I am a big Curry fan and as soon as this place opened I was intrigued. I like all types of curries and Katsu Curry is definitely one I love to eat. There was always a queue when I passed this place and there was a queue this time round, it was a Saturday evening so me and my partner decided to wait. The queue didn’t take too long, it took around 15-20 minutes before we entered. When we entered, we were greeted by all the waiters/waitresses welcoming us and we were seated and hungry!

  • Food - 9/10
  • Ambiance - 8/10
  • Service - 8.5/10
  • Value for money - 7/10


A great Curry House, with so much customisability! Very tasty Curry, a must try if you are a Japanese Curry fan.

Website: www.ichibanya.uk/
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 3904 5633
Address: 17-18 Great Newport St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JE
Nearest Station: Leicester Square

CoCo Ichibanya Menu

Side Dishes

So we decided to get a side dish with the meal, they have a nice selection of food to accompany your curry. We went for the Seafood Basket which included Mini Fried Shrimp, Wedges and Bubble Fried Salmon with some ketchup on the side. They had other choices of food to accompany the curry such as a Chicken Basket, Naan Breads and Salads but the Seafood Basket took our fancy. The wedges were tasty and the seafood was great. I had never had Deep Fried Salmon before and it didn’t disappoint me. The Seafood Basket cost £7.90 and it was great to share between the two of us.

Seafood Basket (£7.90)


The great thing about this menu and place is that it is very customisable. You have many toppings to choose from and they all looked delicious. So there are several steps to choose your perfect Curry here, first you pick the type of Curry you want. I went for the Chicken Katsu and Vegetable Curry, while my partner chose the Eggplant with Vegetable and Spinach Curry. Step 2 you pick the amount of rice you want in grams. We both went for 250g which is the recommended amount, but you can have 200g (-50p), 250g, 350g(+£1), 450g(+£2)and 550g(+£3.) Step 3 is picking your spice Level. There are seven different spice levels, which are Mild, Standard, Level 1 (Medium Hot), Level 2 (Hot), Level 3 (Extra Hot), Level 4 (Super Hot) and Level 5 (Crazy Hot.) I am a big fan of spice and chose Level 3 as Extra hot sounded hot enough for me! It was a good spice level for me and if I went again I think I would stay at the same level. Step 4 is extra topping, so you can add any extra toppings to make your perfect curry at an extra cost. The Curry was delicious and a good spice level for me. The chicken was cooked very well and had a nice crispy crust, there was a good sauce to rice ratio too. 

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I decided not to order any drinks only tap water and they didn’t have a lot of choice for desert (only Ice Cream) so decided not to get any. Overall the food was delicious, I really enjoyed it and it was definitely a place I would visit again. The service was great, we felt very welcomed and when we left all the staff said goodbye and thank you to us which was nice. However it was quite pricey for  Curry with similar institutes not far from the location offering Japanese style curry for cheaper. 

CoCo Ichibanya Exterior
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