I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago and to celebrate I took a trip down to Los Angeles to visit my mom and a few friends I hadn't seen in a bit thanks to pandemic. To be honest, there's really not much to do in Los Angeles other than try and avoid the heat, eat, and maybe do a little shopping. I mostly did the first two and the one place I was excited to eat at more than anywhere else was the Japanese curry house chain known at Coco Ichibanya.
Coco is a pretty prominent brand in Japan itself and they have few spots here in the United States. I do my best to stop by every time I'm in SoCal when I can. It's hard to explain how good a proper Japanese curry really is, but if you get the right consistency for the sauce and a perfect balance of spices and ingredients, you're in for a transformative experience. CoCo always delivers that in leaps and bounds.
For my meal this time around, I took a crack at one of their egg curries. I'm a big fan of another Japanese staple called Omurice, which is essentially a rice omelette usually served with some sort of sauce on it. I figured this new curry options (new to me at least) would give me the best of both worlds and I am very pleased to report it was. I really lived it up with the add-ons as well. This thing had some pork tonkatsu, potato croquettes, and I threw in some corn and other veggies for good measure. Every bite was full of flavor and wonderous texture! If you ever have the opportunity to give Coco Ichibanya a try, I highly recommend you give it a try.