Japan’s Beloved Hamburger Curry, Now in Europe
Or if you prefer, there’s also sausage curry and for vegetarians the tomato and asparagus curry.
By Richard Vines
2018年12月15日 6:01 GMT+1
CoCo Ichibanya has more than 1,100 restaurants in Japan and about 150 more around the world, serving unusual curries such as sausage; hamburger; and tomato & asparagus. Back home, it’s a household name, but it hasn’t ventured into Europe until now.
The first U.K. outpost opened this week in London’s Covent Garden, where diners are already lining up. You choose a topping (including options such as fried chicken dumpling; kimchee; or bubble-fried salmon) and then you decide the level of heat. The sauce options range from “standard” to “Level 5 Crazy Hot.”
But what will a classically trained Indian chef make of it all? I invited along Vivek Singh, one of his country’s most-respected chefs, whose four U.K. restaurants include the Cinnamon Club. Dine there and you might spend £85 ($107) on a tasting menu featuring dishes such as Devon crab and kokum berry salad on lotus root crisp.