Most of my meals in Japan were the cheap and cheerful and a highlight for me was this dinner at CoCo Curry House – a chain of restaurants that specialise in the popular yōshoku dish, Japanese curry rice.
Options are aplenty. Diners are invited to customise their curry from their favourite flavour to the level of spiciness (mild, regular and spice levels 1 – 10!), portion size (200 – 600g), toppings (garlic bits, hard/soft boiled egg, corn, tuna, potato, tomatoes, bacon, eggplant, fried quail eggs, natto, omelette, fried fish or cheese) and add-ons (stewed/fried chicken, cuttlefish, vegetables, stewed shrimp, mushrooms, cream croquette with crab, spinach, pork cutlet, sausage, minced meat cutlet, hamburger, tonkatsu and more)!

CoCo Curry House in Japan specialises in the popular yōshoku dish, Japanese Curry Rice

Most branches are fairly small with just a handful of stools at the counter.
I start with the potato salad (280円), a scoop of creamy Hokkaido Shihoro potatoes floating on a light bed of green leaves, with corn kernels and shavings of cabbage and carrot. It comes with a choice of three salad dressings – the original house dressing, a sesame dressing and an oil-free vegetable dressing. Delish!

CoCo Curry House, Japan - potato salad

Thinking I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in a repeat visit to CoCo Curry House, I opt for the specialty handmade tonkatsu curry (880円). The pork is lavishly juicy. The coarse panko breadcrumbs wraps around the succulent meat evenly and adds a delicious crunch to each bite. Meanwhile, the curry (I just have the regular), is so flavourful with just enough spice to stimulate my tastebuds. I’m glad there’s enough curry to drown my tonkatsu but I’m definitely trying a higher spice level next time!

CoCo Curry House, Japan - tonkatsu curry

The boy has the thin-sliced pork curry (680円) with fried quail eggs (150円). This is his second visit in one day, having had it for lunch as well and his well-demolished plate at the end of the meal says it all.

CoCo Curry House, Japan - curry with deep fried quail eggs

CoCo Curry House, Japan - interior, fast-food setting

Don’t let the fast-food setting turn you off. The service here is fast and efficient and the food is fresh and absolutely satisfying.

CoCo Curry House, Japan - at the Nanba branch, Osaka


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CoCo Curry House
日本, 大阪府大阪市浪速区難波中1丁目18−10
(Near Namba Station, opposite Swissotel Nankai Osaka, Japan)
Phone: +81 6-6633-9155
For other branches, visit their official website –
Web: www.ichibanya.co.jp/worldwide

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
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I Only Eat Desserts
I Only Eat Desserts

I absolutely love coco curry - the deep fried quail egg one was my all time favourite. Bah, having bad curry withdrawal symptoms looking at this post :P

Christine
Christine

Ah, memories! The Coco Ichiban Curry House is practically one of my fave places on earth. Every time I visit Japan I try and go as many times as possible! love love love it! (Also the english menu haha).

JENIUS
JENIUS

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Henry
Henry

long time reader first time poster just a word of warning; next time you're there don't order the 10. Being a chilli/ spice nut i made the mistake of doing so and halfway through my meal i was almost in tears! of course if you're a sucker for pain and in need of a good challenge then go nuts!

Jen
Jen

Yup! mild, regular and spice levels 1 - 10! wish i had enough time to try all the spice levels...hehe... which did you try?

Jen
Jen

I had a potato curry salad at a different restaurant during this trip too... it was spectacular!

Simon @ the heart of food
Simon @ the heart of food

The tonkatsu looks awesome! Did they have varying heats at this store? Went to curry house in Tokyo where they had varying heats with the hottest one being so hot that they would try to dissuade customers from ordering it.

missklicious
missklicious

I love cheap and cheerful Japanese food! The potato salad would have been one of my choices too.