Occupying a tiny storefront in Nishi-Waseda from 1975-2012, Mumin was a popular destination for generations of hungry Waseda students. With unusual dishes like Bacon-Egg Curry and Green Vegetable Curry, Mumin fashioned their own distinctive approach to "Indo-style" Japanese curry rice. Although the atmosphere is quite different, this shopping-mall branch faithfully maintains the Waseda shop's original recipes and flavors.
There are a dozen curry variations to choose from, including Shrimp-Tomato-Egg; Kobe-beef Menchi-katsu; Popeye (spinach); and Shrimp-Scallop-Vegetable. Seasonal mushrooms, cheese, bacon and pork are among the optional toppings, and spicy fried chicken is available as a side dish.
Mumin's roux is rich and onion-y, incorporating a nice blend of cardamom and other spices. Juicy ripe tomatoes in the Shrimp-Tomato-Egg Curry add an umami boost, while fluffy scrambled eggs provide textural contrast. The mixed pickles are excellent.
Seating is inside the somewhat noisy second-floor food-court area of DiverCity, although Mumin has its own corner section, with decent-sized tables and adequate table separation. Beverages include cafe latte (iced or hot), iced chai and mango lassi. Curries are priced from Y850, and are available to take out.