We Filipinos are so much of a food lover that our taste buds embrace whatever exquisite entrée enters our shores. Just a few months ago another famous restaurant opened in the newly built Estancia mall in Pasig city, Japan’s pride “Curry House Coco Ichibanya”.
Coco Ichibanya had its first restaurant opened in the outskirts of Nagoya Japan January of 1978. Ever since then it has mushroomed branches to various places, a majority of which found in Asian countries with a total reaching out to 1,404 restaurants as of May 2015. It was January of 2013 when it was certified as the largest curry restaurant chain in the world by Guinness World Records. It has become popular for the variety of curry dishes it offered.
Curry (/ˈkʌri/, plural curries) is a dish whose origins are in South and Southeast Asian cuisines. The common feature is the incorporation of complex combinations of spices or herbs, usually including fresh or dried hot chilies.
What differs a Japanese curry from a Filipino curry? Japanese curry’s basic vegetables are onions, carrots and potatoes while Filipino curry’s are usually cooked with coconut milk.
So what is in Coco-Ichibanya?
The restaurant is unique in a way that it provide customers the freedom to customize their selections. Here are the steps you can use when you’re ordering.
Step 1 – Choose your rice size.
200g (-20 Php) this is equivalent to 1 cup of rice 300g (Standard price)
400g (+40 Php) 500g (+80 Php)
600g (+120 Php)
Step 2 – Choose the level of spiciness of your curry.
1 Medium Hot 2 Hot
3 Extra Hot 4 Super Hot
5 Crazy Hot
Step 3 – Choose your toppings or you can choose from some of their suggested pairings. Their choices vary from pork, beef, chicken, seafood and vegetables.
Step 4 (optional) – After the above selections, you may want to have it changed to a set meal which will include a choice of soup, mini salad, drink or dessert. Each choice would also have an additional amount with it: 2 choices (+80Php), 3 choices (+100Php), 4 choices (+130Php). Since we were starving for lunch but aren’t really that hungry from the great amount of food we ate the night before, we just opted to have two kinds of curry dish: Pork Cutlet and Vegetables Curry & Hamburger and Ripe Tomato Curry.
The Pork Cutlet and Vegetables Curry was one of their best-sellers. Unlike the unusual thin pork cutlets that are coated mostly with flour/breading, Coco Ichibanya’s the exact opposite. You’d be hyped with its thick meat which you can cut through easily, coated with just enough breading. The vegetables that came with it was very soft.
The Hamburger and Ripe Tomato Curry was also delish! The burger patty’s flavour was just right, that it would also have been enough to eat just that even without anything on it. The ripe tomatoes that came with it were also superb that it added to the flavour of the patty, much more the awesome taste of the curry.
Each meal costs at around 300 to 500 pesos per plate which is a bit costly. But even with that the taste has given justice of the price it offered. Will drop by the place again for the other dishes and probably try to upgrade to a set meal so we could try the soup and desserts.
COCO ICHIBANYA PHILIPPINES
B-006, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave. Cor. Shaw Blvd, Pasig City
Facebook: CoCo Icibanyan PH
Telephone: +632 696-1649
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