Ikebukuro: Curry
Yamituki (Ikebukuro: Curry)
Open 11:30am-4, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

One of Tokyo's finer curry shops, Yamituki serves original-style curries with heaps of fresh seasonal vegetables and umami-rich ingredients like ripe tomatoes, cheese and coconut milk. You can choose from more than a dozen varieties, including seasonal specials, along with a huge selection of optional toppings.

Uniquely among Tokyo's Yamituki outposts, this branch also prepares Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, to eat in or take out. These stand up in quality to any of the top banh mi shops in town like Banh Mi Sandwich in Takadanobaba and Ebisu Banh Mi Bakery in Ebisu, with complex meaty flavors, properly crunchy pickles and good French baguettes.

There are eight varieties of banh mi on offer - minced pork with tomato and cheese; spicy chicken; Vietnamese ham and egg; roast pork; smoked sausages; Hanoi-style beef tendon with tomato; bacon with five kinds of mushroom; and shrimp with egg. Sandwiches are priced Y550-700.

Toshima-ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro 5-1-7.

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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended