On the one hand, this may be because I waited so long to write this review -- we were in LA for E3, you see, and it's always quite busy. But on the other hand, it's also probably because Hurry Curry was so completely unmemorable. If I was served this curry at a regular old Japanese restaurant, I might have been pleasantly surprised. But because it's a place that specializes in Japanese curry, Hurry Curry was more of a letdown.
My katsu curry was pretty straightforward, the roux served in a small bowl alongside my cutlet and rice. I traded my friend Christian a piece of my pork for a piece of his chicken and immediately regretted it; while the pork was okay, I found the chicken to be dry and not especially tasty.
Hurry Curry's sauce was alright, easily the best part of the meal. Christian recommended the spinach and mushroom topping (pictured above), which is mixed in with the sauce and adds some pretty delicious vegetable flavors and textures to the whole deal.
Hurry Curry does score some points for including a wide variety of toppings, including some I'd never seen on another curry place's menu, even in Japan. Fish katsu? That sounds interesting. (But why no cheese?)
I wanted to like Hurry Curry a lot more than I did. It's got a great name. The staff wear T-shirts that say "I [heart] Curry." How awesome is that? We at Americurry also [heart] curry. But while Hurry Curry isn't a bad deal, there's a Curry House right across the street, which is right where I'd go, next time.
Hurry Curry of Tokyo
2131 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025 (reviewed)
37 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Los Angeles: Sun-Thur 11:00am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11pm
Pasadena: Sun-Thur 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
Toppings Available: Pork katsu, chicken katsu, beef katsu, fish katsu, vegetables, spinach/mushrooms, simmered chicken, simmered beef, fried shrimp, regular shrimp, croquette, tofu, seafood
Spice Levels: Mild, medium, hot
+Decent curry sauce, esp. spinach/mushroom
+They deliver and cater!
-Katsu isn't that great
-Whole meal was kind of boring
Verdict: I love Hurry Curry's name and attitude, but their curry just isn't the kind of revelation we were hoping for. There's better Japanese curry in LA.