CoCo Curry House – Golden Japanse Curry Katsu

By Mark Wiens 14 Comments
Japanese curry katsu at CoCo curry house
Japanese curry katsu at CoCo curry house

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.

Pure comfort food
Pure comfort food

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.

After adding some relish
After adding some relish

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.

Rice, curry, egg, mushroom cream sauce
Rice, curry, egg, mushroom cream sauce

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.

Getting messy
Getting messy

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.

CoCo curry house at K-Village
CoCo curry house at K-Village

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.

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  • Benjamin

    6 years ago

    Mark any idea what is the opening hours?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Benjamin, they are mostly located in malls, so I think they would be open from about 10 or 11 am – 8 or 9 pm or so.

  • Vasin

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Nice review, you have many of them. And I like going through them. There are so many Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. There is one near my house it authentic and cheap. It’s in soi Sukhumvit 85. Let me know if you’re aroung this area.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Awesome, thanks for sharing Vasin, would love to try it down Soi 85!

  • Maria

    8 years ago

    Love you’re straight forward and honest reviews – well done.

  • wanderingeducators

    8 years ago

    Oh. Yum!!

  • Larry

    8 years ago

    I found this place out in Pattaya. It was pretty damn good and I’ve never even heard of Japanese curry before. I tried the spiciness just a tad to the right from the middle and it wasn’t that spicy so the next time I went all the way. Mistake. That stuff was hot. I almost couldn’t finish. Maybe I’m getting older.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Larry, glad you found one in Pattaya. Japanese curry is so wonderfully comforting!

  • Scott

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for reviewing Coco.

    I lived in Osaka for 4 years and ate at my local Inchinanya at least 3 times a month, and ordered what I called “Happiness on a Plate”.
    400 grams of rice, Karage, and cheese mixed in. Heaps of Curry gooey goodness, although not so good on the waistline.
    I look forward to trying Gold Curry when I visit again next month.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Scott, that’s a perfect name – man it’s so good! Yes, would be great to see what you think about Gold Curry. I’ve never been to Japan but I’m hoping to visit next year!

      • Scott

        8 years ago

        Japan will blow your mind Mark.

        • Mark Wiens

          8 years ago

          Hey Scott, I might have a chance to go to Japan early next year, I know my mind will be blown!