A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published April 26th 2013
Authentic Japanese curries
I don't normally venture out to the Wynnum/Manly area but an emergency call-out due to a faulty hot water system led us down the road to the East to obtain a spare part. Using my faithful phone, I searched for dinner places around the area and discovered a lot of positive reviews at a local Japanese restaurant, Samurai Curry and Sushi at Manly West. Reviews ranged from the restaurant being "truly authentic" to the "best local sushi place."
A mere five minutes drive from our current location, we went to check the place out to see what the fuss was about. My first impression was – where is it? One of several shops at 212 Preston Road, the tiny establishment can be easy to miss.
Once I found it, I noticed that the restaurant was adorned by several Japanese flag/banners at the front and it looked like a takeaway with several tables inside.
Obviously a favourite with locals, Samurai Curry and Sushi had a constant stream of people coming in to grab takeaways; impressive on a Wednesday night. We had to order at the counter but the owner was very friendly and accommodating. It looked like it was run by a family, with a little boy dressed in a mask, making an appearance at different times throughout the night.
The menu was certainly a surprise with reasonably cheap prices, especially compared to other Japanese places in Brisbane. Other than the prices, the curry variety was also a drawcard with items ranging from spinach curry, crab claw curry, panko prawn curry, mushroom curry and cheese curry. I ordered the medium chicken karaage curry ($8.90). You can order a larger version for $10.90. All curries come in 5 levels from level 1 (mild) to level 5 (spicy).
I decided to play it safe and ordered the level 3 and was thankful I did as the dish came with the rice drenched in curry. In fact, I asked the waitress if the dish came with rice as all I could see was curry. The curry was delicious and I was glad that there was so much of it. It tasted just like the Japanese curries you get in Japan; a bit sweet with a little kick from the spices. I was instantly transported back to Tokyo.
Although I ordered a regular curry, the quantity and size was just enough for dinner. It comes in a small bowl but the bowl is quite deep, hiding a large amount of goodness within its surface.
My partner ordered the large chicken katsu egg don ($10.90) which was chicken with Japanese stock and egg on rice. Although he enjoyed his dish, he however, preferred my curry a lot better and after tasting it, I agreed. Their curries are obviously their speciality; you can't go wrong if you order one of their delicious curries.
Samurai Curry and Sushi has a Monday special where their gyozas are 10 for $8 and a family special as well for larger families. Their family meal deal includes a large chicken katsu curry, a regular chicken katsu curry, a kids curry, two sushi rolls, 5 gyozas and a miso soup, costing $34.00. Desserts available included the interesting sounding honey ginger macadamia ice cream, green tea ice cream and black sesame ice cream. They also have a taiyaki which is a fish shaped pancake with red bean centre.