Blue Curry Adds Odd Color to Tokyo Cafe's Menu
In 1969, American pop-rock duo Zager and Evans sang "In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find...” Blue Curry?? "Check please! "
It may be too close to comfort but here in the year 2012, Tokyo's Tea Room 2525 is serving restaurant-goers futuristic food the same color as the weird bluish cereal astronaut Dave Bowman scarfed down in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bowman subsequently became the Star Child... eat some Blue Curry and you're on your own, buddy.
The late George Carlin once asked, “Where's the blue food?”, so it's a pity Carlin isn't able to enjoy Tea Room 2525's signature meal. You can, though it'll take a trip to Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district plus 700 yen (about $9) for the actual dish.
The cafe originally introduced Blue Curry last summer and it proved to be a popular draw, probably because of the novelty factor which had diners snapping pics with their cell phone cameras as they devoured the deep blue C. Ditto for this summer: the curry's hot but its color's cool, and by all accounts it tastes much, much better than it looks.
Curiously (curry-ously?), the dish is being advertised as “Blue Curry loss of appetite” due to a recurring news bite that states blue food appears unappetizing and therefore diners eat less of it. A brand of blue-lensed sunglasses was marketed a while back based on the report; now you can shake the shades and cut to the chase.
While Tea Room 2525 won't be organizing any All You Can Eat nights anytime soon, their unique way of creating a buzz deserves honorable mention at least. As for the Blue Curry itself, maybe it's just as well diners don't overeat food prepared with a generous helping of blue food coloring – that stuff tends to pass though relatively unchanged, if you know what I mean. (via Rinkya's Tumblr and Walker Plus)