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CoCo Ichibanya - Nishishinjuku

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

5 Chome-8-8 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0023

Serves meat, vegan options available. Japanese curry house chain, this outlet is nearby Himeji station. Ask for the separate vegetarian/vegan menu which offers a number of vegetable and vegan curry options; curry sauce is without animal products. Note the vegetable curry on the regular menu contains meat. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-12:00am.

Categories: Japanese, Fast food, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by UrVeggieMate


Contributions +216

10 Jun 2018

5 stars - Edit

The curry here was really great and it's awesome that Coco Ichibanya rolled out veg options! So glad we could try Japanese curry in Japan. If you aren't familiar with Japanese curry, it's different in terms of flavor from Indian curry, so don't go in expecting that. You get to choose from different types of veggies, and they have a lot of options -- I really recommend getting potato and carrot (classics for Japanese curry), and the eggplant was really delicious, so try that too if you like eggplant. It's not listed on the veg menu, but you can choose a spice level from 1 to 10 (a few more yen as you increase in spiciness). We got 3, which was a nice level of spiciness for us -- not super spicy, but a little kick. Portions were filling and really cheap. I definitely recommend it. Staff were well aware of the vegan option and how it worked -- no confusion at all. Staff didn't speak English, but it wasn't an issue.
I would absolutely give this place five stars if Happy Cow allowed it.
Note: the coordinates from Happy Cow were way off from where the restaurant actually was. Once you get to the general area just put Coco Ichibanya into Google Maps and choose the one that has a picture of the door with the sign saying "vegetarian curry."

Pros: Big portions., Super affordable., Delicious.

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Contributions +108

09 Mar 2018

Japanese curry - tasty and warming - Edit

We ate at Coco Ichibanya (although it was in Shinjuku, it might have been a different outlet to this one - we ate at the one in so called "Memory Lane". Either way I assume the food is the same at all of them) and it was very cold that night. It was so good to get a seat in the tiny warm restaurant and have a vegan Japanese curry be available. The service was quick and friendly, meal was fantastically tasty and filling, and cheap! We wanted to go back but didn't find another Coco Ichibanya during our travels in other parts of Japan, although they could well have been many others. Recommended!

Pros: Clearly states vegan option on menu, Very yummy, Fast and inexpensive

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04 Mar 2018

Cheap, quick, tasty! - Edit

Ordered: Vegetarian (also vegan) curry with okra, yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam), mushrooms and regular rice size. Their regular rice size is 300g. For a small eater like myself, 300g is generous! You can also choose your spice level. I went with regular spice. If you add more rice/spice, it costs extra. If you want less rice, then they’ll deduct some yen from your bill.

This place is part of the CoCo Ichibanya chain of curry restaurants across Japan. Some branches offer veg*n curry while others do not. They will usually have a separate veg*n curry menu on display with the other menus at the table. This particular branch also had a sticker outside the restaurant explicitly saying that vegetarian curry was served there.

When I arrived at this place, it was the lunch rush hour at around 12-1. There was about a 5 minute wait for a seat. The place is medium sized but it being located in an area of Nishishinjuku that’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the busy Shinjuku station, I understood why this place might get busy. If you’re planning on making a visit to this place, be aware that it can get busy.

The veg*n menu has around 7 curries or so, all with at least 2 veggies. I ate at other CoCo Ichi branches a few times during my time in Japan and I can say that of all the branches, Nishishinjuku’s curry was the most flavourful. The kitchen is also very quick at getting out the meals so if you’re in need of a quick, cheap, and tasty fix, then I highly recommend CoCo Ichi Nishishinjuku.

Pros: Good value for money, A veg menu with more than 2 options, Curry customisation

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