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18 April 2014
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Koyaone star

49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG

£33.00 Japanese Soho

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  • Wine: £24.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

Square Meal Review of Koya ?

Queues of young trendies and fans of the cult ‘noodle movie' Tampopo have been congregating outside no-bookings Koya since the day it opened, hoping for a taste of its traditional, specially kneaded treats. ‘Big, fat' udon noodles are the house special, served in a hot broth with a choice of toppings, from hot-smoked mackerel and green leaves to a giant tempura prawn – or you can sample them cold with dipping/pouring sauces. Though the crowds come for Koya's slippery slurping stuff, its small plates are also worth a go: hot tips range from ‘excellent' kaiso (mixed seaweed salad) to cubes of braised pork belly steeped in sweet cider or sliced duck with delicate spring onion dressing. Communal tables in the pokey dining room don't suit everyone and service can be slow, but Koya's central location and ‘cheapish' bills make amends.

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  1. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    Michelle M.

    Very disappointing experience

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    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  2. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    Felipe G.
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    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  3. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    Richard E.
      Platinum Reviewer  (130)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  4. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    Mike E.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  5. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    Daniel
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  6. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    KT
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  7. Koya

    49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
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    Eric G.
        (5)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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    The Cutlery Chronicles :: koya, soho - review

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  3. Published : Thursday, 14th November 2013

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  5. Published : Wednesday, 31st October 2012

    LONDONcalling :: Koya

    Koya is one of those places that I always wanted to try but other new openings sort of got in the way, and it got pushed down my must visit list. Truth be told Japanese food has not really exited me in the past and as this place specialises in Udon noodles it felt just a little restrictive menu wise. Something aroused my inner self when on twitter someone was singing their praises about the specials board. So hey ho lets give it a whirl then. Its been a couple of months since our visit and back then it was a nice sunny day so a hot steaming bowl of noodles was off our menu, even a cold bowl did not appeal...
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  6. Published : Wednesday, 8th August 2012

    fatmanclaphand :: Koya: chewing the duck fat

    Frith Street glistened with new fallen rain, and I stood hunched and hooded. There was no shelter as the sky spat at us again, and again, and again. It had no right to rain. It was August. Any showers should at least be followed by that baking hot sun that breaks through, like when you open the oven door without knowing it was on. The people around me huddled under foldable umbrellas too small for one, let alone two. She was late, but it didn't matter. We would have to wait anyway, because it had happened again. I was queuing for my dinner. I shouldn't moan. We queue in McDonald's and no one moans, so why moan when a better meal is in the offing? When it comes to Koya, that comparison isn't that unfair. It's a noodle restaurant. In Japan it's fast food. It's everywhere. Whether it's as good as Koya I don't know, but I hope it is because I wasn't that impressed. If every Japanese street had a Koya on it, I think the questions I left the restaurant asking myself might be answered quite quickly. And that could only spell trouble...
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  7. Koya is the first restaurant that we ate at together when we were sorting out the contract for our flat. They do amazing Japanese food specialising in udon noodles which they make fresh on site. Koya always gets a ten out of ten so please enjoy these photos...
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