I discovered Volcano Curry through Scoutmob, a mobile application that provides 50% discounts on various restaurants and retail stores. Scoutmob is currently only offered in 10 or so of the larger cities across the United States, but if you live in or near a metropolis it’s definitely worth checking out.
Volcano Curry gives a darn good, simple, straight to the point Japanese-style curry served with rice and mixed vegetables. Their menu isn’t very extensive, so there’s not too much thinking it’s time to order. They offer several rice plates, sandwiches, and noodle soups to which you can add various toppings such as cheese, jalapenos, and onion croquettes. The toppings range in price from $1.00 for a boiled egg and $1.75 for calamari. Although some of the toppings seem interesting, I took my curry straight during my first visit to Volcano Curry.
The Fried Shrimp Curry and Chicken Katsu Curry rice plates were both really good. You can choose your own spiciness level (mild, medium, hot, and volcano). I got “hot” curry which wasn’t quite spicy enough for my taste, so I might try the “volcano” level next time around if I feel daring that day. Even lacking the desired spiciness level, the curry was flavorful and smooth.
The prices are VERY reasonable. The two curry dishes and a can of soda was only $8 or so after applying the Scoutmob discount. That’s cheaper than my typical McDonald’s run!
It’s a quick service type of restaurant where you order at the counter and seat yourself wherever there’s an empty table. Nothing fancy. The location is kind of a drag because it usually takes me at least 10 minutes to find parking in the area. There is a paid parking garage but I learned my lesson after being charged $25 for 2 hours. There is a lot of metered and street parking, but they’re usually all taken. Maybe I just don’t have a parking fairy on my side…
5454 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121