OK food but horrible customer service. Its a shame, the food is ok here but my friends and I will never go back because the staff were horribly rude. AVOID THIS PLACE its a rip off combined with insulting staff.
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Posted: Tue Oct 15 2013
This glam part of Piccadilly, not far from Park Lane and Mayfair, attracts a moneyed bunch of people, and this sleek new basement bar is a honeypot for the preened, pumped-up and filled-out. It’s loud, busy and full-on; the separate restaurant is quieter, and is one of London’s growing number of purveyors of the on-trend cuisine of Peru (the snacks, such as grilled ox heart skewers, are great).
The cocktail list kicks off with pisco, the brandy-like national drink of Peru – the straightforward sours is frothy and tangy, but pricey at £10.95. More exciting are the house cocktails, advertising South American influences like chilli-infused tequila or chicha morada, a Peruvian purple corn sweet drink. If you think £14.50 is a bit steep for these, you’re probably drinking in the wrong place.
But that said, it’s a dark, sleek and lively spot, much more informal than nearby five-star hotel bars, and a good place to explore deepest, darkest Peru without leaving W1.
Coya Bar 118 Piccadilly
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It is not Peruvian food people, don't be fooled! What can I say? Disappointing! We have an expression in Spanish that goes “te venden gato por liebre” meaning that they are actually selling you something that is actually not what is meant to be. This is what Coya is, yes they use some Peruvian ingredients, but the food is definitely not Peruvian, it is very very loosely based on Peruvian cuisine. And I am using the word loosely very loosely indeed and I am Peruvian by the way. For those who do not know Peruvian cuisine they may think they got the real thing or that Peruvian food has an Indian influence. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Peruvian food is fairly new to London’s gastronomic scene and since no one really knows what it is about, some restaurants take a lot of liberties in passing themselves as ‘Peruvian’. The food is alright but nothing to rave home about. As for the cost, definitely not value for money. There wasn’t even bread on the table or Peruvian ‘cancha’ or any amuse bouches to entice the appetite before our dinner arrived. For a restaurant which considers itself of a certain category this was not what one would expect. As for the service, the waiters were pushy and unpleasant treating us in a very condescending way and were quite annoying coming to our table every few minutes insisting that we order more drinks. Bottom line, if you really want to enjoy contemporary Peruvian cuisine, go to Lima London which has already proved itself on the gastronomic front by earning its first Michelin star. The décor may not be as plush as Coya but you do not eat the décor, do you? Another gem with Peruvian-Japanese fusion is Chotto Matte which not only scores on fabulous décor but also on amazing food. Save your pennies for Lima London or Chotto Matte.
HUGE FAN OF COYA. From the moment I descended the staircase into a dynamic bar area with turquoise painted walls and lovely south-american decor, I knew I would enjoy the evening. South-American culture encompasses passion, vibrance and excitement. With fantastic Latin beats playing in the background and a place full of seemingly happy people, the relaxed yet lively bar atmosphere at Coya was reminiscent of my experiences in South America. We were 20 minutes late for our reservation and I feared the worst... but figure waiting at this bar for the next available table wasn't going to be SO bad. We didn't, in fact, have to wait more than 10 minutes before we were led into an equally animated dining room. Being seated at a table in the centre of a packed room, with two open kitchens to entertain me and a plethora of servers looking very busy, I felt comfortable amidst all the hustle and bustle. Service started off a bit slow. No one came to our table to welcome us or asks us for our drink order... until a manager walking past our table noticed the impatient scowl setting into my face. He rushed over and apologised for the wait. We ordered several dishes. For starters we had fried calamari, which is accompanied by a unique and tasty cream sauce, a few of their meat skewers, and a sea bass civiche dish served with avocado. Everything was top notch and delicious. I was especially blown away by the pork skewers - it was very tasty and cooked perfectly. I've never had such tender pork in my life. For mains we had the octopus, beef filet and a chilean sea bass cooked in an iron pot. I'm not the BIGGEST fan of chilean sea bass... but I was intrigued by the iron pot. I love anything cooked with authentic techniques. This dish was PHENOMENAL. The fish was cooked perfectly with lightly crisped edges adding even more flavour. It's cooked with a lime and chilli rice, which is also extremely tasty. I woke up the next morning craving this incredibly flavourful dish complimented by aromatic spices and refreshing lime. My boyfriend really enjoyed the fillet. The meat was very tender and marinated in another unique lime and chilli blend. The octopus was good, but nothing I'd write home about, especially when compared to our other dishes. For drinks, we ordered pisco sours, as you do in a peruvian restaurant. They were a bit warm and I didn't enjoy the drink as much as I have at other restaurants. I then opted for the chilli martini... something unique on the drink menu is always a risk, but I was willing to take it. Again, not a huge fan... still a bit warm and the flavour just wasn't pleasant. I've definitely had other chilli infused drinks elsewhere and enjoyed them better. I would have much preferred the sea bass w/ a refreshing and crisp white wine. For our next visit, I will most likely do this instead and ditch the cocktails. Overall, a WONDERFUL experience. I can't wait to try other items on their menu... and I'm definitely going for the iron pot again.
I am afraid I have few positive words to say about COYA. Even if I was able to overlook the 25 minutes wait for a table I had booked two weeks in advance and paid a deposit for; and I was thick skinned enough to disregard the incredibly arrogant and demeaning manager, being a person with a life threatening nut-allergy and being told by the manager that the food was especially made for me by the chef only to be given lobster covered in coconut was unacceptable. If it wasn’t for the diligent guests with me that night, I may have left the restaurant in the care of St Johns ambulance service. Needless to say there was not even an apology offered but we were told to vacate the table, as they needed it for other guests. Please heed my warning, if you have any dietary requirements DO NOT EAT HERE.
Some of the best food I've had in my life. And where to begin with the watermelon margaritas? Simply amazing! A must do in London!