Don’t Miss This Curry Restaurant the Next Time You’re in Hakone
It's right within the town's onsen district!
Hakone Curry Cocoro
B1 475-8 Yumoto, Hakone Town, Ashigara Shimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on Mondays
How to get there: 4-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station via Odakyu Odawara Line or Hakone Tozan Railway
The town of Hakone is commonly known as a leisure and sightseeing spot with its fair share of hot springs/onsens. However, what many are not aware of is that this town also offers exceptional dishes for its tourists.
One of the best restaurants in this place is the Hakone Curry Cocoro, which specializes in curry dishes. Last year, the restaurant moved to the onsen district near the Hakone Yumoto Station.
The large yellow sign in front of the restaurant is hard to miss!
The restaurant’s most popular dish - the Cocoro Special (¥1,700) - gives a hint of Japanese flavors through the soy sauce and miso that’s mixed in with the dish’s other ingredients. Although the curry in itself is spicy, these two secret ingredients help bring the dish’s flavors closer to home. On top of that, the restaurant makes use of natural spring water from Hakone’s hidden Gyokuren Falls in creating the curry.
The curry dish is placed on a skillet, which keeps it warm until you finish eating it, and is served with healthy black rice and a 20-centimeter long fried pork cutlet.
The Cocoro Special (¥1,700) contains a healthy mix of meat and vegetables.
The pork meat in the curry soup is as thick as five centimeters. Despite this, the pork is so tender that you can easily cut through it using a spoon or fork. Our tip: Add a soft-boiled egg to give the curry a milder taste.
Enjoy the fried pork cutlet with rice as a la carte or with the special curry.
The restaurant also uses their homemade galam masara of 18 different kinds of spices to give the curry its spicy kick. It usually takes them two and a half days to finish making the galam masara.
They mix in hot spices three times to the galam masara to make it spicier.
If you find that the curry is still not hot enough, you can add their homemade hot sauce to increase its level of spiciness.
Their homemade hot sauce is made from chili peppers, cayenne peppers, and olive oil.
Another great dish from Hakone Curry Cocoro’s menu is the Hakone Sai Curry (¥1,300). It’s a healthy curry that contains lots of root vegetables. Vegetables like the lotus roots, bamboo shoots, and burdocks are cooked in soy sauce before being added to the curry.
The Hakone Sai Curry (¥1,300) has a milder taste and has a stronger Japanese flavor.
The restaurant is loved by people of all generations.
You’ll see signatures of celebrities posted on a wall when you go down the stairs.
Makoto Sato, the restaurant owner, wants curry lovers to enjoy curry dishes with a Japanese twist.
Makoto Sato, the restaurant owner.
His restaurant’s main goal is to provide curry that anyone will love regardless of age or gender. That’s why he made sure to match his curry dish’s ingredients to the Japanese tongue to keep his customers a hundred percent satisfied.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Yokohama Walker™ (22 August 2018)