Coco curry Ichibanya is a quick casual Japanese style dining restaurant in Singapore. The branch I visited is their Plaza Singapura branch. It is essentially a sit down Japanese curry restaurant. Let’s see what’s on with a dine-in.
Coco curry menu selections are simple and revolve about permutations of their fired chicken katsu and pork rice. These are served with rice and flooded with generous servings of curry. The restaurant ambience is chill and white, it does give it a clean look. You are seated in one of the many booth-like seating and have tabled service.
On menu options, the thing to go for here are their chicken, pork and beef offerings. For starters we have their Curry chicken. For chicken offerings, you have 3 choices, namely stewed chicken, chicken cutlet and fired chicken. Dishes range from 10.29 for their stewed chicken curry with rice to their spicy teriyaki fried chicken ($12.04). The spicy teriyaki is a take on their popular Fried chicken curry rice ($11.04). Also recommended is their Chicken cutlet rice ($11.54), a personal favourite of mine. Your dish comes heaped with shredded lettuce by the side and goes great with their sauces.
Furthermore, the same is the case for their porky offerings. In place of Chicken cutlet are pork cutlets ($11.54), as well as pork dumplings rice ($10.04) of their sausages ($10.29). The dish to go for here are their pork cutlet.
Moreover, Coco curry Ichibanya beef selections includes thinly sliced beef, stewed beef offers large chunky cuts of soft chewy beef cubes which is much easier on the throat compared to their fried cutlet. Interestingly there are also beef meatball offerings.
Additionally, you have the choice to add addition condiments such as cheese or upgrade to brown rice from white rice for $1.50 and $1.00 respectively. You also get free flow of green seaweed as well as water when dining in.
Interestingly, if you have a craving for Omu rice, their omelette selections are not too bad too. You can have your eggs paired with a rather hearty combination of chicken cutlet, pork dumplings or vegetable stews, tad bit like a combination meal. Speaking of combination meals, if you fancy a mix of beef with vegetables, chicken or beef or even twice the dose of fried chicken cutlet, Coco have you covered.
These larger dishes set you in the range of $12.29 for their base pork sausage and spinach combo dish to their stewed beef and beef cutlet combination for $16.04. I found they are all rather affordably priced under $20 per person.
Notably, I had tried Coco curry on a trip to Japan before. However, it is not like the cushy sit-down setting we see here in Singapore, but rather a counter bar style one where you quickly pop in a meal and out after pre-paying for your meal. Also, you can see your meals prepared behind the counters.
All in all, Coco curry Ichibanya does pretty much what they does best. Building on what makes the establishment such as hit in Japan itself, offering quick no-frills casual dining with a good price to boot.
Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid
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Japanese Curry Restaurant
Plaza Singapura, #03-73, 68 Orchard Rd, 238839
Opening Hours daily: 10am–10pm
Extended hours Fri and Sat: 10am–11pm