Sunday, 22 December 2013

Coco Ichibanya @ Bugis Plus

Coco Ichibanya at Bugis Plus features a modern ambience with fitted lights in dangling metal circles and a high ceiling. It is a casual Japanese restaurant and their food items features everything curry!

At Coco Ichibanya, the concept is such that you can customize your order following the main item that you have chosen. First, select the dish that you want from the menu. Next, select the quantity of rice that you want. Lastly, choose the level of spiciness for your curry. The spice adjustment ranges from Mild to Level 5. You can additionally select toppings to go with your curry rice too.

I like the idea of a customizable menu because it caters to people with varying appetites, besides their individual tastes and preferences. If you are feeling less hungry, opt for less rice and pay a dollar less!

Strawberry Smoothie $6
I was recommended to have this and decided to go ahead with it even though I am not a fan of strawberry drinks. I did not regret getting this because it was good! The smoothie was really smooth and well blended. It was sweet yet not over the top and it was very refreshing too. Besides strawberry smoothie, they have a few other smoothies to offer on their menu as well. 

Chicken Cutlet with Omelette
Spice adjustment: Level 0.
Level 0 is not the lowest level of spiciness available. Mild (level) is for kids so I suppose level 0 has the slightest bit of spiciness in it although I could not feel any bit of spiciness at all. If you love curry but cannot tolerate spiciness, level 0 will definitely be manageable for you. The omelette was a really thin layer but it did not break easily and held the rice well within. The skin of the chicken cutlet was rather crispy but there was a noticeable layer of fats under the skin which I did not like. If you are fretting over choosing the chicken or pork cutlet, perhaps you can try the pork cutlet first. 

Thin-sliced Boiled Pork Curry $11
add Spinach +$2
Spice adjustment: Level 1
The presentation of the dish may not be visually appealing but the combination was good. I love the idea of adding greens in my curry (seems like a healthier option too right?) Even though the taste of the spinach was quite subtle, it was nevertheless a healthy and tasty addition with the boiled pork. 

Pork Cutlet Curry with Cheese $14
Spice adjustment: Level 2
The cheese complemented the pork and curry well. Half melted cheese covered half of the pork cutlet, giving it a well-balanced spread. Add cheese if you love cheese! I would not say the pork cutlet was superb but what drew me to this dish was the delightful combination of cheese and curry.

Salmon Cream Croquette Curry with Mushroom $15
The croquette had a crusty exterior and a soft interior. While the taste of the cream was not distinct, the salmon's taste was noticeable after the second mouthful. We had this at Level 3 and it was really shiok! Level 3 was spicy for me but still tolerable. My face got red after eating this but it probably is because my face gets red easily. Level 4 is probably the maximum I can go. Of course, I am all game to step out of my comfort zone and try level 5 though it will be a challenge to me to finish the entire dish.

Their meats may not exceptionally good but it is the delicious curry that keeps customers coming back. If you are a curry lover, you should check out Coco Ichibanya. 

Disclaimer: This is an invited food tasting session but opinions are my own.


Coco Ichibanya
Bugis+, 201 Victoria St #01-10, Bugis, 188067

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