As a big fan of CoCo Ichibanya here in London, (Check out our review on it :P) we had to fit it into my itinerary during our trip to Tokyo. With over 1000 branches of CoCo Ichibanya around Japan we knew they must be doing something right, so we were thrilled to get a taste of the famous curry in Japan. In Tokyo there are 2 branches of this famous chain which are Halal. It is easy to notice which branches are Halal as the exterior is colored green in comparison to the non-halal branches which were colored yellow. We dined at the Curry House in Akihabara, alternatively the other Halal branch was situated in Shinjuku. So after a long morning of walking and sightseeing we were excited to tuck in.
Food - 8/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value for Money - 8.5/10
The Halal Version of a very popular chain in Japan
Price Range: ££
Address: Japan, 〒101-0023 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kanda Matsunagacho, 16 内尾松永ビル １Ｆ
Telephone: +81 3-6260-8667
Nearest Station: Akihabara
The restaurant was relatively small and cozy. When we entered we were the only people visiting. The seats are by the counter so all of the food being cooked was on display, which is a cute touch. One of the great things about this restaurant is the customizability of the food. All curries can be selected with additional topping and add-ons. Also to be decided is the amount of rice, and the spice level of the curry. A mobile charging port, is also by each seat giving your phone some much loved power if required. Pickles and some spice powder are also available if needed to help enjoy your meal!
The menu came with a varied selection of curries to choose from; from different types of Tuna, Chicken, Seafood, Beef, Cheese and Vegetable it was hard to pick which was the choice for me. In the end I opted for the Chicken Sausage Curry which came to ¥794, however that didn’t seem to be enough for my liking. Therefore I decided to combine it with vegetable as an add-on to combat this. The Vegetable add on cost an extra ¥270, other choices of add-ons include different meats, cheese and corn. I decided to just stick with the curry but there were some tempting options of sides such as salads fries and fried chicken :O. I decided to stick with the base price of the rice which was 300g if you wanted less rice can order 200g which will save you ¥50. On the other side of the scale if you were really hungry you could order 400g rice for ¥120 extra or 500g for ¥240 extra. I also decided on a level 5 spice level but you can choose all the way up to 10. This will cost you an additional fee, the regular spice will keep you at the base price. Spice level 1 is a further ¥20, Spice Level 2 ¥40, Spice Level 3 ¥60, Spice Level 4 ¥80 and finally spice level 5-10 is an additional ¥100.
I love the food here, the way the curry fills half the plate with rice on the other also pleases my OCD! The food is tasty and gives you everything you wpuld like in a Japanese Curry. The sausages were nice but I think I would of preferred a chicken cutlet instead, but still a tasty choice. The vegetables also complimented the dish perfectly as well too. I recommend combing vegetable or another add-on such as cheese to the curry as it gives the meal that extra dimension of flavour. The service was fast, luckily we visited at an odd time during the day and the place was vacant. The shop is quite small though so don’t be surprised to wait if you do visit, but definitely worth waiting for. It was lovely watching them make the Curry for you, which is the ideal warm up before chowing down to a great meal. If I visit Japan again I will definitely be going back to CoCo Ichibanya.