Japan Eats: Coco Ichibanya, Japanese Curry Chain
Coco Ichibanya is a Japanese chain that started in 1978. It has rapidly grown to become a curry empire with over 1400 restaurant chains throughout the world. In fact, Coco Ichibanya holds the world record title being the largest curry restaurant chain in the world, according to the Guinness World Record. The high number of chain locations made it convenient to find and eat Coco Ichibanya’s Japanese curry throughout our Japan trip.
On the first day I arrived in Japan, Coco Ichibanya was my second meal. I was warmly greeted in Japanese and seated at a table. Although there was a language barrier, the limited service was excellent and efficient. Utensils and water was available at the table for self-serve.
Ordering is simple with the English Menu which included pictures of each meal. Coco Ichibanya conveniently has their menu online here with prices included.
- Choose your meal (pictured above: shrimp croquette curry)
- Pick your curry base - pork, beef or hashed beef
- Pick your rice portion - 200, 300, 400 or 500 gram
- Pick your curry spice level - mild/regular or 1 - 10 spiciness
- Pick your add-ons and toppings (optional) - additional cheese, egg, protein and more
If you enjoy the McDonald’s Ebi burger in Japan, you will enjoy the shrimp cutlet curry. The shrimp cutlet was crispy and delicious. The panko encrusted shrimp was fried perfectly and stayed crispy while simultaneously soaking up the mild curry sauce. After devouring the shrimp cutlet, I wanted another one! ❤
Don’t forget to add the table-side complimentary pickles. You can see the pickles in the clear container in the picture above. Pickles look like radish or turnip, adding sweet and savory crunch to your curry meal.
My second visit to Coco Ichibanya, I noticed the menu offered half size orders (pictured below: cream croquette with crab), a reduced portion for half the price. Also, half-size orders come with your choice of drink: tea, coffee or juice.
Coco Ichibanya is worth trying for their consistent standard of Japanese curry. Coco Ichibanya is a budget-friendly restaurant with selections that can satisfy hungry locals and travelers. When ordering, just point at the pictured English menu and your order will be served efficiently!
Cuisine: Japanese curry
Price Range: 300 yen to 900 yen
What to Order: Shrimp croquette curry
Overall Impression: Coco Ichibanya serves consistent budget-friendly meals with English menus available, with various convenient locations throughout Japan.
Pro-Tips: Ask for an English menu. Add the complimentary pickles to your curry meal. Order half size orders for reduced pricing. Certain locations are open 24 hours.