The last curry I reviewed came from a sushi restaurant. I found it a bit lacking, and I chalked this up to the restaurant’s focus being sushi rather than curry. This time, I’m very pleased to share that a sushi restaurant can have an exceptional curry.
This week, my partner and I got delivery from Sei Sushi in San Diego. I was surprised to learn that Sei is located in a shopping center I pass by often, though I had never seen the restaurant itself.
We ordered delivery, and I’m glad to note that Sei packages their curry just like Zen does, with the sauce separate. While this does create a little more packaging waste, this is a super way to make sure the fried chicken cutlet doesn’t get soggy on the way to the customer! My only gripe was that this hot curry was in the same bag as the sushi. Given that it was a short trip to our location, though, I’m willing to overlook it.
Sei Sushi’s curry is the first one in which I’ve had potatoes, carrots, and chicken katsu all together at once. This is something I’ve been hoping to see since the beginning, and I’m rather fond of it! Curry without vegetables can still be good but it’s extremely pleasant to have them along for this katsu curry. The carrots were extremely tender and flavorful, but the potatoes were a bit on the large side and not soft enough for my liking.
Sei’s katsu is also very good and crisp. Maybe not the absolute best I’ve ever had, but still up there for sure. It came with lemon, which is nice, but I found I didn’t really want it for curry.
The sauce is very similar in taste and texture to the sauce from Zen Curry, being bold and slightly spicy but with noticeable sweetness. The curry sauce is thick, at the perfect consistency to my taste. I think to most people, it would be difficult to taste the difference between Sei and Zen’s sauce, though Zen’s is still better.
Sei Sushi’s curry gets a 9.8/10 for me. It’s almost nearly perfect, but it can’t replace Zen Curry as my favorite just yet. But given that Sei is much closer to me than Zen, I can imagine myself becoming a repeat customer very easily.