Koya Bar

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┬ęCelia Plender
Soho

This sibling to the original Koya doesn't stand in the shadow of its departed neighbour - it's asserted its own personality with Japanese breakfasts.

The original branch of Koya closed in the sunner of 2015, leaving Koyas Bar as the sole survivor of the twin operation. Evoking the more traditional feel of a Japanese udon-ya, the restaurant wouldn’t be out of place in Tokyo. A blond wood counter dominates the long narrow space – chefs on one side, diners on the other. With just 25 stools, Koya Bar may not be big, but it still feels spacious and airy.

Koya classics such as udon with mushrooms and walnut miso (kinoko) are available here, but unlike the original, breakfast is also served. Though you can get a standard Japanese morning meal – grilled fish, miso soup, rice and pickles, innovative bowls of udon and rice porridge are the major draw.

Placed before us by head chef Shuko Oda, a bowl of ‘English breakfast’ udon in earthy broth was topped with fried egg, bacon and shiitake mushrooms – not the easiest thing to eat with a pair of chopsticks. The rice porridge (okayu) and accompanying soft boiled egg, spring onion and sweet, salty marinated shiitake makes for a soothing bowl of East Asian comfort food.

With friendly staff and unusual dishes, Koya Bar offers a taste of Tokyo in London that’s bound to go down well with Koya fans.

Venue name: Koya Bar
Contact:
Address: 50 Frith Street
London
W1D 4SQ
Opening hours: 8.30am-10.30pm Sun-Wed; 8.30am-11pm Thurs-Sat
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road

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London Foodie Mama

Transport yourself to Tokyo and sample the amazing clean flavours of Japan. Perch yourself on bar stools and slurp down some smooth chewy udon noodles 

Ali Valenzuela

There are so many restaurants with novelty factors, overwhelmingly-extensive menus and frilly ingredients, so this was a nice blast of simplicity and tradition in the heart of the bustling city. The noodles are homemade, silky and delicious; try the Zaru udon for something delightful and different! It's a suitable place to dine alone, but I don't recommend a massive party as space is hard to come by and reservations aren't taken. Fantastic quality and fancy free, this place is worth a visit. Ali

ayako

This place is adjacent to the original Koya restaurant and serves very similar menu The food is as tasty as the original restaurant and serves great udon soup noodles. It is a nice space and having a counter, it makes easier for single person to dine. Definitely recommended to pop in for soup noodle snack.