It’s katsu all day erryday at CoCo Ichibanya.
December has been a banner month for buzzy Asian food arrivals, hasn’t it? Barely two weeks after the London debut of the ‘world’s best dumplings‘, CoCo Ichibanya have opened a joint in Covent Garden. For those who’ve never heard of CoCo Ichibanya – which, until five minutes ago, included yours truly – it’s widely regarded as Japan’s favourite katsu curry restaurant. Certainly explains the 1100 restaurants they’ve got over in Japan, and yesterday, the UK joined their katsu empire.
CoCo Ichibanya have thrown open their doors to serve all katsu everything to hungry foodies. And when I say “all katsu everything”, I really do mean it. If you’re used to seeing chicken, pork, or veggie katsu, you haven’t used your imagination enough, because this restaurant is on a mission to prove there are katso many more options. And nope, I won’t be apologising for that one.
Your dishes are customisable, with diners able to vary the levels of spicing, sweetness, rice portions, and most intriguingly, toppings. Tired of the usual panko-breaded chicken? Why not top your katsu with beefburgers, sausages, fried squid rings, or even scrambled eggs? Some of the combinations are admittedly a little bonkers, but the unconventional approach has worked for Jollibee, so we’ll give it a chance. Variety is the spice of life, after all…
Find it at 17-18 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JE. Nearest station is Leicester Square.
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