You may have seen one of the 1,275 restaurants worldwide, especially at Bangkok’s MBK and Central World where it has a huge presence. Yes, CoCoICHIBANYA Curry House has finally arrived to Singapore, and at one of my favourite malls 313@Somerset.
I have walked past the basement 3 corner vacant space for a while, and am finally satisfied to find that it is now selling all-things Japanese curry. CoCoICHIBANYA (CoCo = Here, Ichiban = No.1, Ya = Shop) has been around more than 30 years, and has the record of most number of curry branches around the world. What took them so long to come here?
Like all decent bubbletea shops, the key feature of CoCo Ichibanya is that it allows customers to customise their rice in the following ways.
– Spicy level from 1 to 5
– Rice from 150 gram to 550 gram
– Different kinds of sauces such as spicy, non-spicy Hayashi hashed beef
– Addition of toppings from the usual boiled egg, cheese, bacon, corn spinach to the stranger clams, fried squid and kimchee
To play it safe, I had a pork cutlet curry with cheese ($14.00) on Level 2 spiciness with 150 grams of rice. The good news was I got to eat less carb and even had a $1 discount. The rice arrived in a huge plate with my rice swimming in a half-filled pool of hot curry. I was glad this shop was generous with their gravy because that is the way I like it.
The curry sauce was indeed thick, tasty and a tad spicy – so good that I finished all of it (minus the rice). The pork cutlet though, was slightly too tough and lean for me, and could do with more tenderness.
The other must-have is the creamed mushroom omelette curry ($13.00). The smooth runny egg plus a combination of spicy-sweet Japanese curry with creamy mushroom sauce will send you on a sauce high.
If you are wondering if Level 5 curry would make you high, I finished another bowl of that gravy – full of shiokness, tongue burning, face blushing and head sweating. A must-try.
CoCo ICHIBANYA, 313 Orchard Road, #B3-25/27 313 @ Somerset, Tel: +65 6636 7280
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon–Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat–Sun & PH)