Goya Soup Curry(スープカレー専門店、薩摩剛家)

If you’re in the mood for a slightly different take on your typical thick Japanese curry, aside from going to a Nepalese or Sri Lankan curry restaurant (can’t say I’ve encountered any Indian curry places), Goya curry is an excellent alternative. Of the four shops located around Kagoshima, I have visited the one in Tenmonkan and the one in Taniyama. The one in Tenmonkan has the best and most central access, but is located on the basement level so you have to look out for one of the two signboards that lead you to the staircase.

There are a number of options on the menu but you can basically expected to get a variety of slow-cooked vegetables with a large piece of tender meat (chicken, pork, hamburg, or sausage). There are vegetable-only options but I can’t make any promises that the broth itself is not beef or pork-based, so I won’t claim that this restaurant has vegetarian options. As far as I can tell, the vegetables and meat are cooked separately and added to the curry roux which, in all respects should mean that the meat and veggies don’t absorb the flavor as desired, but they really do.

I’ve been here a few times and enjoyed my meal every time. I have ordered the Tender Chicken and Vegetable Curry(やわらかチキンと野菜カレー) for 1,000 JPY + tax, as well as the Tender Pork and vegetable Curry (やわらかポーク角煮と野菜 ) for 1,160 JPY + tax. The best parts of this restaurant, other than how tender the veggies and meat are, are how you can choose how spicy you’d like your curry to be, and how the prices don’t change between lunch and dinner.

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