Having heard nothing but fantastic reviews about Coya I was so pleased when one of my nearest and dearest decided to make it her birthday dinner venue. I, of course, spent the entire day salivating at my desk as I perved on their website – and I wasn’t disappointed.
Opened by Arjun Waney (also the brainpower behind Zuma) Coya prides itself on being a true Latin American fusion restaurant which shoots at the high-end dining market and scores. To settle in and warm up your taste buds you need to take a seat at the Pisco Bar and dive into some of their unique cocktails. With over 40 types of tequila and an extensive rum list it’s probably a good idea to book the following day off work if, like me, you go on a Tuesday!
Even though it was a school night in the wrong half of the week the place was solidly booked up, every table filled with stylish people tucking into fabulous-looking peruvian food. Coya offers a £75 tasting menu but I’d heard it wasn’t great value for money, so we decided to go all out by ordering from the Ceviche kitchen for round numero uno and then switching to the Open Charcoal Grill kitchen for seconds. I’d be keeping secrets if I didn’t also tell you there was a third and yes, a fourth round of food which was followed by chocolate cake (it was a birthday afterall!). The menu is designed to share so lots of courses is a must, and the food is incredible. The ceviche was fresh, thin and paired with the perfect amount of chilli and zest. The meat was tender, rich in flavour and melted in your mouth. Even the bloody broccoli was the freshest I’ve ever tasted!
The atmosphere takes you straight to Latin America’s front door, the bar staff are vivacious and I may or may not have mentioned they make a fabulous Pisco Sour! The busy restaurant mixed with the traditional Latin American music gifts spoilt diners with the perfect ambiance. Coya does Mayfair proud in the sense that there is absolutely nothing tacky about it, it’s pure class from the moment the door is opened by the impeccable doorman right through to the glam cloakroom assistant handing me my coat as I was leaving.
Well worth a visit! I’ll be back for sure.
> Client Friendly: Client-wooing
> Affordability: Ouch, sorry wallet £££
> Nearest station: Hyde Park
> Dress code: Glad-rags required
> Best for: Schmoozing
Coya – See website for reservations
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London
Words by – VT
[Images courtesy of Coya]