Curry Restaurant in Seoul
Coco Curry (코코이찌방야)
I remember when I was a kid, my mom would always have curry on the dinner menu. I naturally thought that curry was a Korean dish, but I was surprised to find out that it, in fact, did not originate in Korea, but in Southeast Asia. I really enjoy eating curry in Seoul; the health benefits are awesome, and the overload of flavors are really delicious. Coco Curry is a Japanese style curry restaurant that has found a strong following in Seoul.
This particular location can be found near Gangnam station at, what I like to call, “Curry Corner,” because of the many visible curry restaurants found nearby. Depending on the day and time, expect to see a line of patrons waiting to get their Japanese curry fix. The staff is efficient and accommodating, as they encourage and inform the waiting patrons to order before they sit down so that they are able to better serve the longstanding customers.
Customers can choose the size of their entree, and the spiciness level of their curry from a scale of 0-10. We both ordered a curry rice dish, the beef shabu curry, and the chicken cutlet curry. We ordered the medium sized dishes (forgot the exact size), but unknowingly decided to go with a level 5 spice level. Any person with common sense would consider a level 5 at a medium level, however, BEWARE… level 5 was extremely spicy. I would consider myself a typical person when it comes to spiciness, I do (at times) enjoy really spicy foods. It was actually pretty difficult to eat and enjoy our dishes because it was too spicy. I am considering coming back to see what a level 10 spiciness is like.
Despite the overbearing heat, the curry itself was pretty excellent. It reminded me of Curry House (which is a popular Japanese curry restaurant chain in Southern California), except their dishes didn’t include anything else besides rice, curry, and your meat/vegetable/seafood topping. I can say that the dishes they serve here are pretty good – I visited again and chose a level 2 spiciness level, which is the level I would recommend. The only qualm I have about this place is that the servers should have warned us that level 5 is really spicy. But other than that, I would recommend this place if you’re in the area and looking for a great tasting Japanese style curry dish in Seoul.
Low down: Beef shabu curry, and chicken cutlet curry at a spiciness level of 2.
Address: Yeoksam-dong 619-4