Another face off post. This time round, the target is Chicken Katsu Curry and it’s a 3 way match for a change. So how would I rate the Chicken Katsu Curry from Asta, Wasabi and Japanika? Read on and find out.
Round One – Chicken Katsu
Both Wasabi and Japanika stuck to the definition and provided breaded chicken cutlet. Wasabi gave 2 smaller uncut ones while Japanika’s was a huge cutlet, slice up. The black sheep of the pack, Asta provided chicken kaarage instead.
“One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is just not the same…” For once, I’m going to go with the oddball. To me, the chicken kaarage from Asta is the tastier of the lot. Yes, not exactly a katsu but being made of chicken thigh, the flesh is more smooth, juicy and tender. Also, the katsu from Wasabi and Japanika perhaps due to being prepacked, lost their crispiness and rather tasteless.
This round goes to Asta.
Round Two – Price
Asta – £6.80 (10p more for brown rice)
Wasabi – £5.45 (limited special offer price £4.95 at the Liverpool Street outlet)
Japanika – £6.80
Hands down, this round goes to Wasabi.
Round Three – Curry sauce
Being Chicken Katsu Currey, the most important component of this dish is obviously the curry sauce. I think it’s obvious that there was a clear favourite.
The curry sauce from Wasabi and Asta are basically the basic sauce you will get when you stick a few blocks of Golden Curry into water. Basic, no frills. But the version at Japanika was on another level. With bits of tender beef, soft carrots and potatoes it was the best I have taste in a takeaway joint.
If you are looking for value, go with Wasabi. It’s not bad and totally worth what you would pay. Though I like the chicken kaarage from Asta, looking the amount they charge, simply not worth it. Lastly, I guess Mr CSS is correct afterall, the Chicken Katsu Curry from Japanika though a tad steep, more than justify for it’s deep and tasty curry sauce.
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