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TOMATO Ogikubo: European-style curry and stew shop not to miss!

Do you know the difference between Japanese curry and European-style (欧風, or oufuu) curry? Luckily, there a wonderful opportunity to find it out in Tokyo. You can choose your preferred place and price, but be aware that not all curries are created equal. Curries and stews at TOMATO Ogikubo are an excellent example to prove it. It is not located in Kanda-Jimbocho area, as most of European-style curry shops. You can found this one in the western Tokyo, in Suginami Ward, just a few minutes walk from Ogikubo Station.Tomato Ogikubo

There is not much information about the shop in English, but you may have already heard they use 36 spices at TOMATO Ogikubo. All dishes and relishes are served on luxurious dinnerware from famous brands (Wedgwood, Le Creuset etc.).Tomato Ogikubo

I am not sure about quantity of spices, but as you eat your curry or stew, you will feel its undoubted richness. Japanese people never stop writing about curries at TOMATO Ogikubo on their blogs. Some people even say that it is curry shop number 1 on Tokyo. For me, there is only one choice of curry I can actually eat (milk veal curry, or 仔牛のミルクカレー). I ordered mine with a variety of vegetables, which added a few hundred yen to the bill.Tomato OgikuboAll other curries are very, very spicy, but I guess it depends on your personal tolerance (mine is surprisingly low).

I also recommend trying Hungarian stew, or goulash. It has an exquisite taste, superior to goulash in all Hungarian restaurants I have visited before.Tomato OgikuboIt is on the pricey side, though. The curry is cheaper, but still more expensive then the regular one at your typical shop.Tomato Ogikubo

The shop officially starts dinner at 6:30pm, but you will want to come early to avoid standing in a long line or even being deprived of the precious curry. I have never seen any other foreigners at TOMATO Ogikubo. My husband and I both love their curry, and try to come as early as possible (even one hour earlier). Once we came there around the opening time, stood in line for one hour but couldn’t even get in. They ran out of curry at the speed of sound. It was a cold February evening, and it was one of the biggest disappointments in my food life in Japan.

Information

English Curry and European Stew TOMATO

Address: 5-20-7 Ogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo
Distance to Airport: 25km from Haneda Airport
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 1:30pm, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Closed: Wednesday, Thursday, plus irregular holidays
Tel: 03-3393-3262
Access: 5 min. walk from Ogikubo Station, South Exit
Official website: TOMATO

Article by Olga Kaneda

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