A South Lake Union location for a Los Angeles-based place where curry rules and they’re not afraid to take some risks.
Hurry Curry of Tokyo is adding some spice to South Lake Union’s restaurant boom. The West Los Angeles-based place has developed a devoted following, lured by their blend of 21 spices mixed into a deep, dark-brown curry sauce that can be ordered mild to extra hot.
While curry is the main attraction, the Yoshoku dishes, which put a Western spin on Japanese-style cuisine, are worth a try. The wafuu pastas may seem a bit off the wall, but they actually work, blending Italian wheat and egg noodles with chicken and seafood in a light sauce.
Situated in a new cluster of eateries along Ninth Avenue North, Hurry Curry leans fast/casual, with order-at-the-counter service. The menu is evolving, with a new item already available: a panko-crusted pork tenderloin sandwich, a.k.a. “Tonkatsu Sando” ($9.12), with pickled ginger, cabbage and carrot slaw, and wasabi mayonnaise on a brioche bun, served with fries.
The menu: Choose from nine curry dishes ($10-$15). Add-on options for $1.50 each include spinach, mushrooms, tofu, mixed vegetables, cheddar cheese and fried egg.
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The three pasta dishes ($15) available are chicken karaage with vegetables in a white sauce; seafood with scallops, shrimp, calamari and fish sautéed and tossed in a soy-wine garlic sauce; and the mentaiko and ika (spicy cod roe and calamari) in a seafood-based sauce. Each dish comes with a small house salad topped with a soy-vinaigrette dressing.
Appetizers ($4-$8) include tofu salad; chicken karaage; curry cheese fries; fried shrimp; garlic croquette; and miso or corn soup.
Don’t miss: The chicken-breast cutlet katsu curry ($13) comes with a generous portion of steamed rice with curry on the side. The seafood pasta ($15) was layered with a nice amount of shrimp, scallops, calamari and fish.
The setting: A spacious 2,600-square-foot dining area is lined with modern wood-paneled walls; seat yourself at more than 18 tables with room for two to eight people at each.
Summing up: The chicken katsu curry ($13), pork tonkatsu curry ($13), seafood pasta ($15) and two fountain drinks ($2.50 each) totaled $50.42, tax included.
Hurry Curry of Tokyo
825 Harrison St., Seattle
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Etc: Credit cards accepted; beer, sake and wine; street parking; wheelchair accessible