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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Coco Ichibanya Curry House | One Utama

I was talking about this curry house for a few months, finally found it! It is not the Indian curry house but the Japanese curry house. CoCo Ichibanya finally reached Malaysia and it is opening in One Utama. It is the largest Japanese curry restaurant chain in the world and locally owned by the Fuji Group — the master franchisee of the brand in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. 

What so special about this shop? Basically they specialise on the Japanese Curry, everything you can find with the curry sauce. I love the one I had in Osaka, hope it will taste the same.

There are two menu books- main dish and beverage. Complimentary of plain water will be given, so you can skip the beverage menu. However, you can still try their green tea or green tea latte in packet.

There are steps to guide you how to order your curry rice. You can always add or reduce your rice portion. They even charge you lesser for smaller portion! Next, you can choose the level of spiciness, scale from 0 to level 5. Be careful when choosing the spicy level, it does make a lot of different. Lastly, you can opt to add more curry gravy, just a few more ringgit in it. 

Besides, if you can't find any sets to your favour, you can customise your own curry rice. You can add any toppings in your plain curry rice as stated on the menu below. If you are big eater, I recommend you to add some toppings, the portion is quite small.

Lightly Crisp Chicken Curry- RM 20
We wanted to try something different so we ordered the crisp chicken instead of the pork cutlet. We were quite disappointed with the chicken portion, it is barely the size of my hand. On the other hand, we saw the pork cutlet size were big (standard size). And both of them just RM 1 different in price. We ordered this dish with Level 4 spiciness since we wanted to try how spicy Japanese curry can be and we regretted. It is really spicy and he was sweating while eating. The spicy taste actually came from the spice mix in the curry. However, the taste still incomparable than the one we had in Osaka, quite similar but still not good enough.

Grilled Spinach, Bacon and Corn Curry- RM 20
I always wanted my curry rice to have some vegetable and it is a dream come true now. I can now order my curry rice with spinach, no longer just meat + curry rice! I actually love this dish but the portion of vegetable and bacon is too little. I understand the highlights is the curry but I do love to have more ingredients to go with the curry. For this dish, I ordered the original flavour of spice, it is definitely not spicy at all.

If you are a Japanese curry fan like me, you should try out CoCo Ichibanya. Although the taste still far apart from the curry rice I had in Osaka, but it is the best alternative I can find in KL so far. Definitely I will come back again but might need to add some toppings for the next visit. Now I understand why they offer toppings in the second page. *cheer*

Lot LG 333A, Lower Ground (New Wing),
1 Utama Shopping Centre.
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

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