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So... Is this new Japanese style curry place in San Francisco just a clone of Curry House, or are the better... Like Muracci's?

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  1. I'd like to know.. Ever since a recent trip to Hawaii where I tried Curry House Ichibanya, I've been looking for something similar. Someone told me the Curry House in Cupertino is not a good clone of it.

    1. It's been open for about a month, and according to the website is making Japanese style curry from scratch.

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      Volcano Curry of Japan
      5454 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I've never heard of Japanese style curry. Please tell more.

        2. Ate there recently and would go back again. The prices are cheap because it is a no frills establishment with paper plates and plasticware. Chicken curry was $5.95. The portion was large and filling and topped with a couple kinds of pickled vegetables. I also ordered a croquette and grilled eggplant (very good) for $1 apiece extra. Other extras are available. They have mild, hot and volcano intensities...I tried the hot and it was medium to my taste. Several years ago I ate at the Curry House down near LA which was better Japanese style curry, but I think Volcano deserves a following here.

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          1. re: caryjones

            FYI the toppings like eggplant and croquette are actually $1.50 each, not $1.00 and the pickles are $1.00. These extras are not included in the $5.95 price. I can get two meals from one order and like the spicy version. I hope they can get enough business to hang in there. It has always been very slow when I go in.

            1. re: saffrongold

              I finally had a chance to try it last month with my mom. Loved the pork katsu curry plate, one of the great lunch bargains. Here's the photo,
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

              It now serves noodle soups and Mom ordered the shrimp noodle version. The pieces of chopped and breaded shrimps were kind of rubbery. But it wasn't expensive and we still felt we got good value.
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

              We also tried the fried eggplant and the croquette. The croquette was done well, the eggplant was not cooked thoroughly.

          2. You can email me to get a pdf of their small menu.

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            1. re: caryjones

              http://www.volcanocurry.com/ has the menu online

              unfortunately, it's not a vegetarian-based curry sauce — chicken broth in the sauce — I was hoping to add it to the list of veggie-friendly places for visting house guests next week

            2. Recently tried this place for the first time. I had the pork katsu with medium spicy sauce. The tonkatsu was delicious - really good cut of meat. It could have used a few more pieces of vegetable, but I was pretty happy with it. I also had the seaweed salad, which was good but a little on the salty side. We'll definitely be going back to this place.

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              1. re: kresge86

                Thanks, I've been aching to hear about katsu curry!

              2. They must be affiliated with Kitaro Sushi, as the website piggybacks off of kitarosushi.com (check the full URLs of the page links e.g. http://kitarosushi.com/volcano/about.php)

                1. This place is cheap and no-frills. Strangely, there is a a-la-carte to it. You get to pick what vegetables you want in it, unless you pick vegetable. It's so cute that I see more couples in there. They do a good job of packing to-go boxes. If you like curry gravy, you would like this place. To me the curry hits the spot. The hot is not hot at all. Haven't tried the Volcano. They have green tea in an aluminum can, but it can be served hot or cold.

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                  1. re: siulan_99

                    the Volcano has a little kick to it - just spicy enough to slow down the shoveling if you're famished. Get your punch card for a free serving.