Is this the right path…? Two large log houses hide behind a small path surrounded by trees. The vegetables are locally picked, their rice the brown, sprouted, healthy kind, and their cakes are mostly all handmade. Kirikiri, a curry shop on Izu Oshima island only serves customers with reservations. Enjoy their healthy curry and pizza, good for both mind and body, while listening to the beautiful sound of birds chirping.
A drive between lines of trees, then arrival at the curry shop
Just 5 minutes drive from Motomachi Port, and 15 minutes from Okata Port. We spot the sign for Curry House Kirikiri, so we take a turn onto a small path. The road gets increasingly narrow, and we end up face to face with a forest of trees spread across in front of us. Is this really the right way? we wondered, but our map showed we were on the right path.
Determined, we gather some courage and keep going. We drive carefully, nervous about hitting a tree, and out of nowhere we come out into an opening.
There are two log houses. The taller one on the right is Kirikiri. The sign, mailbox, everything is handmade. Even the door is decorated with a cute little house.
The entrance to Kirikiri is on the second floor. Turning back as we climb the stairs, we see Izu Oshima in all it’s glory filled with greenery, and beyond that, the ocean. The idea of getting to eat delicious curry with this scenic landscape as a view, I couldn’t help but smile triumphantly.
▲You can choose to eat on the terrace
There is a lot of space inside, creating a sense of openness. Perhaps because all the tables and chairs are built from wood, my breathing naturally becomes deeper.
Food is pre-ordered at the time of booking, so on the day you only order drinks.
Our food order included one of the vegan items – a chickpea curry set, the classic chicken curry set, and ashitaba pizza which, topped with the island’s famous ashitaba herbs and camellia oil, is a dish unique to the island. Pick between rice or, for an additional 150 yen, naan bread to have with your curry. Other items on the menu include a chicken, chickpea and prawn mixed curry, and laver pizza.
▲Chickpea curry and chicken curry. The rice is a blend that includes sprouted brown rice.
▲Pizza topped with fresh ashitaba. Its strong aroma goes well with pizza.
The curry set comes with a salad, and Kirikiri is careful to use fresh ingredients for everything. They use local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. The curry is quite mild, so it’s perfect for those who aren’t a fan of spicy food. There’s just the right amount of chili for it to be good for health. The pizza, made with homemade natural yeast, is very soft with an addictive, chewy texture. The addition of fresh ashitaba cuts the fat, making it easy to finish the whole pie.
For dessert, they have raw brownies, highly recommended for vegetarians, and many other temptations. Most of the desserts are homemade, and yet the owner manages everything on her own. Due to high demand, it became too difficult for her to manage the place by herself, leading to the introduction of the reservation only system.