Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, often called Coco Ichi among japanese people, is a chain of restaurants inaugurated in 1978 with branches all over Japan, and today there are more than a thousand restaurants. In recent years the group has expanded its business to other Asian countries and to the United States.
having lunch at Coco Ichi near Ueno station, Tokyo
What can you eat at Coco Ichibanya?
It is easy to guess that this chain of restaurants is exclusively specialized in one of Japan's modern dishes, curry rice.
At Coco Ichi you can choose several different curry rice dishes, each of them with different ingredients (potatoes, eggplants, pork, beef, chicken, fish, etc), and also customize your dish to your liking by choosing the type of sauce (beef sauce or pork sauce), the level of spiciness, the quantity of rice, and any extra topping.
The most popular dishes are, among others, rice curry with tonkatsu, with sausage and cheese, with chicken and vegetables. There are also some vegetarian dishes available.
In addition to curry rice, you can order salads, corn soups, desserts and drinks.
curry rice with tonkatsu on the left, curry rice with sausage on the right
Menu and prices
Coco Ichi is generally considered a cheap restaurant where to eat. However, curry rice is usually a cheap dish everywhere, and there are a lot of less famous or family-run curry restaurants that are slightly cheaper than Coco Ichi.
Almost all the dishes on the menu cost between 650 and 900 yen.
An useful information about this restaurant: it is really easy to order for foreigners who do not understand Japanese, as the menu is written in many languages: Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Korean.
At this link you can take a look at the full multilingual menu.
Where to find Coco Ichibanya restaurants
At this link you can see the list of all Coco Ichibanya restaurants scattered around Japan by region. This page is only in Japanese.
this is how a Coco Ichi restaurant usually looks like from outside
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