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Coco Ichibanya Curry House – Honolulu, Hawaii

The line outside the curry house. Can you spot me?

Until several years ago, I had never eaten curry. No Indian curry, no Vietnamese curry, no Japanese curry. To me, curry was a scary food – too spicy, weird flavors. Or at least, that’s what I thought… I hadn’t ever had a taste, so how could I know?

The outside of the curry house

One weekend, Son and his friends decided to go to a Japanese curry house. I reluctantly went along and shared a plate of curry with him. Unfortunately, I wasn’t yet convinced that curry was a food I could love. It wasn’t until several years later, when my tastes had widened considerably, that I fell in love with the food. Now I’ll go out of my way to eat or make curry – whether it be Vietnamese curry, Indian curry, or especially Japanese curry.

Spicy clam and wakame curry

When I looked up restaurants to try over here in Hawaii, the Coco Ichibanya Curry House was one that jumped out at me. It is a small Japanese curry house, which got rave reviews on Yelp. After spending the morning at Pearl Harbor (where it rained on us! Bah. It’s not supposed to rain in Hawaii!), we decided curry was in order. Oh man, we are not regretting that decision one bit.

Fried chicken and gyoza curry

We went to the Ala Moana Center to find the curry house. It’s at the edge of a food court, so at first you’re not sure if it’s the right place. Very small, it does have a tiny counter to eat at – I recommend trying to get a seat at the counter, because the rest of the food court was packed the entire time we were there. The counter was not crowded at all, and you got to watch the cooks preparing the food right in front of you.

Busy making our curry!

Son got the spicy clam and wakame curry, while I got the fried chicken and gyoza curry. Son adored his spicy, savory, flavorful curry – he got very close to licking the plate clean. For seafood lovers, he highly recommends this curry.

Son loved the clam and wakame curry

Unfortunately, I don’t have nearly the stomach capacity that he has. I barely managed to down half of my plate before declaring the rest would be tomorrow’s breakfast. The gyoza was amazingly good – curry goes extremely well with crispy foods. I easily finished all of the gyoza. The fried chicken… not something I’d get again. It seemed bland… the curry was still delicious, but I definitely preferred the gyoza.

The crispy gyoza were delicious with the curry

There is only one thing I can’t stand about the curry house. They only have restaurants in Hawaii! That means that back in California… no Coco Ichibanya Curry House for me. Sad indeed.

I couldn’t wait until after the pictures before I dug in

After lunch: a nap, a walk along the beach, and then an amazing dinner! Want to read about our dinner? See my post on Sushi Day.


7 Responses

  1. […] the only thing I’ve eaten while on vacation! Want to know about my other delicious meals? Hop on over to my new blog, where I’ll be writing all week about non-sushi meals that I eat […]

  2. My friends used to eat there all the time because the food was good, filling, and cheap. I’ve not had the clam and wakame curry before.

    Too bad you got rained on, but I hope it was a short rain. And yes, it rains in Hawaii every day – but only for 15 minutes at a time. And you can usually see it coming down the valley so you have time to get under shelter.

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  3. […] is a small stand in the food court of the Ala Moana center – the same food court where I ate at Coco Ichiban Curry House. We had been walking through the mall after dinner at the Curry House on Sunday, and like a magnet […]

  4. Yep, only day that the rain was enough to be troublesome was our very last day there, where it poured THE ENTIRE DAY. Ah well, at least it was still warm. 🙂

  5. Just a tidbit of info, CoCo’s is not just in Hawaii. They are of course in Japan, along with China, Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand.

  6. Thanks Tim, I had no idea! Too bad that doesn’t help me though… still no CoCo’s in Southern California. 🙁

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