Saturday, 11 July 2015

[Food] CoCo ICHIBANYA Curry House | 1 Utama

I've been always a big fan of Japanese Curry because it's tasty and not spicy at all. But things gone a little bit different after a famous Japanese curry restaurant, CoCo ICHIBANYA stepped into Malaysia because they have Japanese Curry with 5 different levels of spiciness! Like finally, this is for those who loves Japanese curry (like me) but want it to be more spicy.

This world largest Japanese curry house from Japan, with more than 30 years of history since 1978, was well known in most of the countries in Asia. They've finally reached Malaysia and had their first Malaysia branch in 1 Utama Shopping Centre, PJ and another one in Queensbay Mall, Penang.

Some display of the food outside the restaurant which look almost real! Are you drooled? XD
And do take note of that big word there!

CoCoICHIBANYA, the famous curry house from Japan was well accepted in many countries. 1,245 branches in Japan and other countries such as USA, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, which made it reach the number of 1,350 branches worldwide and named as "The House of Japanese Curry"

The restaurant looks small but it able to fit a maximum number of 65 persons.

Just a brief one to let you know what they serve. In this menu, you get to choose ala carte which includes Curry with Meat, Curry with Seafood, Curry with Omelette, Curry with Vegetable, Curry with Others (Spaghetti, kid's set, soup...) and even Salads! (Most of them served with Japanese rice)

So let's wait no more and get into the food that we've tried and tested, shall we?

But before we start, just gonna let you know about my spiciness standard so that you can compare. I don't eat spicy, but I love those food like Penang Curry Mee, Hokkien mee and Laksa with just a little bit of add-on curry/chili in the soup, and that's it! Yup, a Penangite that don't eat spicy. Don't laugh please XD

#1. Beef Yakiniku Curry | RM23 

The first one we tried is the 'warm up' session I can say. The curry sauce of beef yakiniku is just the standard level like we normally tasted in other Japanese restaurant, but the taste of the curry actually melts my heart because it's really good! Beef is my favourite meat of all, and the beef yakiniku served is very tender and delicious as well.

#2. Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry | RM26 

The second dish was served with level 1 curry sauce. The crispy pork cutlet in curry is something that you can normally see in other Japanese Restaurant, but not with the omelette! I tried the omelette before the pork and it never disappoint me! The texture is perfect and it taste really great with the curry! I'm loving both the toppings but let's talk more about the curry.

The level 1 curry sauce is still acceptable for me a person who don't really take spicy food. I couldn't say that it's completely spicy-less, but it's light and mild. It's suitable for those who love curry but can't take too much spicy food like me!

#3. Wagyu Beef Steak Curry | RM48

Another curry served with Wagyu beef. Surprisingly I love this more than the beef yakiniku as it's a little bit thicker and juicier, and tastier to bite. For this dish, the curry sauce was upgraded to level 2. It started to feel a little bit of burning sensation on my tongue at this level, but still considered acceptable.

#4. Creamed Mushroom Omelette Curry | RM23

The words 'Creamed' plus 'Mushroom' are something that got me so excited for this dish! I always love omelette poured with any types of creamy sauce because this combination was just so HEAVEN. And anyone's a mushroom lover as well? Let's share this together, but definitely not at level 3 curry sauce because it's burning me already!

#5. Grilled Squid with Mayonnaise Curry | RM24

Now let's move on to level 4 curry sauce, and the real kick is finally here! It's already burning me hard at this stage, how can I survive at level 5?! By the way, the spiciness actually did not came directly in my mouth, but after 10 seconds!

#6. Additional Curry Sauce (Level 5!)

Finally we've reached the level 5! The level 5 curry sauce was served in another 'Magic lamp' instead with the dishes because they afraid that some of us can't take too spicy. Great decision because I'm one of them. But I actually felt that level 4 is even more spicy than level 5. Why har?

So what makes this restaurant the largest Japanese curry house besides the wide selection of ala carte Japanese curry meal, you can also customize your own meal with your own standard of curry levels, the amount of rice and toppings if their ala carte doesn't impress you enough! Moreover, you can upgrade your meal to set meal with some side dishes by choosing the 3 set choices below.

If you're just accompanying your friends for a lunch but you can't take in any spiciness, they have a few non-spicy options such as salad, soup and spaghetti. 2 plates of salads were served for us to chill our taste buds.

#7. Smoked Salmon Salad Goma | RM10

How can you considered to be a Japanese curry house when there's no Salmon served?! This plate of smoked salmon salad has gotta be my saviour after the fire in my mouth. The vege were surprisingly very fresh and tasty. It was served along with an extra Goma (Sesame Sauce), but I rather not to dip my salad in it because I don't like sesame.

#8. Bacon and Pumpkin Salad Goma | RM8

Can I say that bacon is everyone's favourite except for me? Not sure why but I just don't really like bacon although I love pork. This actually leads me not loving bacon in the salad because I felt it's weird, but thanks to the existence of pumpkin in it. The pumpkin taste really awesome as it was sweet and fresh, and it feels solid instead of soft and slimy! For this salad, it was served with Goma and Japanese shoyu sauce, and I didn't tried them as well.

Now let's move on to some of our favourite beverages that we ordered!

Matcha milk shake for the matcha lover (me lah)! My must-drink beverage after all the spiciness! Yummzzz

[From left to right] Lemon Tea (RM8), Mango Peach Juice (RM9), Lemon Soda (RM9)

Last but not least, thanks to the owner for the complimentary Matcha & Vanilla Ice cream (RM12) to cool us down before we leave with a red tongue!

So far I'm loving all the dishes I've tried include the desserts and beverages! If the price of the dishes is not that high (it is to me), I would definitely consider to have my lunch or dinner there every week because as I said, I'm a big fan of Japanese Curry! Would love to try out their spaghetti with curry in it, so special so tempting!

CoCo ICHIBANYA Curry House

Lot LG 333A, Lower Ground (New Wing),
1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Contact: 03-7732-8937

Operating hours: Daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm

Price range (for main course): RM18~48

Thanks for reading till the end! Let me know if you've tried out this restaurant and please let me know any other restaurant that serves great curry as well! <3


  1. wow..Nicole so many choices, I am hungry now.

    1. Haha I myself felt hungry all the way while I was writing this post as well XD

  2. The creamy mushroom omelette and the grilled squid with mayonnaise look nice !

    1. I know right! And the portions are very big!

  3. Wow i like your latest pinkish template! Keep on your blogging journey ya! PS: your pics make me drool!

  4. really wanted to try japan curry but this one non halal. ishhhhhh...I was sitting at kluang Station and saw this restaurant.

    1. Awww that was too bad. Hopefully there will be halal japanese curry soon. :)

  5. Grilled Squid with Mayonnaise Curry look like very nice~

  6. Every dish looks so promising man *.* /drools