I will say it again. I love curry more than any other dish. But I’m not sure what to think of this one.
I translated the following from http://rocketnews24.com/?p=79550
“Cafe Latin” is nestled in a quiet neighborhood in the residential area of Asakusa. It has a really contemporary look, so you might not expect them to offer such a peculiar dish like “strawberry curry”.
After I went inside, I placed my curry order and an employee asked me to choose a spice level from 1-10. I ordered an 8 to balance out the sweetness of the strawberries. He assured me the curry would still be plenty spicy. I went ahead and asked for a scoop of ice cream (an extra 150 yen) and the mysterious sounding Panda Beans (an extra 100 yen.)
A plate of strawberry curry plus the extra toppings eventually arrived in front of me, and like everyone had said, it looked wonderfully artsy. Thin and uniformly sliced strawberries gorgeously outlined the mound of rice. The rice was a light pink color, so I think there were shredded strawberries mixed with the rice, too. With all those strawberries and ice cream, the dish looked like it would taste nothing other than sweet.
Before long the scoop of ice cream started to melt. It wasn’t a small scoop, by the way….gulp. Were those red sprinkles on the ice cream curry powder? I also saw pieces of strawberries and the Panda Bean topping I had requested in the curry sauce. The store manager explained to me what Panda Beans are, but I don’t know how there’s any resemblance to a real panda bear.
I kept my cool and cautiously took my first bite…and it was unexpectedly delicious! The sweetness of the strawberries combined with the spiciness of the curry created a great harmony of flavors in my mouth. I then took another bite of rice with the bold scoop of ice cream on top. It was a delicious combination of opposites–”sweet and spicy” and “hot and cold”. Where else do you get to enjoy the varying degrees of spiciness and temperatures? What an awesome dish!?
Alas, the sweetness inevitably started to overpower the rest of the flavors as I got close to finishing. Maybe that scoop of ice cream wasn’t necessary.
“Strawberry Curry” sells for 950 yen, and according to the restaurant manager, isn’t a money maker for the restaurant. She joyfully confesses, “To be honest, I wouldn’t want this to become a famous item, but I can’t stop the media from sharing it with the public. Let me just say that we also offer more conventional but delicious curries. Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t stop serving the strawberry curry because my customers ask for it.” She also said more than half the cost of the dish goes toward buying the strawberries. What a hassle.
“Cafe Latin” offers strawberry curry from shortly before Christmas until mid April. Weekday lunch specials also include small salads and a drink. Besides their strawberry curry, I hear they also offer a great dry curry.
Cafe Latino: http://www.cafelatino.co.jp/index.htmlz
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