Have you ever heard of double curry? Two curries? You mean two dishes of curry?” It is understandable that you would think so. There are probably very few restaurants in all of Japan that offer this menu item called “double curry” (I haven’t checked). In fact, this is a popular menu item at a sweet shop with a long history established in 1940…
Tazuya｜”Double Curry,” Takatsuki’s signature dish, born from an unexpected comment from a regular customer
Let’s get right to the point. What is this “Double Curry”? It is a curry soup topped with katsu (pork cutlet). And “double” is the number of cutlets. Since it is double, it means that there are two pieces of pork cutlets in the dish.
So the name of the dish changes depending on the number of cutlets you order. On the menu, there is a maximum of tetra, and it seems to be possible to have up to four pieces of cutlets.
And this is the rumored Double Curry (with rice) 800 yen…
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As you can see, the curry is not a thick curry like European-style curry, but rather a soup stock with a slight curry flavor. When you take a sip, you will find that the curry flavor is added to the Japanese-style dashi.
So, if you order it with an image of curry with pork cutlets in mind, you may be disappointed…
After all, even curry flavored pork cutlet is still pork cutlet and toji. The crispy fried pork cutlet is topped with a moderately cooked egg, which is then placed on top of the rice along with the batter that has absorbed the broth. Try scooping up the pork cutlet and rice together and throwing it into your mouth with a gulp. The nostalgic taste of the dashi broth and the curry flavor that you have had somewhere else will come together and rush into your mouth.
This double curry was conceived from the request of a regular customer who wanted curry poured over his pork cutlet and topping. A very popular menu item is born from an unexpected source… this unexpectedness is interesting.
Regular curry is also available! Eat the highest volume of Tetra Cutlet Curry Rice at Tazuya.
At Tazuya, you can enjoy not only the famous double curry, but also regular cutlet curry…
This is Tetra Katsu Curry Rice with 4 pieces of pork cutlet for 1,090 yen, the largest volume on the entire Tazuya menu. As you can see, the platter is overflowing with curry roux, the rice is served in a small heap in the center, and an egg yolk sits atop the curry.
A piece of Tazuya’s cutlet is not a large piece, but when four pieces are gathered together, it has a great presence. The surface of the rice is completely covered by the cutlet, and you have to dig inside to reach the rice.
The roux is a bit spicy, and the taste is somewhat reminiscent of the Showa period, as is typical of long-established restaurants. The egg yolk can be broken down and enjoyed in two different ways, so even though the dish is large, you will never get bored of eating it. It is an excellent menu item for adult men who want to eat with gusto, and it is very cost-effective.
Tazuya, a long-established sweet shop in Takatsuki for over 70 years: 3-minute walk from Takatsuki City Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.
Now, here are the details of the restaurant.
Address: Takatsuki Center, 20-17 Takatsuki-cho, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka, Japan
Phone number: 072-685-0929
Business hours: Weekdays 11:30-19:30, Saturdays 11:30-20:30
Closed: Sundays, national holidays, and irregular holidays
Parking: No parking lot
Credit card payment: Not accepted (cash only)
P.S. If you are looking for a delicious curry in Osaka, please stop by this article…
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