Rakkyo Brothers
Waseda: Soup curry
Rakkyo Brothers (Waseda: Soup curry)
Rakkyo Brothers
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

Like other soup curry shops in town, Rakkyo Brothers offers standard curry bowls and some unusual variations, such as their cheeseburger-inspired Gouda Cheese and Hamburg Steak. If you're especially hungry, their ambitious Rakkyo Special is a bowl chock full of chicken, pork, shrimp, scallops, eggs and eight vegetables.

The kitchen's most novel innovation, however, is the introduction of pie crust to the world of soup curry. There are six different pie-topped bowls on offer, with fillings like mixed seafood or mushroom with three cheeses. If you're intrigued by the idea of pie crust but not fully committed, you can get a "Half and Half Set," which includes a small pie-crust soup curry of your choosing and a small tandoori-chicken soup curry, along with salad, rice, and lassi or other soft drink, all for Y1400.

The regular soup is a rich, meaty bouillon-based broth heavily infused with coriander and other spices. Carrots and other vegetables are cooked after you place your order, and they're softer than is typical for soup curry. The lassi is unsweetened - it's basically a plain yogurt drink - but you can add your own syrup as you wish.

Rakkyo Brothers is set up cafe-style, with thirty seats distributed over two counters and several tables, and it can get quite full during peak hours. Service is friendly and efficient, and your order will typically take around ten or fifteen minutes to prepare.

Shinjuku-ku, Babashitacho 61-9.

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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended