Saturday, February 28, 2015

CoCo Ichibanya Curry House @ 1 Utama

Japan's biggest curry rice restaurant chain has finally embarked on its first Malaysian foray, bolstering a cross-border network that spans more than 1,300 outposts in the U.S., China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand & Singapore.

Coco Ichibanya at 1 Utama sticks to the chain's tried-&-tested formula - customers can customise their curries by selecting toppings, rice quantities, sauce quantities & spice levels (1 is 'medium hot,' 5 is 'crazy hot'), enabling endless permutations.

Pork cutlet's the top recommendation, chunky & tender (RM21); we topped it with grilled pork, kimchi & cheese (RM9 surplus) & chose a sweat-spilling 'Level 5' of spiciness. The curry's creamy & fairly flavoursome, while the rice proves a satisfactory foil.

Clam & tomato curry (RM22) with an extra egg (RM3); seafood options abound, with shrimp, squid & salmon all also available.

Vegetarians can eat their fill too, thanks to the spinach & eggplant platter (RM23), best enjoyed in the mildest, most mellow curry sauce, with a sweet savouriness that caresses the palate without too much tongue-tingling. Pretty basic comfort food.

Curry omurice comes with omelette-wrapped rice surrounded by hashed beef in a tangy gravy, not quite our favourite (RM25).

 Green tea lovers can revel in matcha milkshakes (RM11) or made-in-Thailand matcha lattes (RM8). Service is pleasant & efficient at CoCo Ichibanya Malaysia, which expects to launch its next outlet later this year at Penang's Queensbay Mall.

Curry House CoCo ICHIBANYA Malaysia
LG333A, Lower Ground, New Wing, 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7732-8937

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19 comments:

  1. Not crazy about Japanese curry but don't mind having it once in a while for a change. The name reminds me of the name of one of the former PM's, also Ichi something.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, it's nice to have a variety ... japanese curry recipes can be amazingly satisfying, and i have terrific memories of some of them :)

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  2. Yea, not really too fond of Japanese curry too but i am good for once a while, i like the way they presented the egg plant lol

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    1. Ken: eggplant definitely works well in all sorts of Asian curry combinations! :D

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    2. Hi, where I can get halal Japanese curry in KL?

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    3. Aidid: there's one called Iwata at Encorp Strand Mall in Kota Damansara :)

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    4. for halal food, Muslims should stick to Malay food and avoid all other cuisine halal food as sometimes they mixed with non-halal in terms of cutlery.

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  3. I am not fond of curry, Sean, but the photos are lovely. :) Once I went to a place here in Montreal (about 30 years ago) called The Curry Inn. It was an Indian restaurant, right? Anyway, I asked them for the MILDEST curry...and I still found it too hot and spicy and I ended up drinking like 6 glasses of water. Since that experience I have not been a fan of curry. LOL. :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, i can empathise, since my tolerance for spicy food has ebbed over the past decade. my favourite curries are the ones that are creamy, very flavoursome but too fiery :)

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  4. We tried once in Japan! Mr. LFB loves Japanese curry. :D

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    1. CK: ooo, hopefully if you visit this Malaysian branch, you'll enjoy it (almost) as much as the Japanese outlet :D

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  5. Japanese curry has never enticed me. I guess competing with a country that have such good Malay and Indian curries is not to their advantage! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, actually the best sorts of Japanese curry rice recipes are fantastic. it's all about getting the curry correct, and then making sure the rice and the meat are top-notch too :D

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  6. Man, that level 5 got me sweating like sweat is going out of fashion.

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    1. Wen Da: ooo ... supposedly there's also a secret Level 6 that brave customers can ask for :D

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  7. I can predict this is another queuing restaurant soon :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, not so sure, since i'm not sure whether there are many fans of japanese curry :)

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  8. I love the Level 5! Gotta go back to try the Omurice with Pork cutlet. Yum!

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    1. Kelly: wah, you kuat tahan pedas, haha ... level 5 was one level too high for me :)

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