A 5-minute walk from Yutenji Station brings guests to Rekamayajifu, a curry restaurant opened by Apappemayajifu, a spice shop, in a tranquil residential area in Tokyo. The restaurant is helmed by talented chef Yusuke Takagi, who started his culinary career at the age of 18 at Hei Fung Terrace, a Cantonese restaurant in the Peninsula Tokyo, and won a prize at one of the largest culinary competitions in Japan for young chefs in 2019 at the age of 25. Then, in pursuit of a new career in fields beyond Chinese cuisine, he involved himself in the launch of Rekamayajifu, which opened in September 2020.
The lunch menu offers Sri Lankan curries with egg hoppers. The curries are made without using artificial seasonings, additives, flour, or starch. Instead, the ingredients are cooked in mushroom or shrimp stock using Chinese culinary techniques, such as heating techniques, to bring out their rich, complex flavors.
For dinner, they serve a course consisting of about 10 dishes that is based on Chinese food and mixed with various spices. Among these dishes, Magao keema curry stands out for its use of Taiwanese mythical mountain pepper with a fresh, spicy scent reminiscent of lemongrass. The ingredients are selected from around Japan by the chef himself to ensure optimal freshness and quality.
The wine list offers 30 varieties each of red and white wines, focusing on South African natural wines. The restaurant also offers homemade spice cocktails, such as a cardamom lemon sour, sansho lamb highball, and "paradise beer" a craft beer made by a natural grower in Kashima, Ibaraki prefecture. In addition, as part of their efforts towards sustainability, the restaurant serves curries with pepper tea, brewed from the stems and leaves of plants that would otherwise be wasted.
The dining room is bright and sophisticated with wood accents and white shades, which makes a vivid contrast with the retro design of the exterior. In the dining space with four counter seats and 24 table seats, curries are served on plates handcrafted by the grandmother of the chef.
The restaurant is a veritable adventure of curries and spices, perfect for a wide range of occasions, such as casual lunch with family or friends, intimate dinner with a partner, business dinner with clients, or an anniversary celebration.
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A 5-minute walk from Yutenji Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line