Baked curry rice Apr 26, 2012
Recommended Dish(es): Baked rice,curry,corn,corn soup
Value for Money4
Healthy and superdooper curry at CoCo Ichibanya Dec 12, 2011
As I am not a meat lover I have always wanted to try this place when I saw the reviews of the curry spinach and clams.
The first branch of this opened in Kwun Tong but there is nothing to do in Kwun Tong.
The setting and layout of this restaurant reminds me of Saizeriya, and their curries are a high end and more Japanesey version of Ginza.
Coco Ichibanya started off serving curries in Japan and then expanded internationally!
After browsing the menu, I was amazed by the choice they had from cheese curries to gratins!
Curries that I would like to try:
Natto beans curry
Clam and cheese curry
Okra and cheese curry
Fried quail eggs curry
Basically you can order the curries listed on the menu or you can create your own curry, but the first step is choosing the level of spicyness of the curry sauce, then how big you want your portion of rice to be, and finally the toppings.
The choices of ingredients for the curry was amazing, there were 28 which were: cheese, tomato and asparagus, kimchee, eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, clams, natto beans, okura and tofu, fried squid, thin sliced pork, vegetables, fresh prawns, fried fish, cream croquette, fried quail eggs, stewed chicken, bacon and spinach with butter, grilled pork and kimchee, crispy chicken, fried chicken, sausage, pork cutlet, prawn tempura, hamburger, chicken cutlet, seafood and thinly sliced beef.
For my curry I was greedy and wanted to try everything, so I chose the spinach curry as basic and added clams, okra and tofu and natto beans. I would have ordered fried Quail eggs too, but I forgot!
I've never seen fried Quail eggs before, so that would have been interesting.
As for the curry I chose not spicy and for the rice I chose 200g which is the smallest size and costs $5 less.
The ingredients I chose were all fairly light in flavour and would not overpower the curry.
As well as that, the ingredients I had chosen were beneficial to health!
Okra is diuretic and rich in oxalates, Tofu and Spinach are rich in Calcium, while Natto beans are rich in vitamin K, reduce bloodclots, cholesterol and are said to have antibiotic properties.
When the curry came, it was loaded with all the ingredients I had ordered.
I really loved the curry sauce, it was different to the curry at Ginza, the texture was similar to gravy with a prominent curry taste.
I was impressed because it was not sweet.
The ingredients I chose went well together because they were all light, and the Okra and Natto beans both had slimey texture.
It was a shame I forgot to order the fried quail eggs but I will next time!
Lastly on the menu I was surprised to see shaved ice, I assumed it was a Taiwanese dessert!
English menu: yes and there is a menu online as well.
Yummy factor: Brilliant
MSG levels: none
Value for Money5
my tick-tick-tick =D Nov 18, 2011
Expected a long queue when we tagged down "CoCo Ichibanya" as our dinner venue - but japanese curry, with deep fried pork cutlet, with omelette rice? This very combination is basically a tick, tick and tick for me ; the best of three worlds! Ecstatic to find someone as enthusiastic as I was and so the venue was set.
Did the queue bother us? Honestly - no.
When you foresee something 'difficult' ahead (the queue), don't be discouraged, do your best and plan ahead.
Of course, this I will not dispute, there are many other hopeless targets with unbearable, unimaginable long long queues; but the queue here (at least on that Saturday for us) was totally fine.
Planned ahead, we (party of 2) arrived at 6:30pm. Got a ticket and waited in the mall with a few other people. We got a table within 15 mins!
Nothing exciting at all. Clean. The restaurant area was bigger than I imagined; and I guess that balanced off the WAIT to be LONG but NOT INSANE. Did not look like a "traditional" restaurant to be honest, it felt more like a "commercialised" cafe.. (by this, I mean not a cafe which you would want to chill in..)
Again, nothing exciting and nothing terrible. Prompt and polite. No complaints.
I had ...!!
The deep fried pork was good; not too oily, crisp enough and the pork was tender. I must confess there are other better places specialising in that. But what I was served was good enough to please me =)
Curry - oh yum yum Japanese curry; not too hot and not too sweet. A bit hotter would be perfect to my liking.
Omelette rice - egg was not over-cooked, soft and smooth. Good! (rice was just rice lol)
And when the three met. Magic. Satisfaction.
My friend C had:
Being a cheese lover, I actually requested to add cheese to my "tick-tick-tick" (to make it a "tick-tick-tick-tick"). The waitress politely rejected my 'invention' and request, explaining that it would ruin the "texture" of the dish - to which, I must admit I agree.
When I looked out to the entrance, I saw the queue growing. No one rushed our meal and we were able to take our time, enjoy the food and catch up.
Life is full of drama, you can never plan for all circumstances and all contingencies.
But when you foresee something 'difficult' ahead, don't be discouraged, do your best, plan ahead and enjoy.
