In case you don't know what you'll be scooping up here, this shoulder-rubbing 52-seater Orchard Road branch is the 1,276th outpost of a regional-going-on-international curry house franchise. The plated half-gravy, half-rice experience is as customisable as its framework allows: pick from five levels of spice (the beef-based Hayashi is the only non-spicy sauce), over 30 meat and seafood toppings and portions of rice (by weight, from 150g to 550g). The crisp, dry-battered fried chicken nuggets with 203 grams of rice is good, but we aren’t quite sure about the pork cutlet with translucent processed cheese.
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One of the better Japanese Curry franchises
Singaporeans have a penchant for Japanese food, and their curry rice is no exception. Having several stores worldwide, Coco Ichibanya is the perfect place to go to get a reliable Jap curry fix!
Their Chicken Cutlet Curry has never disappointed me. Its cutlet is crisp without being oily, and the chicken is tender and juicy. The curry is saucy and flavourful, drenching the plump rice grains in an addictive sauce. By the end of my meal, my plate was left completely clean.
This restaurant also allows you to customize your dish according to how spicy you want it, or how much rice you want. My advice would be to stay clear of the spicier levels as the chili is so overpowering that it masks the sweet and slightly creamy tang characterised by Japanese curry.
Japanese Curry with a Singaporean twist
Coco Ichibanya was one of the first Japanese restaurants in Singapore to specialize in Japanese Curry. Just like many Japanese specialty restaurants, Coco Ichibanya serves a simple, no frills menu, just curry, rice, and a selection of meat. This way, you won’t be distracted from the star of the show, their specialty Japanese Curry.
Some Singaporeans don’t acknowledge Japanese curry as real curry because they are usually not spicy at all. However, Coco Ichibanya could change your mind. They have 5 levels of spiciness, and level 5 “Crazy Hot”, will satisfy even those who eat chilli padi as a snack.
Always my first choice for curry!
I've always been enticed by the tantalizing scents wafting right through the kitchen doors of Coco Ichibanya. I don't even know what took me so long to have my first try but all I could say after, was that it was really good.
There are quite a number of ingredients you can choose to be accompanied with your curry and rice. Things like chicken cutlet, oysters and vegetables would be the common few. I would recommend you guys to get the omelette curry rice with cutlet as that seems to be most worth it.
You get to choose the spiciness level too and of course I could only manage level 1 (bad tolerance). It's more spicy than you think so always opt for a level lower unless you're out for a challenge! The gravy often pools over and around the rice so you can have generous amounts of it with every spoonful. I like it that the curry is rich and flavorful. Cheers to all us curry-lovers on another awesome curry place!
Best Jap Curry in Town
I have been to this outlet several times and not once have I ever been disappointed by the food here. I really love the thick creamy texture of the curry and it is so good I could eat it alone with the rice! Of course, the best part about eating here is that you are able to customise your meal portions and the spiciness of your curry. This means that its food serving and curry can cater to the preferences of a wider audience.
I must say that the meals are also sold at a very reasonable price and you will be left feeling very full and satisfied at the end of your meal. The service is also prompt and in all my visits there, I have not met a rude staff.
The only thing that I may advise you against is from ordering the ice cream, unless you are really craving for some simple, sweet and wallet-friendly dessert. The dessert is literally one simple scoop of whatever they have that day accompanied with a small chocolate wafer. So if you're looking to fulfill some major ice cream cravings, bear in mind that the ice cream is nothing fancy and you should probably head to Coldstone further up the street. Otherwise, it is a cheap and sufficient alternative for a good balance to your savoury meal.
King of Japanese curry
Coco Ichibanya Curry House probably has one of the best japanese curry menu in Singapore. The variety of meat, curry, spicy levels etc is huge and one will definitely be able to customise your very own perfect plate of Japanese curry.
I like how I am able to choose the amount of rice and adjust the spicy level to something milder as I can't take spicy food very well. My personal favourite dish has got to be pork cutlet curry rice. The pork cutlet was extremely crispy on the outside, yet juicy and succulent on the inside. The curry was very thick and flavourful too, and matched well with the fragrant rice and crispy cutlet.
This place is a perfect option for curry lovers. The salads and desserts are also quite decent too, sure do check out this place if you can!
Good curry but be wise about choosing spiciness levels.
What's not to love about a place dedicated to serving Japanese curry? Japanese curries are unlike the typical curries in Chinese and Indian cuisine; it's creamy and typically only mildly spicy. But CocoIchibanya lets you decide how spicy you want your curry to be, so you can get both the delightful creaminess and richness of Japanese curry and the palate-burning spiciness more characteristic of Chinese and Indian curries, if you so desire.
But I personally wouldn't recommend, even for those who can take really spicy food, to up the spiciness level too high, that is, if you do not wish to detract from the full Japanese character of the dish. What I mean is that, if it gets too spicy, the dish on the whole may taste less like Japanese curry rice and more like "curry chap chai peng" from some mixed vegetable rice stall in a coffee shop. This, I will soon explain, but the point is, stick to low- to mid-level spiciness which, in my opinion, is the optimal range, in terms of spiciness level, for Japanese curries. This is so that the heat won't distract you from the flavour of the curry itself and its rich, creamy texture.
On our second visit, we chose quite a high level of spiciness because we could take spicy food quite well but, after a few spoonfuls, we felt the heat radiating in our throats and our palate was a little numbed, as a result of which the curry wasn't as delicious and flavourful as we recalled it to be. A few spoonfuls on, the dish was just pure heat. It was as though the chef added chilli padi or some weird pepper into our curry. And that level of heat was just totally at odds with, and nearly destroyed, the creamy, mellow character of Japanese curry. So our quibble about this place is its rather artificial way of spicing up their curry. They increase the heat but wreck the flavour.
But otherwise, we enjoyed the Japanese curry here. And it tastes even better with cheese.
Delicious Japanese curry!
I adore Japanese curry, so I was quite delighted when I discovered the existence of Cocoichibanya - a restaurant that sells only Japanese curry and specializes in it. Although there are several other Japanese restaurants in Singapore that sells Japanese curry, the thing about Cocoichibanya that set it apart from the other typical restaurants was the fact that it allowed its customers to customize their meal. Customers are allowed to choose the serving of rice that they want, as well as the spice level of the curry, such that the meal can be enjoyed according to the varying needs of each customer.
I am unable to take spice well, so I changed the spice level to mild in order to suit my taste buds. My curry turned out to be extremely pleasant, with the spice level within tolerable limits.
I would recommend Curry and Omelette - one of my favorites at Cocoichibanya. The omelette is runny and warm, and goes very well with the curry.
The service at Cocoichibanya is always prompt, and the food is always served up quickly. Definitely worth a visit for fellow curry lovers!