(Food Review) Coco ICHIBANYA, 1Utama.

by - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I am always a fan of Japanese food, even Japanese curry rice!
I love the not-too-overloaded sweetness in the Japanese curry with appropriate level of spiciness.

Do you know the Japanese use apple paste in their Japanese curry?
That is why Japanese curry tastes lighter but not too bulky like other types of curry in Malaysia.

I was invited to the grand launch of Coco ICHIBANYA, 1Utama along with other MHB members and the founder.
I was among the first few to try their Japanese curry rice. 

This is a very new concept in Malaysia to have an outlet specially for Japanese curry rice.
Guess what? Quite a number of people don't know about Japanese curry.
I saw their puzzled looks when I mentioned "Japanese curry".

MHB members - Yours truly, Kate Lee, Kelly Siew, Sharon Loh, Stephanie Lim.

Supermodel Amber Chia. TV Host Gary Yap, Orange Ning and Julie Woon.

CoCo ICHIBANYA’s tagline is “The tastiness you can choose” where you get to customise your meal based on your preference and appetite – from the spiciness level of the curry, to the various toppings, and even the amount of rice. There are 7 different levels of spiciness for the curry, starting from mild for kids, the signature original flavour, and from level one’s medium hot to level five’s “crazy hot”.

There is a selection of over 30 meat and seafood varieties to choose from including chicken, beef, pork, prawns, clams and more, and some are paired with toppings such as egg, corn and croquettes. If you’d like more toppings just add-on what you want or if you want more/ less rice, simply order the amount that is right for you.

On the menu are also some fusion items like spaghetti with curry meat sauce, curry gratin and curry pilaf, while for those who don’t eat spicy food there are also non-spicy options such as seafood spaghetti with cream, creamy corn soup and salads. Have some juices, coffee, teas, soft drinks, floats, milkshakes or even beer to go along with your meal and have a sweet ending with some Matcha or vanilla ice cream!

Some of their signature dishes:

 Seafood Spaghetti RM22

 Grilled Spinach, Bacon and Corn Curry RM20.00

*Signature Star dish* Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry RM26.00

 There are 5 levels of spiciness available. I personally think level 3 is just nice for the aroma, spiciness and taste. 

The spiciness of level 3 does not overwhelm the aroma and taste of the Japanese curry gravy. For people who love to challenge the maximum spiciness can go for level 5.

For people who can't take spicy food, you may stick to standard which is level 1 and enjoy the taste and aroma of Japanese curry.

 Fried fish curry RM25

 Fried Chicken Curry RM20.00

The chicken cutlets were crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
Perfectly accommodated the Japanese curry gravy.  

Coco ICHIBANYA serves more than what I posted. For full menu, please click HERE!

The CoCo ICHIBANYA branch in 1 Utama seats a maximum of 65 persons in the 128 square meters restaurant which exudes a casual, friendly and unpretentious ambience. Folks in Penang, look out for the second outlet which will be opening in Queensbay Mall soon.

I had a wonderful experience dining at Coco ICHIBANYA even though I was served with only few dishes but I will definitely going back for their Japanese omurice!

I had my Japanese curry rice at Coco ICHIBANYA, have you?

*burp* *oopsy*

CoCo ICHIBANYA is a non-halal establishment which serves pork and beer.

CoCo ICHIBANYA is located at:
Lot LG 333A, Lower Ground (New Wing),
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Telephone: 03-7732-8937

Operating Hours: Daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm

CoCo ICHIBANYA is a restaurant chain owned by Fuji Group, the company of Fuji Japanese Restaurant in Thailand, and for more information, head over to http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/english/index.html

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