The recent incident involving an Indian family cooking curry and a PRC neighbour who found the smell of curry too overwhelming for their nasal caused quite a stir and Singaporeans showed their love of curry by participating in the Cook-A-Curry-Day. We, Singaporeans, love our food, especially our curry!
With over 30 years of experience in serving up mouth-watering Japanese curry, widely-recognised food chain, CoCoIchiBanya Curry House, has over 1,275 outlets worldwide, and counting – Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, America, with Singapore debuting its first outlet on October 1st, 2011.
CoCoICHIBANYA not only dishes out delectable Japanese curries with an extensive menu of over 30 toppings, they do it in the style that customers want, offering a high level of customization. You can select from 3 different curries – Original, Mild (a non-spicy vegetable curry) or a non-spicy Hayashi sauce made from high quality beef. You can also decide the level of spiciness for the original sauce (from 0-5) and choose to reduce or increase the amount of rice according to your appetite for the day. The serving of rice is 250g by default, but if you choose to reduce it to 150g, $1 is deducted from your bill.
Japanese curry deviates from the curry that we Singaporeans have been accustomed to, bearing only the slightest resemblance in terms of taste, smell as well as texture; it is peppery-hot instead of sweat-inducing hot, and contains no coconut milk. At CoCoIchiBanya, Level 5 would still be acceptable to most Singaporeans since we’ve been known to incorporate chilli in most dishes.
For a first-timer, starting out at Level 3 would be a safe bet.
I thoroughly enjoyed the non-spicy mild vegetable curry that would be suitable for children. I had a bowl to sample and I almost drank it like soup! Although it is seasoned to go well with rice and thus was a tad salty to have on its own, it was so tasty that I had to refrain myself from licking to the last drop.
The menu looked so enticing with its colourful pictorials with an extensive choice of items including chicken katsu, tonkatsu, seafood, pork shabu, beef shabu, cheese sausage, salmon croquettes and hamburgers to name a few.
Hashed Beef Curry with Mushroom ($13++)
Spice adjustment is not possible for the Hayashi Sauce; it is a non-spicy sauce made from high quality beef stock with a tomato-base. The sweetness and slight acidity of the tomatoes shine, amid the thinly sliced beef and mushrooms. It is slightly thinner compared to the other curries and doesn’t feel heavy on the palate; I’ll definitely recommend it as a healthier choice.
Grilled Bacon, Spinach and Corn Curry ($11++)
The greens certainly did not look enticing to a non-vegetable eater like myself, but this rendition certainly won me over. The spinach was soft and tasty and made for a wholesome meal together with the proteins and carbohydrates.
Fried Chicken Curry ($11++) + Boiled Egg ($1++)
The Fried Chicken Curry consisted of tender bite-sized chicken, from the thighs, I assumed from the moist and tender texture. Fried to a perfect crispy exterior, it remained crispy despite sitting out for quite awhile while I sampled the other dishes.
You could add a Boiled Egg (+$1++) for a more satiable meal. Other toppings available are Tuna and Corn (+$1), Cheese, Eggplant, Kimchee, Bacon, Spinach, Ripe Tomato and Clam (+$2).
Salmon Cream Croquette Curry ($12++) + Shrimp Cutlet (add-on) ($4++)
The Salmon Cream Croquette Curry boasted a crispy breaded golden brown exterior that encompassed a smooth, creamy interior. The texture of salmon disappeared into the creaminess of the patty, but I was not going to complain because this dish was delicious!
If you fancy another dish on the menu but don’t wish to order it with another portion of rice, you may choose an add-on for an additional $3 to $4.50 depending on your choice.
Pork Cutlet Curry with Cheese ($14++)
The Pork Cutlet Curry with Cheese surprised me with the mozzarella that stretched as I lifted a piece of pork off the plate! The pork was slightly too lean for my liking, but I loved how the breaded crust remained crispy after so long.
The combination of cheese and curry made for a brilliant move.
Creamed Mushroom Omelette Curry ($13++)
Here comes the crowd pleaser, the Creamed Mushroom Omelette Curry.
Everyone who has tasted this dish has given nothing but raves and positive comments! I’m no exception. The creaminess of this dish was highlighted with the fragrant rice encased in the perfectly cooked omelette; no tough, overcooked, rubbery eggs here. This mouth-watering dish was highly irresistible!
Mango Orange Smoothie ($6++)
Mocha Shake ($6++)
To soothe the tinkling taste buds from all the spices, a selection of beverages are available.
I tried the Mango Orange Smoothie that was both rich and thick, as well as the Mocha Shake that was not too sweet.
You won’t have an extensive selection of desserts to choose from.
3 flavours of Ice Cream are available – Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla (3 scoops for $7, 2 scoops for $5)
The strawberry ice cream tasted more like a sherbet that was not too sweet and slightly sour.
I spotted some vanilla specks in the vanilla ice cream; this certainly proved the quality of ice cream that they used!
The chocolate ice cream has to be my favourite; it tasted so similar to Hagen Daz ice cream! I was so tempted to ask where they got their supply.
Note: Melissa dined here a guest of the CoCo ICHIBANYA.
313 Orchard Road
#B3-25/27 313 @ Somerset
Tel: +65 6636 7280
10am – 10pm (Mon–Fri)
10am – 11pm (Sat–Sun & PH)
About the Author
Melissa Koh is interior design trained, with a strong passion in photography and food. Her dream is to travel the globe, experiencing different cultures, food and art, documenting every moment on camera. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org}