Curry Up Cafe
The Curry Up Cafe brings tastes of Asian delicacies along with flair. Japanese curries rule the menu, created by Chef Christopher Wong.
“I wanted to bring Japanese curry out to the San Fernando Valley,” says Chef Wong.
Curry Up Cafe opened its doors in 2007 with an amazing array of delicious foods. The restaurant features a cozy, intimate space where you can relax and enjoy the many tasty items on the menu.
Start your meal with Wongie's Hangover Fries, the most popular item. It features curry cheese topped Thai fries garnished with Hawaiian Kalua pork – which is marinated for four hours creating a tender, juicy meat – along with two fried eggs. “It's a big hit with families and friends who want to split something,” says Chef Wong. “And of course some people come in on their own and they just want to eat a big plate of fries – they love it.”
For greens, the Full House Salad is perfect. The crispy Wonton Strips and Rice Noodles provide taste and texture, and the rest of the salad, featuring Romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, carrots, corn, tofu, green onion, sesame seeds is delicious and fresh. And of course, the Japanese Ginger Dressing tops it off for just the right taste.
Chef Wong's favorite item on the menu is the DJ meal. This popular dish offers Japanese curry with rice and potatoes along with the Curry Up Cafe's famous chicken cutlet and two fried eggs to top it off. Other curries include The Gilipino, a special combination pork cutlet with pork belly curry served with two fried eggs, rice and salad, the Chicken Curry, Pork Cutlet, Kalua Pork, and Curry Loco Moco with a ½ lb angus beef patty, curry, two fried eggs, grilled onions, rice and salad.
Chef Wong gets many of his ideas from social media, where people tag him on photos and ask him to try something new. He then creates it and sees if it fits.
The menu also offers unique Asian-Mexican Fusion dishes. The Asian Fusion Tacos are a soft wok grilled corn tortilla, served with lettuce, cheese, peach de gallo salsa, onion, cilantro, sesame seeds and topped with teriyaki chicken or Hawaiian kalua pork. Or try the Curry Burrito, with rice, curry, cheese, carrots, potatoes. Add ons to the Burritos include Teriyaki chicken, Kalua pork, crispy shrimp, Korean spicy beef, bacon, tofu, two eggs, pork belly, spinach, mushroom, and corn. There are also Curry Nachos, Cheese Quesadillas, or Chef Wongie's WET Curry Burrito, topped with Kalua pork and smothered with a half side of Curry Cheese Nachos.
For more Asian-American fare, there is the King Cheeseburger with four Toasted King’s Hawaiian Breads, a ½ lb. Angus Beef Patty, Cheese, Grilled Onions, Spinach, Tomato, Pickles, and Thai 1000 Island Dressing. Or try the King Dogs, served with choice of side salad or Mac salad. Add ons include Korean spicy beef, Hawaiian Kalua pork, tempura pineapple rings, bacon, fried egg and pork belly.
For dessert, you can't go wrong with the Cheesecake Tempura, a delicious slice cheesecake, fried in Tempura and topped with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream.
Why should you visit Curry Up Cafe? Says Chef Wong, “Because you like to eat and we like to feed you.”
Curry Up Cafe is located at 21912 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills. Follow them on their socials: Instagram at www.instagram.com/curryupcafe and Facebook at www.facebook.com/chefwongie.
Call them at (818) 347-4116 or log onto the website at www.curryupcafe.com