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Samurai Curry and Sushi, Manly West

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by S Lynn (subscribe)
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.

Samurai curry
Samurai Curry and Sushi

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).

Chicken karaage curry
Chicken karaage curry

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.

Chicken katsu don
Chicken katsu don

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.
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Why? For a delicious Japanese feed
Phone: (07) 3396 6994
Where: 3/212 Preston Rd, Manly West QLD 4179
Cost: $6-$11
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