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Enjoying my curry at Jakarta’s Curry House CoCo Ichibanya

 

If there’s only one curry chain in the world that you can trust, I believe it’s CoCo.

I do, though mostly because they don’t serve pork :p1

 

With a bold portfolio of over 1,300 stores worldwide, starting from Japan to Hawaii (and throughout the US), China, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and now Indonesia, you can be sure they’ve got something fab in stores that’s got the whole world demanding more of it.

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Though this is my first time giving it a try, I’ve heard the hype about CoCo from people who’ve resided overseas, saying it’s a must-try if you love the saucy condiment. What made me curious was also the buzz it’s created around town since it’s first opened a couple of months ago.

I didn’t notice this until I finally sat down on my seat, but the modest interiors might get you second-guessing about CoCo’s quality. Let me tell ya – it’s far from dingy. The whole space was fully installed with super strong and bright lighting, a feat if you’re the Asian who likes taking pictures before eating (hehe), and the neatly rowed wooden furnitures make for the space’s austerity. These earthy accents don’t compare to the warm greetings and services you’ll receive as soon as you step beyond the threshold. The whole time, the staff was attending to us “briskly, sharply, and with a smile”2.

For a while now, 10 and I have been hunting for THE curry rice a la Japanese we can always go to in Jakarta, and none so far have beaten the orgasmic ones we’ve tried elsewhere overseas.

With CoCo here, it’s safe to say that we can finally pinpoint our find.

I was delighted to see that everything on the menu looks legit. The curry rice dishes are served with everything that fills your heart’s content, from omelette, meats, seafood, veggies, to a mix of all those.

10 had a standard serving of the house favorite  chicken cutlet omelette curry (IDR 65,000), which he gobbled up real clean, leaving no last morsel for the dishwasher to do the extra work.

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The white meat was perfectly cooked to the point where it’s just tender enough for the molten lava to sink in. Texture-wise, it’s like a bulky, feathery cushion brushing against the walls of your mouth with hints of sizzling spice. Unlike those in other places, the curry itself strikes a perfect balance between solid and liquid. I also love that the omelette was cooked in the way that’s true to the Japanese – it was salted minimally so that a curried bite of it won’t taste overtly salty to taste.

I, however, had the pleasure to enjoy a curry meal that was customized to my liking. You, too, can enjoy your plate with as many toppings as you’d like on your curry rice.

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I had mine with just 150g of white rice and hammered by an inspiration from the Indians’ Palakh Paneer: Cheese curry (with a Level 1 spiciness) and spinach.

As always, dairy’s invariably wicked for me.

Bits of melted cheese were on every twist and turn as I was stirring the curry with the rice till they all blend. Even as I eat, it feels like I’m having pizza because I always have the extra cheese oozing out of the blend as I pull out a spoonful.

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Doesn’t look like it, but even before 10 gets halfway through his plate, he’s stolen spoonfuls from my curry more than he can chew. There’s a healthy balance of cumin’s stinging power, chili’s spiciness, cinnamon’s sweetness, cheese’s glories (milky and salty), along with spinach’s bitterness.

I think at the end of the day, dairy will always be the magic ingredient that contains my heart. In this case, it’s set against the backdrop of Jakarta’s best curry rice eatery thus far :)

 
 
 
Coco Ichibanya
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
West Mall, Level 3A, Unit E0 01-1
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10230
(021) 2358 0960
www.ichibanya.co.jp/english/index.html
 
Operating Hours
M-S 10:00am – 10:00pm
 
 
 
 
 


Stace

 
 Footnote(s):

  1. Don’t kill my piggies!! []
  2. They were beyond living up the catchy company motto. []
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