature a subtle hint of sweetness which neutralises the spicy notes of the dish.

The curry sauce was indeed thick, tasty and a tad spicy. The pork cutlet though, was slightly too tough and lean for me, and could do with more tenderness.

Romankan Yokohama
Millenia Walk #01-88/89, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

This is a casual Japanese eatery that serves made-to-order Tonkatsu, Japanese Curry Rice and Katsu Sando – breaded pork smeared lightly in mustard and nestled between slices of soft, white bread.

Previously located at the basement of Takashimaya, it can now be found at Millenia Walk.

Available items on the menu include Rosu Katsu Teisyoku ($16) which are fried pork-loin cutlet, Fillet Katsu Teisyoku ($17), Katsu Curry Teisyoku ($18), Chicken Katsu Teisyoku ($14.50), Rosu Katsu Ni Teisyoku ($18), and Ebi-Fry Teisyoku ($18.50).

The curry was served separately to be poured over, and tasted house-made, thick and only mildly spicy.

There could be more robust flavours (if you compare to other well-known brands), but this was considered pretty-decent.

Read more at: Romankan Yokohama (Millenia Walk)

Otoko
1187 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-20, Singapore 534785
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun)

“Otoko” implies a “strong man” in Japanese, and is not to be confused with Otoko Ramen at Alexandra Central.

Its ala carte menu includes items of Chicken Katsu Curry ($9.90), Pork Katsu Curry ($9.90), Seafood Katsu Curry ($12.90), Tori Karaage Curry ($10.90), Nacho Cheese Chicken Curry ($11.90), to Mix Tempura Curry ($12.90).

Add $1.50 to change the rice to udon, and $1 for additional cheese.

Its ala carte menu includes items of Chicken Katsu Curry ($9.90), Pork Katsu Curry ($9.90), Seafood Katsu Curry ($12.90), Tori Karaage Curry ($10.90), Nacho Cheese Chicken Curry ($11.90), to Mix Tempura Curry ($12.90).

Add $1.50 to change the rice to udon, and $1 for additional cheese.

While I enjoyed the round, plump rice and the Japanese curry (slightly spicier than usual), the thin, crispy, golden-brown chicken cutlet was unfortunately to the dry side.

Yao Japanese Rice House
6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-42 Tanjong Pagar Food Centre, Singapore 081006
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Yao Japanese Rice House with its striking yellow signboard and caricature of “Yao” at Tanjong Pagar Food Centre piqued my curiosity, specialising in Japanese-style Omu Fried Rice and Curry Rice.

Not that common to have a Japanese Curry Rice specialty stall.

On the menu are Omu Fried Rice dishes with Japanese Curry Sauce, Mushroom Cream Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken, Thai Style Chicken, Braised Pork, and Salmon with Wasabi Mayo.

Customers can top up with grilled chicken, chicken cutlet, grilled pork loin or pork cutlet.

I had the Japanese Curry and Chicken Cutlet ($6.90), and the most impressionable part was the hot silky-runny egg.

The Japanese curry all thick and smooth came with a spicier kick than the usual, but was absolutely manageable in terms of the spice levels.

Read more at: Yao Japanese Rice House (Tanjong Pagar)

Maruhachi Donburi & Curry
51 Havelock Road, Singapore 161051
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Maruhachi Donburi & Curry at Edgefield Plains Punggol got into the limelight because the owner-hawker was an ex-head chef of a famous tonkatsu restaurant at ION Orchard for 9 years.

Other than its first outlet at Punggol (671 Edgefield Plains), there are stalls at 429 Jurong West, 51 Havelock Road, 365 Sembawang Crescent, 373 Bukit Batok, 818 Choa Chu Kang, 27 Jalan Mas Puteh, and 204 Bedok North St 1.

Some of the highlights include Blackpig Katsu Set ($15.80), Pork Katsu Set ($11.80), Chicken Katsu Set ($10.80), Ebi Prawn Fry Set ($13.80), Chicken Karaage Set ($10.80), Kaki Oyster Fry Set ($15.80), Pork Katsu Curry ($9.80), and Pork Fillet Katsu Curry ($10.80).

While I would have personally preferred the outer layer of the katsu to be more crispy, the curry was thick and flavourful, and didn’t lean too spicy or to the sweet side. Though I would have loved some soft potatoes and carrots in there.

Read more at: Maruhachi Donburi & Curry (Havelock Road)

Donburi Maruya まる屋
151 Lor Chuan, NTP+ Singapore #02-01B, Singapore 556741
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

With three categories on their menu, Donburi Maruya まる屋 offers Curry Rice ($9.80 – $14.80), Donburi aka rice bowls ($6.80 – $15.80) and Teishoku ($8.80 – $13.80).

In terms of curry, their most popular is the Pork Katsu Curry ($9.80) with option of Black Pig ($12.80) which would be more tender to the bite.

There are also choices of Chicken Karaage Curry ($9.80), Smoked Sausage ($9.80), Oyster Fry ($11.80), Crab Cream Croquette ($11.80), and Mixed Seafood Fry ($14.80).

They took quite a while to prepare, but I surprisingly enjoyed the curry.

Was initially expecting it to be food-court standard, but the pork cutlet pieces had crispy exterior, juicy meat with fluffy rice covered in warm mildly spicy curry.

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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook and Dean Ang

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