After visiting the dentist for the third time this year, we headed over to Izumi Curry and Grill at The Podium to have dinner. I wanted to give this restaurant a try after it got featured on a cable channel.
The two grandsons of a famous pastry-maker in Osaka opened up their first Izumi Curry shop in 2007, naming the shop after their grandfather. Fun fact: Izumi is also Japanese for ‘wind’. Curry is actually a popular dish in Japan, and is eaten 125 times each year. Curry is usually eaten by children, and comes in three forms: Curry rice, curry udon (thick noodles), and curry pan (I’m guessing this is bread? IDK.)
Izumi Curry always ensures that their dishes do not contain MSG, have large servings with creative toppings, and have the perfect combination of spiciness and fruity taste (fruity? eh? *confused* o_o). Aside from the Philippines and Japan, Izumi Curry’s branches are also found in Hong Kong.
Menu: Megabeef steak curry, Ebi katsu curry, grilled chicken curry, Tofu katsu curry, Toro toro omu curry, Mixed vegetable curry, Tonkatsu, Chicken katsu, Ebi katsu, Fish katsu, Tofu katsu, Grill (hamburger steak grill, chicken teppan, US ribeye steak), Donburi (gyudon, ebi fry don), Soup (pork tonkatsu udon curry, chicken tonkatsu udon curry, ebi fry udon curry, plain udon curry), Salad (mixed green salad), Dessert, Add-ons.
… A small plate of Gyoza, naturally.
Pork katsu curry with egg – Breaded US pork served over Japanese rice, topped with curry sauce and scrambled eggs. The katsu slices were large and thick. Unfortunately I was a little bit underwhelmed with the katsu’s taste—It wasn’t as tender as I expected. However, the rice and the curry were amazing! Izumi’s curry takes 7 hours to prepare. It’s filled with different spices and vegetables, and slow cooked to perfection. Some of these spices and veggies include carrots, onions, and potatoes.
Fish katsu curry – Breaded fish fillet served over Japanese rice, also topped with curry sauce. It was very crunchy, but the fish itself lacked a little bit of flavor. But of course, the curry sauce gave life to this dish.
Admittedly, this is the first time that I’ve been to a Japanese curry restaurant, and although some of their dishes could use a little more salt, I was satisfied with my meal. I want to recommend Izumi Curry and Grill to those who love Japanese cuisine, but want to try something new and out-of-the-ordinary.
Izumi Curry and Grill is located at 5/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 571-7992