CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review

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CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review


A Flavorful Adventure: Exploring CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City


Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts! Join me as I take you on a culinary journey through one of Bacolod’s newest dining spots, CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA. Nestled within The Pavilions at Nara by Rockwell Bacolod, this Japanese eatery promises a delightful experience for curry lovers. And of course, I’m not embarking on this gastronomic adventure alone – I’ve got my trusty “blogger’s cast” (a term coined by Jojo Bayona) with me, including my good friends  Lei Lani Dusaban, Sonny Cabahug, Jojo Bayona.

Exploring the World of CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA, lovingly called CoCo Ichi, stands as a renowned Japanese dining destination cherished for its mastery in crafting delectable curry dishes. Born in the culinary hub of Aichi Prefecture, Japan, back in 1978, this beloved establishment has blossomed into a global sensation, with its flavorsome offerings spanning across borders to countries like the United States, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

CoCo Ichibanya prides itself on delivering a personalized curry experience, empowering diners to tailor their meals to perfection. From choosing the ideal level of spice to selecting tantalizing toppings and complementary side dishes, every aspect of the culinary journey is curated to individual tastes. The menu boasts an extensive array of curry delights, ranging from traditional Japanese curry served with fluffy rice to innovative variations featuring crispy tonkatsu or succulent shrimp. Renowned for its diverse selection, CoCo Ichi caters to a spectrum of preferences, from those seeking mild comforts to adventurous souls craving fiery sensations.

L-R: Lei Lani Dusaban, Yours truly, Jojo Bayona and Sonny Cabahug

With a dedicated following both at home and abroad, CoCo Ichibanya has earned acclaim for its affordable yet flavorful curry creations and its commitment to customization. Delving into the heart of Japanese curry, CoCo Ichibanya’s spice blend showcases a harmonious fusion of ingredients like turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and cinnamon, enriched with subtle sweetness from fruits like apple or honey. While the core flavors remain constant, the spice levels are adjustable, ensuring each diner embarks on a curry adventure perfectly tailored to their liking. With its commitment to culinary excellence and a dedication to serving unforgettable dining experiences, CoCo Ichibanya continues to captivate curry enthusiasts worldwide.

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review

Salad Selections at CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA

To kick off our meal, we dive into the salad offerings, opting for both the Fried Squid Salad and Mixed Salad.  The Fried Squid Salad offers a delightful contrast of textures, with succulent pieces of squid delicately encased in a crispy breading, resting atop a bed of crisp, refreshing greens.

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review

In contrast, the Mixed Salad presents a colorful medley of fresh vegetables, each vibrant component contributing to a symphony of flavors. Enhanced by a flavorful dressing that elevates the natural goodness of the ingredients, every forkful of this salad promises a burst of freshness and satisfaction. With the opportunity to further customize our salads with tantalizing additions such as boiled eggs and tuna, each bite becomes an exploration of taste and texture, setting the stage for a memorable dining experience ahead.

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review


Now, onto the main event –

Shrimp Curry Rice Gratin: Our journey through CoCo Ichibanya’s culinary delights led us to the irresistible fusion of Japanese curry and gratin embodied in the Shrimp Curry Rice Gratin. A symphony of flavors unfolds with each bite, starting with a generous base of CoCo Ichibanya’s renowned Japanese curry, teeming with rich, customizable spices. Atop this savory canvas lie plump, succulent shrimp, their juicy essence mingling harmoniously with the curry sauce. Beneath it all, a bed of fluffy white rice awaits, ready to absorb the flavorful medley above. But the pièce de résistance comes in the form of the gratin topping—a creamy concoction of cheese and sauce that blankets the dish, its golden crust adding a tantalizing crunch to the ensemble.

Fried Chicken Omelette Curry: Next on our gastronomic expedition was the Fried Chicken Omelette Curry, a tantalizing marriage of textures and flavors. Crisp, golden-brown pieces of fried chicken stole the spotlight, each bite yielding a delightful crunch that gave way to tender, succulent meat within. Nestled within a fluffy omelette, the chicken found its perfect complement—a creamy, mild counterpart that enhanced the dish’s overall richness. Generously coated in CoCo Ichibanya’s signature Japanese curry sauce, the ensemble boasted aromatic spices that danced on the palate with each savory mouthful. Served alongside a bed of steamed white rice, this dish promised a well-rounded and deeply satisfying dining experience.

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review

Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry: Meanwhile, the Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry offered a similar culinary journey, albeit with a twist. Here, the crispy breaded pork cutlet took center stage, its tender interior enveloped in a fluffy omelette that provided a creamy contrast to the meat’s savory depth. Bathed in CoCo Ichibanya’s signature curry sauce, the dish burst with robust flavors that mingled seamlessly with the pork and omelette. Accompanied by a serving of steamed white rice, this dish promised a symphony of tastes and textures that left a lasting impression.

Pork Cutlet Curry: We also indulged in the classic Pork Cutlet Curry, a beloved favorite that needs no introduction. This dish mirrors the Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry, sans the fluffy omelette accompaniment, showcasing the same tender and crispy breaded pork cutlet bathed in CoCo Ichibanya’s signature Japanese curry sauce. It’s a timeless choice that never fails to satisfy, offering a hearty and flavorful experience that epitomizes the essence of comfort dining at CoCo Ichibanya.


As we indulge in our curry feast, we opt to upgrade our meal with the Soup of the Day. While the Onion Soup without cheese may lack the traditional cheesy topping, its savory broth, and tender onions still delight our senses. Though I must confess, a hint of cheese would have elevated the experience further – but hey, you can’t win them all!

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA in Bacolod City : A Review


Review: Service and Overall Experience at CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA

Our visit to CoCo Ichibanya was a flavorful journey marred by some notable lapses in service. Although the staff greeted us with warm smiles, our dining experience was somewhat disrupted by several hiccups. Our orders arrived in a slightly disjointed manner, with one of our salads inexplicably served last and missing its dressing entirely. Furthermore, despite upgrading for dessert, the anticipated treat of ice cream was disappointingly absent until we reminded the staff after settling the bill. These lapses, while minor, did detract from the overall enjoyment of our meal. However, despite these shortcomings, the remarkable flavors of CoCo Ichibanya’s dishes managed to shine through, leaving a lasting impression on our taste buds.


As we bid adieu to Curry House Coco Ichibanya, our bellies full and heart’s content, we reflect on the myriad flavors and experiences that have graced our table. From the robust curry dishes to the fresh salads and hearty soups, each bite has been a testament to the culinary craftsmanship of CoCo Ichibanya. While there may have been a few bumps along the way, our dining adventure has been nothing short of memorable, leaving us eager to return for another round of curry-filled delights. Until next time, happy eating!

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