Coco Ichibanya Review and Chee Kei Wonton’s for dersert..

People in Hong Kong love to shop, it’s where most spend their hard earned, they need a good feed. This is why there are so many restaurants and food courts in the shopping complexes, as retail therapy burns a lot of calories right? It’s a hard gig. Langham Place is just the spot for wallet burning and good food antics – we found out.

We found CoCo Ichibanya, a Japanese francise specialising in widely consumed Japanese curry. Think katsu, cutlets of protein coasted in the crunch of panko, but then it’s elevated with more deeper, more intense spices in the sauce and you’re just right about there. The spice levels can be tuned up or down to your liking and it’s served with rice, an omelette can nestled on top for extra stellar richness. It’s the sort of food that gives you that nice warm soul enriching hug. The sauce has a ripe kick of heat and spice, but has enough sweetness to temper things evenly.  I found myself spooning the last drops of sauce covered rice into my greedy month – and did you know they’re opening a branch on Covent Garden this month?  

The grilled beef curry $54 were paper thin slices of caramelised flesh and onions placed on a shimmering russet brown sauce next to some short grain rice which catches the seepage.   

The dish entitled “pork cutlet omelette curry” $58 was more of the same sauce, rice but silky egg features cooked in a languid way so it glistens under the light. The swine is moist and has a crispy overcoat of golden panko, the lady who cooked it is speaking my language.     

Pork cutlet curry sans egg $52. 

Grubstance rating 4/5 

We chase down the curry with wontons from Cheekei which are total gems. The prawns were full of lovely pertness and bounce, sweet on the palate with subtle hits of white pepper with sesame oil that let you know that’s all they need to enhance their confectionary sweetness. They were hands down the best wontons we had of the trip.  

Grubstance rating 4/5

Opening Hours:
11:00am – 11:00pm
Mongkok station – Exit C3
8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
+852 3520 2800

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