Akihabara: Curry
Alba (Akihabara: Curry)
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Founded in 1971 in Ishikawa Prefecture, this popular curry shop serves a crowd-pleasing "Home Run Curry," which includes fried prawn, sausage, pork cutlet and fried egg, arranged to somehow evoke a baseball diamond. They also serve a few unusual variations like tomato-basil, ginger-pork and fried-fish curries.

While the standard curry roux is fairly orthodox in flavor, the pork and chicken cutlets are pleasingly crunchy, the shop's pickles are rich and deeply flavored, and portions are quite large. A suitable Akihabara atmosphere is evoked by the cartoony J-pop background music. Basic curries are priced Y600-1100, with numerous toppings and other options available.

Chiyoda-ku, Soto-Kanda 3-2-9.
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