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Norabutaya/
Yotsuya 3-chome:
Udon
₯5367-2133
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The roux at this
curry-udon shop is
dark brown in color
and spicy, with a
flavor profile that
approaches the Pla-
tonic ideal of Japa-
nese curry. There's
a bowl of syrupy,
spicy sauce on the
table if you want to
add some extra heat.
But what makes No-
rabutaya stand out
from the crowd is
the quirky selection
of toppings that
accompany the udon
noodles - grilled
chicken, chicken
tempura, cheese,
potato croquettes,
and fried oysters
among them.

Perhaps the most
appealing is the
"toro toro buta" -
fatty grilled pork
cheeks with a nice
smoky flavor. Thin
slivers of pungent
scallion create a
good counterpoint to
the rich flavors of
the curry. The noo-
dles themselves are
thick and plain,
functioning mainly
as a delivery vehi-
cle for the sauce.
(A not entirely
efficient delivery
vehicle, we might
add, which is why
paper bibs are pro-
vided.)

Curry udon starts at
Y723, with various
permutations of
topping ingredients
available in set
combinations or a la
carte. The menu also
offers curry rice,
katsu curry rice,
takoyaki and chicken
karaage, the latter
two as inexpensive
side dishes. The
interior has a rus-
tic decor, with
heavy dark-brown
wooden furnishings.
Most of the menu is
also ready for take-
out.
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Shinjuku-ku, Yot-
suya 2-11, Daimura
Bldg 1F.  Open
11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm
(LO) daily.
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