A City branch of the swanky Latin American restaurant.
Coya’s theatrical new City location is a swanky Latin American joint with three open kitchens, multiple dining rooms and curtains that section off private tables. It was Friday night, the music was thumping and slightly elevator-ish, and the colourful dining room was full of first dates and client dinners.
The chefs have nailed Peruvian sashimi: it’s the star of the ceviche bar. Salmon peruano was wonderfully fresh and artfully plated with yuzu, fish roe and a smudge of spicy purple corn. Other small plates, such as celeriac tacos with winter truffle, or Chilean sea bass croquettes, were also excellent.
The rib-eye steak also came as a small plate, so it was expensive for the size, but absolutely delicious: tender and salty with a zesty spoonful of chimichurri on the side. A kale and manchego salad with candied walnuts was the perfect accompaniment. Dessert was a different story. I took a risk and ordered the Sundae de Maiz – a corn sundae with sweetcorn ice cream, crushed cookies and pineapple foam. It was literally a soggy biscuit.
The food at Coya is mostly first-rate, but you’ve been warned: this is pricy stuff. Also, the staff were hugely welcoming but tried to upsell constantly. But if you steer clear of gimmicks and choose your small plates wisely, you’ll have a great night. Or wait until payday. Then order that salmon.
With a modern, romantic Peruvian restaurant at the centre of COYA’s culture, chefs entertain as food is prepared in one of two open kitchens; the Ceviche bar and the open charcoal grill & central kitchen.
The menu keeps traditional elements of Peruvian cooking alive whilst creating a contemporary cuisine for a modern London clientele.
Sitting adjacent to the main dining room, Pisco bar specialises in bespoke Pisco infusions unique to COYA, a large selection of tequilas and an extensive rum list. Pisco bar at COYA is an experience that brings together the pleasure of all senses showcasing the best of Latin American culture.
|Venue name:||Coya Angel Court|
31 Throgmorton Street
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £140.|
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