Having arrived in Haneda, we went straight to Akihabara Washington Hotel to drop our baggage. For lunch, we headed to Coco Curry House which is less than 5 minutes walk from our hotel. This chain restaurant specialises in Japanese style curry rice and has two halal outlets. The first being in Akihabara and the other, a newly opened branch at Shinjuku. Their halal outlets are differentiated by a GREEN coloured signboard, while the non-halal with a yellow signboard.
Access to Halal Coco Curry House:
Exit Akihabara Station via JR Central Gate. Cross the street to Yodobashi Akiba and turn left. Walk along Yodobashi frontage until you reach an inter-section and turn right. Walk straight +/- 50m till you reach another inter-section. Turn left and you will pass Towarow Plaza building. Walk straight ahead a little bit more till you reach Coco Curry House to your left. Look out for it’s GREEN signboard.
Typical to many Japanese restaurants, the outlet is small, clean and you eat on the counter top. The restaurant can accommodate 10 customers but they also cater for take-away. Deprived of ingredients like fresh coconut milk & fresh herbs, their curry has their own unique flavour which I would give 85% authenticity compared to the curry we have in Malaysia. Apologies, but I find it difficult to concur with my fellow countrymen/women that the flavour of Coco’s curry is insanely delicious (sedap gila). This can probably be true, if someone who had stayed in Japan a long time and have been accustomed to the local flavours.
Our order of vegetable curry with chicken cutlet was cooked to precision with the use of timers for deep frying of the chicken and the cooking of the curry. Once ready, all were placed onto a plate and served. Be careful, the curry is piping hot, it will burn your tongue. This dish costs ¥1,180 for the basic plate. Warm or cold water is served free. For more info on this restaurant, click here.