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Jan 15, 2013 12:37 AM

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya...

... is apparently coming to Brentwood, replacing the Rubio's Fish Taco. It'll be right next Izakaya Hachi (which I've never tried).

I tried searching for posts about the place, but I couldn't find much. What have people's experience been w/ the other LA (county) locations?

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  1. the curry is ok. i prefer the crispy chicken over the tonkatsu.

    1. their food is ok. I tried a few locations in japan and I felt that the quality/taste of their curry isn't good enough to drive out of the way for

      I love the customization though

      1. i agree with jasongg06.

        luckily there is a cocoichi very close to me, so i don't really drive that far to go to one.

        i'd probably compare it to in-n-out in terms of quality, except with curry and not burgers, obviously.

        my go-to item is chicken katsu with cheese, spice level 3. didn't really like the tonkatsu.

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        1. re: kainzero

          Thanks for the responses!

          I'm not the biggest fan of In-n-Out, but this new location is a fairly short walk from where I live, so it sounds like it'll be worth trying....

          1. re: kainzero

            In Japan they are everywhere so it's consistently good curry but nothing extraordinary like In-n-Out to burgers as you stated.

            1. re: Johnny L

              The curry may be good, but remember it is Japanese curry and very mild and somewhat "pasty" compared to Indian curry. I hope people understand the difference.

              1. re: Tripeler

                Since it's a Japanese curry chain from japan.... Isn't that how it should taste....?

                1. re: Tripeler

                  Japanese Curry is very different from Indian and Thai Curries. It's a lot more mild (Although chains like Co Co have options for spicier versions), the curry note is more tumeric but also has flavors of ginger, ginger and anise. I wouldn't call it pasty (although many are based on a spice paste), but it does have a lot more body than other curries.

                  To be honest, it's my favorite style of curry (Only beaten by American Curry, chili), I love the texture (how it just coats rice) and the flavor (especially when I add toppings!) to be wonderful. But I will say I was not impressed with Co Co's Curry. Curry house is meh. When I make it at home, I use S&B Powder instead of the paste tablets. But my all time favorite version is at Foo Foo Tei.


                  1. re: Dommy

                    Would you say that Curry House and Co Co Curry are comparable? I'm actually fine w/ Curry House (although I normally order the meat-sauce dishes there....), so having a nearby place that offers comparable quality (at hopefully similar prices!) would be just fine by me....

                    1. re: ilysla

                      I'd rank the ones I ate at recently in order of taste lvl:

                      Ducks Restaurant - San Gabriel - very good curry and katsu, but stay away from noodles. Expensive overall and you will smell like oil when you leave.
                      Kosuke - Alhambra - slightly sweeter than normal japanese curry, not bad overall because their ramen is also good.
                      CoCo Ichibanya - Japan - love the variety, but taste is mediocre
                      Tamaya - Alhambra or Curry House - jtown/monterey park - both kinda meh. tamaya's curry is japanese curry but less thick. I'd give curry house the edge mostly because they have more selection and their locations are usually better.
                      Daikokuya - Arcadia - I know it's a ramen place, but curry is on their menu in arcadia. worst curry I've ever had.

                      I can't say i've tried the cocoichibanya here in the states, but even in japan, their quality is just ok. I'm confident enough to say that they STILL would taste better than curry house because curry house really isn't that good.

                      There are also tons of restaurants that serve curry that I've eaten through the years sprinkled all over la/sgv, but none really make me want to go drive back to get curry. There are probably a ton in DTLA I haven't tried, the only real way to see is to go to eat restaurant and try yourself. hope it helps :)

                      1. re: jasongg06

                        I REALLY wanted to love Ducks... but I prefer Foo Foo Tei and it is cheaper...

                        I haven't tried Kosuke... I really want to. Also there are quite a few Curry places popping up in Koreatown... I haven't had a chance to explore them just yet either...


                        1. re: Dommy

                          yea I want to try foo foo tei curry but I usually just end up getting ramen there. also the wait is horrible, which makes me visit a lot less often than i'd like to.

                      2. re: ilysla

                        I would say so, but Co Co has a more casual / fast food feel and the menu is smaller and limited to pretty much curry.


                        1. re: ilysla

                          i prefer cocoichi to curry house but i have friends that prefer curry house.

                          to me, curry house does not differ too much from the curry you can make from the blocks of roux you can get at the supermarket.

                          i view japanese curry as comfort food so i think i'd be scared if curry actually wowed me.

                      3. re: Tripeler

                        That Japanese curry is "milder" than Indian curry might be a generalization but at Curry House CoCo Ichibanya you choose your degree of spiciness. I love hot, spicy food, not so obnoxiously hot you can't taste the food, but hotter and spicier than most people like and at "7" the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya curry was probably as hot as I could stand and still enjoy it.

                        Also at Curry House CoCo Ichibanya you choose the amount of rice you want, the protein and then the spiciness. It is like a "choose one from column "A" kind of experience. In 'n Out isn't quite the right comparison, because it is full serve, not counter service, but there is a very fast foodish/Applebees feel about it.

                        I think it is great for what it is, a casual eatery with lots of outlets.

                        1. re: scottca075

                          "...but at Curry House CoCo Ichibanya you choose your degree of spiciness."

                          We've always specified the degree of heat (or as my wife has taught me to say: karai 辛い) at Hurry Curry of Tokyo on Sawtelle (our normal venue for getting chicken cutlet curry). Are you saying it's unusual for these places to offer varying degrees of heat? I've always taken that feature as normal and unremarkable.

                  2. FWIW, I liked the curry that I got from Ramen Jinya.

                    Reminds me of the tokyo curry from hurry curry.

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                    1. re: ns1

                      For that type of mince meat curry... I actually prefer Yamayada... :)


                      1. re: Dommy

                        I'll have to check it out next time. I love that style of curry.

                        1. re: ns1

                          Yeah... one of my favorite lunches there is their salad (Which includes their awesome egg) and a small bowl of their curry... I can't do much ramen anymore as I'm sensitive to the salt...


                    2. Living in Hawaii on and off most of my life, I've eaten CoCo Ichibanya many times. So I have a biased preference for it.

                      It's a bit lighter than most Japanese curry places. It doesn't have that smoky peppery finish you'd find commonly in Tokyo. That aside, I think it's enjoyable and will be a welcome option to Curry House and Hurry Curry. It also tastes quite different to the typical bland curry you find in most places around here.

                      It's ridiculously popular in the Kansai area of Japan, I passed a different one every day when I was travelling.

                      I recommend the katsu curry, with cheese on top.


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                      1. re: andrew_eats

                        "It's ridiculously popular in the Kansai area of Japan, I passed a different one every day when I was travelling."

                        that is why I ate so much of it heh