This place is rated No.1 in the “curry” category in the Harajuku area and it was also featured on TV so we decided to come try it. It’s a hole in the wall kind of restaurant and the owner must be a fan of the comic “One Piece” since they have figurines from it scattered throughout the entire restaurant. As for the food, Minoringo has four types of curry: Chicken (Mild), Pork (Semi-Spicy), Keema (Spicy), and Beef (Very Spicy) and they are available in three different sizes (S-800yen, M-900yen, and L-1000yen). You can also order the Minoringo special that includes both the Keema and the Chicken curry on the same plate for 400yen more.
I ordered the medium-sized Keema Curry that comes with an egg on the top and I added melted cheese for an extra 150yen. The curry was well-seasoned and the melted cheese was really good but overall it was a bit spicy for me. I’m not too hard core with spicy food so that must be why. If you’re into spicy food, you will probably love this as many other people do. The other dish pictured above is the medium-sized Minoringo Special. The mixture of the spicy keema curry with the mild chicken curry in the Special dish seemed to be the perfect combo because the spices were very well balanced and it lets you appreciate the food more. The chicken curry is made with tomato and yogurt as well so it has more of a mild sweet flavor to it. I found myself wishing I had ordered the special after trying a bite of it… sigh
Just a note, the Beef and Pork are very popular and the owner said it usually sells out by 3 or 4pm so come here for lunch if you’d like to try one of those two.
Address // 1-22-7, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6447-2414
Website // http://www.minoringo.jp/
We shouldn’t have, but we did. We went to check out the brand new Tokyu Plaza that opened in Omotesando/Harajuku during the busiest possible time – Golden week. Since it just opened about 2 weeks ago, it was such a mad house that there was even a line just to get inside. This plaza has a few cafes like Bills and Starbucks and plenty of stylish shops! I particularly liked the miniature Tokyu Hands store called “Hands Be” located on the 5th floor which only carries the coolest items from the larger stores. Since it was a special week, there was also performers singing on their outdoor roof patio area which was lovely.
Maybe not the best idea to go here this week but I hope you get to appreciate this craziness through my photos! Hope you are all enjoying your GW holiday :)
Address // 4-30-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Website // http://omohara.tokyu-plaza.com/
Freshly baked potato-chips shop? Yes Please!!
Only in Japan will you see a store dedicated just to potato chips. This store sells two types of freshly baked chips — Regular and Cringled. As a potato-chip lover, I tried the cringled version with the salted butter topping. It was such a fun experience since I’ve never had potato chips that were JUST made in front of my eyes. The chips were still warm and soft but crispy. They have all sorts of toppings so it’s worth coming back to try other flavors. The Medium size (which is shown in the picture above) was 220 yen and the Large is 280yen. The price for the toppings varies depending on which ones you select.
They also sell all sorts of packaged potato chip flavors that are not seen at regular supermarkets. What’s nice is that even though the store is quite small, they have seats on the 2nd floor if you want to sit down and enjoy your chips. It was crowded since it just opened on December 7, 2011 + it’s located on the most crowded street, Takeshita-doori, in Harajyuku. Stop by for a snack if you are around the area!
Address // 1-16-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6434-0439
Website // www.calbee.co.jp/antennashop