Yellow Company
Ebisu: Soup curry
Yellow Company (Ebisu: Soup curry)
Yellow Company
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Mon evenings, Tue.
Sun: Open Sundays

Hearty, umami-rich tomato-based soup brings out the vibrant flavors of the vegetables at this cafe-style soup-curry specialist. The stewed pork (kakuni) is highly recommended as a main filling, especially the premium "toro kakuni," which is limited in quantity. The large chunks of kakuni have a good ratio of meat to fat, nicely balancing with the fresh-tasting lotus root, bell pepper and other vegetables.

The soup base for the curries comes in two flavors here, the aforementioned tomato soup and a very savory shrimp-based soup. In addition to pork stew, other curry variations include chicken, bacon-cabbage, bacon-vegetable, beef tendon-vegetable, lamb-vegetable, and all-vegetable. Then there's the "Ebisu," a seafood extravaganza of prawns, scallops, oysters and clams in a shrimp-based soup.

In addition to curries you can add on side dishes like Thai-style seafood salad, bacon-mozzarella salad and fried onion rings, things you don't usually see in a soup-curry shop. There's also a cafe-style selection of drinks - several "world beers" such as Guinness and Hoegaarden, multiple flavors of lassi (plain, mango, banana, berry), avocado shakes, chai and cafe latte.

The cafe is laid out on two levels, with the smoking section up half a flight of stairs. Pets are allowed. An English menu is available for your convenience, although there are a couple of newer items missing (such as the toro kakuni), and the prices are slightly out of date. Soup curry bowls start at around Y1,100.

Shibuya-ku, Higashi 3-14-19.

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