I’m glad this is one of the only places in jax and southeast Florida that makes Japanese Curry! We met both the owners who are husband and wife and are the only people who run the place. Through our night, we learned that they are Indonesian but wanted to bring a new cuisine to Jacksonville so decided to open Umami Curry. Not only did they come by our table to ask how the food was but they were kind and were accommodating.
This place is small but there is a sense of familiarity and comfort when coming by here. Not included in the menu pictured below, they have okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes $5).
I ordered the pork katsu curry rice which was divine. The mom informed us that there are about 5 levels of spiciness and level 1 was mild, level 2 was spicy. We decided on spicy and oh boy, the flavor kicked. The crispy Katsu chicken melted into the curry and although it was a lot more spicy than expected, it was nonetheless delicious. The fresh greens and veggies cooled down the hot dish. I throughly enjoyed it but if you think you can’t handle spice, stick to level 1.
The place is beautiful, the mom and pop restaurant simply made my experience 10x better. I hope to come back soon!