Japan’s Favourite Katsu Curry House Has Opened In Covent Garden

CoCo Ichibanya

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
Photo: @walkwithacamera

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.

CoCo Ichibanya
Photo: @cocoichibanyakoreatown

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.

Featured image: @c_micheline

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