Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Sapporo Food: Soup Curry King

Soup Curry King is a popular place. It's not all that small a restaurant, but when I went in there for lunch I was lucky to get a seat, and people were arriving all the time and having to wait, or simply being turned away. And that was in the middle of a blizzard!

It looks like Soup Curry King hasn't been open all that long in the grander scheme of things (thinking geologically perhaps, it only opened in 2007) but a lot of people seem to like it. I've seen it mentioned in various places, and last year at Autumn Fest (the big foodie festival in Odori park) they had a special soup curry stand with a rotating line-up that featured King several times. That, and of course the swinging door this freezing lunchtime speaks for itself.

I got the lamb and vegetable curry, and I could taste straight away why the place is so popular.

It's a very light-looking soup, but the flavour was smooth and very satisfying. It's always tough to really nail down the differences between soup curry places in writing, but the soups really are so distinct once you've tried a few. King's soup was a little oily, but a really nice consistency - not too thick and not too thin. The spice levels are named, cutely, after a suit of cards (up through Jack, Queen, King to Joker) and I got a number 4, which the menu called your basic hot taste. 3 is recommended but I could have gone hotter than 4, and others will be able to take a lot more.

The vegetables were vegetables, nice but I've had sensational vegetables at other soup curry places so this wasn't the best. The lamb however, was sensational - so soft and juicy. You can't really see it in the picture there since it was buried under the veg, but there was plenty of it and it was great.

Soup Curry King is near Minami Hiragishi station on the Namboku line, and it's well worth a visit. It reminded me of Medicine Man, another really popular soup curry restaurant with the quality to support its reputation.

I'll mark it on my map, of course, and here's the address and opening times coz I'm nice like that:

Soup Curry King

Open for lunch 11.30am to 3pm.
Dinner is 5pm to 11pm (last order at 10.30pm).
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays it's open 11.30am to 10pm all day (last order at 9.30pm).
And it doesn't have any regular closed days.


  1. Looks great! I'll have to try it next time I'm in hiragishi. Thanks for the review.

  2. It's our local - go there when we can! The lamb is amazing!

  3. Hello, Thank you for writing this blog! I have used it a lot during my time in Sapporo, as I try to eat as much soup curry as possible. Soup Curry King is one of the best I've been to.

  4. Really looking forward to this! I'm visiting mid-April and everything is closed so I'm just excited about food :) Any specific restaurants I should definitely try?