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Monday, March 9, 2015

Coco Ichibanya in the Philippines!

The biggest curry chain CoCo Ichibanya has arrived on our shores! It's currently making waves as they opened their first branch a little over a week ago at the Estancia Mall in Pasig. From the time that we arrived at 11:30 am until we left at around 2:00 pm, people just kept coming and going. 

Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati, Manila

Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

We had to wait for about 30 minutes before finally getting seats. Perfect. Just in time for lunch!
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati
pickled plum and spicy powder
In selecting your meals, here are some things to consider:
1. Rice quantity: Do you want more or less rice? Less rice (100g less) reduces total cost by P20 and if you want to upgrade the standard 300g to 400g, an additional P40 is required. 500g and 600g are also available, at additional P80 and P120 each.
2. Curry sauce spiciness: How would you like your curry sauce? Mild or Crazy Hot? They have 5 spiciness levels available namely Mild, Standard, Medium Hot, Hot, Extra Hot, Super Hot and Crazy Hot. Crazy, right?
3. Set Menu: Would you like to add a drink, soup, salad or dessert? If your answer is all of the above, an additional P130 can cover all these (it's such a good deal!). Selecting 2 out of 4 requires an additional P80, 3 out of 4 for P100.
4. Toppings: Add-ons available are corn, ripe tomato, boiled egg and tuna at P50 each. For a variety of prices (P80-P180), you can even double the amount of protein on your dish. Check out the options on the menu at the bottom of this post.

Tender pork cutlet served with rice wrapped in omelette. You won't go wrong with this.
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Pork Cutlet Omelet Curry [Php 360]
I asked for the best seller and took their advice. This cheese filled burger patty is so succulent, it's literally melt-in-your-mouth. I made sure to set some portion aside so as to enjoy the flavours of the burger without sauce. I've never had hamburg curry this good! The vegetables were perfect complements to my meal, adding texture and much needed fiber. The rice was perfectly cooked -- glossy and tender, not at all sticky. I don't even have to say it, their curry sauce was impeccable.
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati
Cheese Hamburger Curry with Veggies [Php 460]
Drool-worthy.
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

For an additional P80 (2 Choices Set Meal add-on), we were able to add soup and dessert to our meals. It's a good deal especially if you're eyeing to end the meal with some ice cream, which costs P100 per serving ala carte. My son loved the soup with his kiddie meal.
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati
Bacon Clear Soup
 The ice cream was rich and creamy. Odd combination of strawberry and cookies and cream though.
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati
2 Kinds Ice Cream [Php 100]
For my 19 month old, we ordered the Kids' Curry Meal which came with kiddie utensils and plastic dining set.
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What I love about it is the variety. It's the best trick to entice my son to eat more :D We made sure to add a side of corn (his favorite) for P50, and to separate the curry sauce in case he doesn't like it.
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

The feedback? Awesome food, service and ambience. They were fully staffed and supported by Japanese store managers, and I was told that the Japanese CEO was also present. It's definitely worth lining up and going the extra mile for.
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

We were given complimentary tumblers towards the end of the meal. What a treat! We're surely coming back to try out other dishes, food combinations and spiciness levels!
Coco Ichibanya, Pasig, Curry, Japanese, Restaurants in the Country, Coco, Ichibanya, Manila, Philippines, San Juan, Rockwell, Makati

They are opening their next branch in Rockwell soon, with construction starting on May. Other branches lined up will be in Greenhills and in BGC. I'm excited to have more accessible locations around town!


Coco Ichibanya Menu (Click to enlarge)




Coco Ichibanya Philippines
Address: 
B-006, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Meralco Ave. Cor. Shaw Blvd, Pasig City
Contact:
Telephone: +63 2.6961649

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