272 – On Post-Lockdown Lunches: Triptych 47

Now that Metro Manila is on a second general community quarantine from mid-August until the end of the year as per the president's Nov. 30 announcement, I have had the chance to return to places I formerly tried out before the pandemic struck. I frequently feature some of these spots here at The Monching's Guide … Continue reading 272 – On Post-Lockdown Lunches: Triptych 47

256 – On A Curry Commemoration: A CoCo Ichibanya Retrospective

Japanese curry joint CoCo Ichibanya has been my go-to restaurant ever since writing about its flagship branch in 2015. Another branch opened at Eastwood Mall (near my workplace) years later. All I had to do whenever I wanted to binge out after a stressful week, celebrate a milestone, or simply splurge on pay days was … Continue reading 256 – On A Curry Commemoration: A CoCo Ichibanya Retrospective

174 – On Closures And Consistency: CoCo Ichibanya, Eastwood Mall

I have seen a lot of establishments in Eastwood Mall open and close – from my initial stint in 2012 up until my return in 2016. A lot of restaurants and retail shops set up shop here, only to shutter after two or three years in business. Closures here can either be caused by the … Continue reading 174 – On Closures And Consistency: CoCo Ichibanya, Eastwood Mall

76 – On Spice Bridging Two Worlds: CoCo Ichibanya, Estancia Mall

Whoever thought that curry from India would reach the Land of the Rising Sun? Possessing the spices that constituted it due to their occupation of India, the British brought curry to Japan through trade. However, there are still differences between the original and the Japanese adoption. Indian curry is lighter and runnier in consistency, whilst … Continue reading 76 – On Spice Bridging Two Worlds: CoCo Ichibanya, Estancia Mall