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Japanese curry spot -- with a twist -- opens in downtown Mountain View

Uploaded: May 19, 2014
A new downtown Mountain View eatery is taking curry to the next level.

Kobe Curry at 180 Castro St. opened in early May, slinging kobe beef-based Japanese curry. They get their meat from reigning Bay Area beef purveyor Niman Ranch and then age it in a special facility for 25 days, according to the restaurant's website.

The kitchen is headed up by Kevin Uchida, who was born and raised in Japan and said he's been cooking Japanese food since he was about 15 years old (he's now 24). He's been professionally cooking for about two and half years, with his most recent stint as part of Bacon Bacon, a San Francisco-based food truck and restaurant.

"This is a lot more, in my personal opinion, more fun," he said. "I get to make my own recipes and put them on the board and I'm pretty confident with what I put out."

The curries are made with his own secret blend of spices and served with either beef, chicken or pork cutlets (all $9.50), or sans meat ($8) with a side of rice. Diners can choose three levels of heat – mild, medium or spicy. Kobe Curry currently offers few appetizers – Japanese-style fried chicken and gyoza -- but Uchida said he plans to add a few salads to the menu.

For dessert, he recently whipped up a green tea crème brulee with house-made agave ice cream.

Right now, the restaurant serves Japanese brew staples like Asahi and Sapporo, but Uchida said they'll soon have more specialty beers like Japanese IPA's.

Kobe Curry occupies a small space part of Shabuway, mainly operating via outdoor seating in a patio on Castro. Kobe Curry is under the same ownership umbrella as the Shabuway-chain. Japanese-born Eiichi Mochizuki opened the first Shabuway in San Mateo in 2004 and is also behind a string of other restaurants in the Bay Area.

Kobe Curry
180 Castro St., Mountain View

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for dinner (Uchida said they might soon extend Friday and Saturday hours to about 9:30 p.m. Check the Kobe Curry Facebook page for updates.)
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Posted by interesting, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on May 21, 2014 at 7:21 am

Good to see some Japanese-style restaurants appearing other than the Americanized California-roll places. Pro tip: don't ever go to a Japanese-style restaurant that serves both raw fish and fried food. Fumes from the fryer oil really ruin the taste of the fish.

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Posted by Mmm Curry, a resident of Sylvan Park,
on Oct 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Pretty good Japanese style curry. For spicy food fans, the "spicy" will be more of a mild or medium to you. They only have street/patio seating. Too bad they don't open on Sunday. It would be my lazy lunch spot after the farmer's market.

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