[Soul Store in Sapporo] Soup Curry with Tasty Vegetables
October 16th, 2015
Soul Store (ソウルストア) is a popular soup curry restraunt founded in 2008 in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is across a road from Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (北海道立近代美術館). Mr. Genta Shimizu (清水 元太) is a restraunt owner. The ivy-covered appearance of a building is retro and stylish. *They relocated the restraunt to Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade (狸小路商店街) in June 2018. The following is an article before moving the restraunt.
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
Soup curry (スープカレー) is a dish to eat rice into soup using various spices with vegetables and meats. Only curry and rice was once a curry dish in Japan, but the soup curry has become popular for these 20 years. Ajanta (アジャンタ) and Magic Spice (マジックスパイス) in Sapporo sparked the soup curry boom, and it is said that the origin of the soup curry is medicinal cooking curry (薬膳カリィ) cooked by Mr. Muneo Tatsujiri (辰尻 宗男), ex-restraunt owner of the Ajanta, and a new genre of a curry dish has been established. After that, Mr. Taizan Shimomura (下村 泰山), a restraunt owner of the Magic Spice, named the curry dish as the soup curry, and it has widely spread. Article is here
I visited here around 13:10 on a weekday. The restraunt was not so large, a table and some counter seats are provided, and it was already full. I decided to wait at a waiting seat. An interesting book "The Mysterious Inheritance (奇怪遺産)" was provided for killing time there, and I read it. While waiting for a seat, I read a menu, and ordered a dish of soup curry. A way of ordering is as follows. Customers should choose a type of soup curry, a quantity of rice, a type of soup and a type of hotness. I ordered soup curry with chicken and vegetables (チキンと野菜のカリー), the most popular soup curry, and chose Classic, standard soup, a normal portion of the rice and medium hotness. The price was JPY 1050 in reality, but it was served for JPY 100 off at lunchtime, so the price was JPY 950.
About 10 minutes later, I was able to sit at a counter seat. Then about 15 minutes later, the soup curry with chicken and vegetables was served. A deep-fried burdock root that was said to be a highlight of this restraunt jumped to my eyes. It was amazing! A lot of vegetables produced in Hokkaido were used. The restraunt owner is particular about seasonal vegetables. The vegetables were surely very tasty. The Classic soup was chicken broth soup, and had light taste with the moderate hotness. It was extremely tasty. Thank you for the delicious meal.
Soup Curry with Chicken and Vegetables and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (2 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:30-15:00, 17:30-20:30|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 489 809*64|
A page of Sapporo is here