Coya is a one of a spade of recent Peruvian restaurants that opened in London recently. Coya is a concept by the same owner of Zuma (see review) and Roka (see review). We’re a big fan of Roka and therefore decided to pay Coya a visit.
Coya is located in between Green Park and Hyde Park corner. The first thing that hits you when you enter the imposing building that houses Coya is…the heat (warm air is blown onto entering guests to give them the impression of entering a Peruvian climate). The restaurant consists of a bar area, members area (do they still exist??..they’re .so 90′s) and the restaurant itself, which is quite beautifully decorated with Peruvian artefacts and colours.
We decided to try the following dishes at Coya:
- Salmon Nikkei: Salmon, celery juice, ginger, daikon, wasabi tobiko (7/10)
- Tradicional: Ox heart, parsley, rocoto chill (7.5/10)
- Ensalada de Maiz: Josper corn, crispy corn, sweet onion, chilli (9/10)
- Calameres Fritos con Ocopa: Baby squid, peruvian marigold, quinoa (7/10)
- Alitas de Pollo: Chicken wings, spiced salt, tamarind glaze (7.5/10)
- Patatas Braves a la Peruanos: Crisp potatoes, spicy tomatoes, huancaína sauce (7/10)
- Costillas de Chancho: Pork back ribs, tamarind glaze, cashew nuts (8/10)
- Fortunato fondant with roasted white chocolate ice cream: Chocolate, almond, coconut biscuit (8.5/10)
- Arabica parfait with Zacapa poached pear: Quinoa, kiwicha, Zacapa 23yr rum, chocolate milk cremoso (7.5/10)
We visited Coya for lunch and found the dishes to be good. However, I do get the sense that it’s better to visit the place at night before clubbing. The cocktail and wine list is extensive and I was very impressed with the Zacapa Old Fashioned cocktail.
The total bill at Coya came to £100 (including service charge, glass of juice, cocktail and bottle of water).
Food rating: 7.5/10
Service rating: 7/10
Overall rating for Coya: 7/10
(The overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)