Throughout my entire life, I’ve been a little more than obsessed with all forms or Japanese food, and while I absolutely love sashimi, I’m also a huge fan of Japanese curry.
Luckily in Bangkok there are a few places to get Japanese curry, Gold Curry Bangkok, being one I ate at a few months back. Another huge chain, with locations around the world is CoCo Ichibanya curry house. They have a number of locations around Bangkok including Terminal 21, MBK, Siam Paragon, K-Village shopping center, and others.
Though the menu is rather extensive, when it comes to restaurants like this, I prefer to go with the simple specials… in this case the chicken katsu with curry and rice.
For the curry we ordered the spicy version, which wasn’t very spicy at all, but still good.
The dish came on a white plate, not quite as cool as a metal saucer like at Gold Curry.
They gave a generous amount of curry sauce on the side, a pool of the beautiful brown gravy. Right in the center of the rice and the curry sauce was the neatly fried chicken katsu cutlet.
And just because it looked so tempting, we had to order the rice curry omelet with mushroom cream sauce.
A pile of rice was wrapped in an egg, similar to the pad Thai at Pad Thai Thip Samai, doused in super cream mushroom sauce, and then the same Japanese curry sauce was added to create a moat around the creation.
Yes, it did get a little messy, but it was sure worth it. The combination was fantastic, though in the end I started getting a little riched out from the heavy cream.
Like I mentioned above, overall I like to keep it simple at these sorts of chain restaurants.
The Bottom Line
I guess everything we judge or test is by comparison, so I won’t try to not compare it to Gold Curry.
I can definitely say that the CoCo curry house Japanese curry katsu is wonderful, but overall I think Gold Curry has the slight flavor edge. However the chicken was perfect, crunchy on the outside and half in the curry sauce, half not, and I really liked that they gave a generous helping of curry sauce.
Prices – You’ll pay 160 – 200 THB per dish
Here are all the Bangkok locations.