Making Leblanc Curry From Persona 5

If you’ve ever played any version of Persona 5, chances are you’ve thought about how delicious Sojiro Sakura’s curry and coffee sounds. I know I’ve felt that way, so when Atlus sent along a promotional package for Persona 5 Strikers, which included a recipe card for curry inspired by the owner of Café Leblanc’s specialty dish, I knew I had to try making it for myself.

Thankfully, I already owned many of the ingredients to make the curry thanks to my pandemic-long dive into cooking a diverse array of recipes, but there were definitely several spices and a few veggies I needed to pick up before I could start the long road to curry. After my quick supply run, it was time to dive in.

The curry itself is robust and sweet, with the grated apple shining through many of the flavors. Also, forewarning: Be ready for your kitchen and surrounding rooms to smell amazing for the next 24 hours. You should also be warned that the whole process takes about two and a half to three hours, so make sure you don’t try and whip this dish up an hour before you’re hoping to eat!

Check out my step-by-step gallery and descriptions of how each part of the recipe card shown above went for me.

Kitchen Supplies

  • 3 medium pans
  • 1 large, heavy-based pan with lid
  • 1 small to medium pot with lid (for rice)
  • Cutting boards
  • Utensils include at least 3 spoons and 1 rubber spatula
  • Measuring cup and spoons for tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon
  • Kitchen knives
  • Grater


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 apple, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cm piece of ginger, grated
  • 500 g (1.1 lb) cubed stewing beef
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 200 ml (0.84 cups) red wine
  • 600 ml (2.53 cups) beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 g (~1 tbsp) chocolate
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 75 g (~ 1/4 cup) plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 10 g (~ 3/4 tbsp) butter
  • For more on the Persona 5 games, check out our review of the vanilla RPG, the upgraded Royal, and the action-driven sequel, Persona 5 Strikers.

    Disclaimer: The promotional package mentioned in the introduction of this article included a reusable coffee cup, a fabric mask, a bag of coffee beans, and the recipe cards for Leblanc-inspired curry and tips on making coffee with a French press. All ingredients were purchased at the expense of the author.

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