In search of a place in north Austin to meet a childhood friend for dinner, I stumbled upon Ryu of Japan that supposedly served Japanese curry. There’s a story behind my love and appreciation for Japanese curry, which I do classify as comfort food. It’s sweeter and thicker compared to curries from other cultures. My first taste came from a mom and pop place near my college campus called E&E Café. I was so disappointed that they closed after I moved out of California and, as with pho, I yearn and search for that homemade Japanese curry that had such a good balance of sweet curry spices. So when I heard there was a Japanese restaurant in Austin that served curry I couldn’t help but try it out. It was served much in the same way that I remember with steamed rice and chicken cutlet. The curry was good as it was thick and sweet, however, it didn’t quite have the balance of sweetness I was looking for. I may be looking for something I may never find again, but this was a good meal that temporarily satisfied my curry craving.