Recommended Dish(es): 咖喱吉列豬扒奄列飯
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)
Value for Money5
Wrong pick of dishes this time? Nov 01, 2011
Once we got the table, we sat ourselves down and ordered two set meals immediately, due to our excessive waiting time to have finely decided the best choice (which I later realised it was kinda a wrong decision). Looking at the branding of the restaurant, it was a very homey kind of Curry House, something that you would expect finding in somewhere around the corner of a high street in Japan, publicising the "home-made curry" and the "non-commerical" type of atmosphere. I was indeed influenced by this during my experience in Curry House Coco.
The soup was Onion Soup. Quite a strong flavour of onion and seaweed. The mini salad is really, rather mini, and just like any other typical petite salad you could get from the cafes. I couldn't emphasis enough how the feeling 'home-made' had been keep on popping up as I had my soup and salad!
To sum up, I really do think that I picked the wrong dish this time - never ever would I pick the Pork cutlet & Vegetable curry again! Instead, I should have picked some of the more famous ones such as the egg omelette curry or mushroom sauce curry? And I definitely have to try its ice-cream when I return, which was again, huge as I observed!
Note: Therefore, the judging for this food review is going to be based on the dishes I picked - but not the restaurant itself and the more famous dishes that I yet to try.
Stay tuned! I'm gonna write another review when I return to Curry House CoCo!
Recommended Dish(es): Clam & Tomato & Spinach curry
Table Wait Time: 60 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Oct 07, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD110(Dinner)
Value for Money4
Democracy with quirks Oct 02, 2011
We have been here a couple of times in the past month and have tried 3 different dishes. The curry with tofu is a bit plain (but that is how my wife likes it, and why she ordered it twice ), the curry pork cutlet is good, and the beef omlette is also good.
What I really like about this place is that is an example of democracy in action. You can choose exactly what you want, from how much rice you get to how spicy the sauce is. There is a list of toppings you can add to your basic dish, so you get to eat exactly what you like, with no surprises.
The only thing is that there are a few strange quirks here, such as:
1. The forks are really curved and can be awkward to eat with. At first I thought my fork was just bent out of shape, but then I notieced that all of them were the same.
2. The toppings are served separately and some of them are served cold, such as the corn. Why serve something cold that is going to be put on top of hot food?
If you can't be bothered to wait in line for the ramen place 1 floor below, this is a good starchy alternative.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Oct 02, 2011
Value for Money3
Sweeten and filling JCurry Sep 04, 2011
B and I always want to try this lovely and talk of the town japanese restaurant that recently landed in Silvercord Center.
This time,we could squeeze out and have a bite on it.
Around 7 sth, we reached and found quite a small crowd waiting for calling. We got the tickets and then walked around first (never know we could skip few tables already but the waitress could help arrange it and sit in bar area)
Okay, here we go, we were starving by then and thus, we added $15/each for the set (choose 2 out of 3, including soup of the day, veggie salad and ice cream).
Back to the delicacies, we ordered:
Veggie soup - which i think is miso soup, taste nothing special and surprise
Veggie salad in sesame dressing - It's fresh but not a WOW to me, but i always like any veggie combining sesame dressing, dressing penetrating the leaves
Mushroom x egg curry rice - WOW! I gave it the biggest WOW! It was definately mouth-watering (not only its presentation but the taste).
I am not really into spicy and Japanese curry is absolutely awesome! Extra with cream sauce and some freshly-cut mushroom on top, i felt like heaven and currently the best i have ever had!
But if more mushroom could be better and subliminate it!
B's choice - Deep-fried pork chop x curry rice - B gave me some pieces and i felt just okay, as the coating part was a bit thick and the meat ain't that smooth but chewy. I prefer mine~~~
Finally comes to dessert to round it up, 2 scoops for each with cookies and strawberry one. I like both of them and could eat fruit too. But since the rice already filled us 95%, we couldn't really finish our desserts!
P.S. Staff there seems so green, during the time we dined, two staff broke glasses......which was really.....not professional for us! Should train more instead or hire more staff ~~~~~~
Recommended Dish(es): Mushroom curry rice
Table Wait Time: 7 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Aug 31, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD75(Dinner)
Value for Money3
Smells great! Jul 20, 2011
The whole restaurant smells great as it was full of jap curry smell! I like their menu option of deducting $5 for the 200g rice option. You also get to choose the spicy level. from zero to seven if I remembered correctly. Basically if you don't want to have jap curry then don't come here since they really don't have much other option!
The pork slices jap curry rice was quite good, although not that much pork, just a few very thin slices, so I wouldn't say there's enough meat as a lunch.. however plenty of curry sauce to go with the rice. And of course my favorite is the vinegared red crunchy radishes that go perfectly with the curry sauce!
Spending per head: Approximately HKD70(Lunch)
Value for Money3
Ichiban Omelette Jul 18, 2011
I had a mushroom omelette curry with cream sauce while my dinner company had a pork cutlet omelette curry.
Did'nt get to try the pork cutlet one but my dinner company thought it was great.
The soup and the salad were just so-so, while the iced tea (w. lemon) and the ice cream (2 scoops, with some frozen fruits underneath) were great. I just love bitterly-tasted drinks .
Will defo have a come-back.
Recommended Dish(es): 雪糕,omelette
Table Wait Time: 30 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD90(Dinner)
Value for Money4