One Saturday afternoon, my sister and I made our way to Blank Cafe, located in south Williamsburg by the water on Broadway. Blank Cafe reminds me of a hip cafe that you might stumble upon in the back streets of Harajuku or Daikanyama in Tokyo. And indeed, this unique cafe not only looks the part, but also serves perfectly portioned and delicious Japanese curries and cafe sandwiches. My sister and I decided to share both the Chicken Curry and their sweet and savory Nanban Chicken Sandwich.
Nanban Chicken is a Japanese dish where the chicken is doused in Nanban sauce, a sweet and sour mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Nanban is a particular cuisine quite not Japanese, yet not entirely western. Some say it was the influence of the Portuguese that brought about this unique fusion dish. The roll used for this Nanban sandwich is also unique – almost like potato bread, it has a hint of sweetness, reminiscent of the Japanese bakery snacks my sister and I grew up with.
P.S. We also recommend the chicken curry that is plentiful in shredded chicken and spiciness.
25 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11249