Eri Curry formally opened its doors to curry fans last September 10, 2014, two months after their soft opening in July. People continuously flock to the restaurant for the promise of a unique curry experience, and have since kept coming back for more. What makes Eri Curry the ultimate comfort food? Read on to find out.
Unlike Indian curry, Japanese curry has appealed more to the Filipino taste buds because of the milder flavor and thicker sauce, not to mention, a sweeter concoction. Eri Curry has put a spin on the delectable curry variation, incorporating a medley of spices that are not only translating as flavorful and delicious, but beneficial to the body as well. Aside from that, Eri Curry takes pride in the hint of zesty flavor that sets their curry apart from all other curry variations in the country.
During the grand launching, friends, family, and members of the media were treated to a small Japanese-inspired entertainment, and had their taste buds satiated with their choice of curry plate. Despite the amount of people that flocked to the Japanese restaurant and the stress it must have placed on Eri Curry’s kitchen staff, service was topnotch with the staff doing their best to stay on top of the situation. Understandably, some orders and requests were delayed, but the crew were always quick to follow up and make up for delays with their best service (and a very friendly attitude, to boot!)
We were first served Maki to keep our appetites at bay while awaiting our entrees. The five-piece sushi dish did its job of whetting the appetite, without getting us easily full. Coated with white sesame seeds and drizzled with sweet, tonkatsu sauce, the Maki made us look forward to what was yet to come.
One by one, orders started getting served. Mine was the Katsu Curry (Spicy), and Az got Thin Sliced Beef Curry. I got to take a bite of the Beef Curry dish and found that it was true to its name, and made for a really easy to finish dish. The beef was exceptionally tender and extremely savory as it has absorbed the rich flavor from the spices in the curry sauce.
I cannot imagine enjoying a curry dish sans the spice, so I made sure to get the Spicy variant of the Katsu Curry. The Katsu Curry plate, marked by its thickly cut, breaded pork pieces, is easily Eri Curry’s bestsellers. If you’re not into pork, there’s always the Thin sliced Beef, Crunchy Squid, Shrimp, and Mushroom Curry plates to go after.
At Eri Curry, you get to choose your curry plate and spice level, and decide on how much rice to be served with it. If there’s one thing you can’t make me do, it’s to say no to a heaping serving of steamed rice served on a plateful of curry. Customers choose from 200 grams, 300 grams, and 400 grams. Spice levels range from Just Right (almost no hint of spiciness), Spicy (name says it all), and Fiery (for the hardcore!). It seems like our friends from Eri Curry weren’t kidding when they named Level 3 spicy level as Fiery. My friend who got the Fiery plate was almost at the brink of calling the fire department! However, if you’re like me who has a high tolerance for all things spicy, the Fiery plate just might suit your taste. I did get Spicy to stay on the safe side, though. ;)
Lastly (and definitely the best part of the experience, which I’m looking forward to try on my next visit), make the curry plate your very own by being playful with your choice of toppings. Eri Curry offers a wide array of toppings, such as crispy chicken, fried squid, thinly sliced pork, or vegetables like eggplant, asparagus, and tomatoes.
To wash it all off, we went for a glass of Eri Curry’s Red Tea (that is remarkably NOT red). It was a cross between an iced tea and a lemonade, with the zesty flavor making the taste lean towards the latter. It’s a refreshing drink and does a job that good ol’ water might not be able to when your taste buds are stung with the spice-laden curry sauce of Eri Curry.
This is but a taste of what Eri Curry has to offer. They have a variety of sushi and maki dishes, and Omelette Curry plates that I am dying to try! For the kids, there’s a juicy Hamburger meal topped with fried quail eggs, and Crispy Chicken Meal, two dishes that would easily capture the attention and taste of the wee ones. I also have my eyes on trying the Kagigori (shaved ice dessert with vanilla ice cream and azuki beans!), their best-selling dessert.
It’s been barely a week since my last visit, but I’m raring to come back and enjoy another hearty meal! Eri Curry definitely makes it to my list of comfort food choices, and I’ll be sure to drop by when I’m in need of a wonderful meal to pick myself back up.-HANA