This Restaurant in Sapporo Doubles as a Soup Curry Shop During Lunchtime
Try their Genghis Khan curry!
Sapporo Soup Curry Asanoya
2 4 Building 2/F, Minami 2 Nishi 4-10, Chuo District, Sapporo City
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Tuesdays.
Some locals say that soup curry is among the best comfort food to eat in Japan when you're feeling under the weather. It's loaded with vegetables, nutritious ingredients, and spices that will help stimulate your appetite.
In the Tanuki Koji area, you can find a bar called Brunch Dining Bob that exclusively serves soup curry during lunchtime. In fact, since August 2017, the restaurant has taken to changing its name to Sapporo Soup Curry Asanoya every lunchtime but exists as a bar at night.
Sapporo Soup Curry Asanoya is located on the second floor of the same building where the Muroran style yakitori restaurant, Ippei, is. Whenever the restaurant is open as Asanoya, the panel outside the building is displayed.
As you climb the stairs up to the second floor, the scent of the spices used in the restaurant's soup curry bowls will welcome you.
When asked Shinsuke Asano, the main chef of Brunch Dining Bob and Sapporo Soup Curry Asanoya, about why he started running his restaurants in this style, he answered that it is simply as a result of his love for soup curry. Having visited many soup curry restaurants throughout the city, he started making them on his own, coming up with a soup that became his pride, and eventually suggested to the owner that they provide them at lunchtime.
Shinsuke Asano works tirelessly late at night after serving soup curry meals at lunchtime. "Though it is tough, I enjoy it because I get to do what I like," says the chef.
You can order different kinds of items in the menu like the Tender Chicken and 14 Kinds of Vegetables Curry, Genghis Khan (Mongolian mutton) and 14 Kinds of Vegetables Curry, sardine tatsuta fries, oysters, and fried gyoza. All of the restaurant's curries include 14 kinds of vegetables in them.
The Tender Chicken and 14 Kinds of Vegetables Curry (¥980) contains a lot of vegetables, including carrots, green pepper, red bell pepper, mizuna, broccoli, asparagus, okra, and pumpkins.
Genghis Khan and 14 Kinds of Vegetables Curry (¥1,280). You can change the Genghis Khan topping for ¥300.
Its soup stock is made of chicken, pork bones, and vegetables, which all keep the dish from tasting too strong.
In addition to this, the restaurant lets you choose from six levels of spiciness for your orders, between not spicy to very hot. You can also decide on the amount of rice that you want with your dish, from small (150g), regular (200g), and large (350g). Ordering the large rice will cost you an additional ¥100.
The restaurant provides a large serving of its soup curry to its customers.
Almost all the dishes in the restaurant are served in large quantities and with bowls that are filled with vegetables. What's even greater about these dishes is that they only cost less than ¥1,000.
The real reason behind the restaurant's large serving and inexpensive menu is the restaurant's curry bowls. When Mr. Asano was looking for bowls for the soup curry, he got ones that were bigger than he had expected. Because of this, he added more soup and vegetables for each serving to make the dishes look nice. In the end, he decided not to change the price of the soup curry anymore.
Besides their dishes, the restaurant also serves alcohol during lunchtime.
The restaurant has a retro atmosphere and antique furniture. It changes into a bar at night.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Hokkaido Walker™ (25 May 2018)