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The guys behind Soho noodle favourite Koya have launched a cheap-and-cheerful, stripped-back mini version of their big hitter in the premises next
door (formerly occupied by Mooli). Given the lack of space, the all-day Koya Bar can only accommodate around 25 hungry slurpers, with stools allowing everyone to watch the action in the tiny open
kitchen behind the blond-wood counter. Fans of the big place will recognise favourites such as udon with mushrooms and walnut miso, but there are some novel new ideas too. One real treat is the
offer of a genuine Japanese breakfast – anything from traditional grilled fish with miso soup, rice and pickles to a ‘full English’ comprising a soupy broth topped with fried egg, bacon and
(shiitake) mushrooms. For real comfort, however, order a bowl of rice porridge with various savoury additions.
The petite Koya Bar has stuck a big udon finger up to the mainstream London breakfast offering with it’s hard-core, no nonsense Japanese menu. As long as you are in London, you will not find a remotely similar breakfast to the menu served at Koya, it wouldn’t be an millimeter out of place in the heart of Tokyo. My breakfast here was certainly a unique experience!Seating only 25, it’s an intimate space. Everyone has a view of the ferociously efficient kitchen, where dishes are made fresh from scratch. It’s fascinating watching the chef’s at work...
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Koya on Frith Street seems to have a huge following so much so that it's opened the 'Koya Bar' two doors down to cope with the success of the original. Now, this can't really be counted under my quest for the best Ramen as it's a udon noodle soup and therefore it would be unfair to compare the light miso soup with that of a punchy pork broth. But what I can tell you is that the noodles here are outstanding. Slowly but surely my love of Wagamama's from years ago is creeping further away and I find myself paying the same price for something more authentic and delicious...
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Earlier this week I took a trip to Koya Bar on Frith Street in Soho. Koya Bar has only just opened but the popular original Koya has been around for a while now. Koya Bar, as its name suggests, is one long bar… The decor is plain yet beautiful. White walls and blond wood permeate the room with occasional collections of Japanese crockery. The cliché normally used about Japanese design is ‘understated elegance’ but clichés usually exist for a reason...
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