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020 7042 7118
This is a very Piccadilly take on Peruvian cuisine from restaurateur Arjun Waney, a man who can turn even the humblest ingredients into something glamorous. When its jet-setting crowd are in the mood, Coya can feel like the centre of a parallel universe, where the pisco flows and the charcoal glows. Eating is only partially the point, although top-notch ingredients help the food stand out among the capital’s growing crop of Peruvian eateries. Ceviche is “to die for”, from wild sea bass with bergamot, choclo (sweetcorn) and plantain to a Japanese-Peruvian version with celery juice, ginger and daikon for company. Smaller dishes celebrate other Peruvian favourites (corn comes Josper-grilled with extra crispy bits, sweet onion and red chillis), while ox heart is speared with panca chillis and parsley. From there, meat options climb steeply towards the Chilean Wagyu sirloin, and even a humble potato ‘iron pot’ casserole – albeit truffled-up – will set you back £20. Our advice? Go in with eyes and wallet wide open.
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020 7042 7118
Green Park Tube Station 392m
Hyde Park Corner Tube Station 639m
Curzon Mayfair Cinema 224m
Buckingham Palace 308m
Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6-11.30pm (Sun-Wed -11pm)
This cosy private dining room is ideal for stylish, intimate parties of up to 12 people. Guests are afforded a dramatic view of the kitchen, although heavy drapes can be drawn to offer guests more privacy when needed. A mural painted by Brazilian graffiti artist LoroVerz is the centre piece of the room. Elsewhere, Coya's Latin American roots are echoed by a mix of wood, brass and other trinkets. The room can also be hired for stand-up canapé receptions for up to 25 guests.
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Food + drink: 5
We dined at COYA last week and had a truly wonderful experience. The place was full of energy, the staff were friendly and attentive and the food was just to die for. We had some ceviche, and some of the skewers but the star dish was the sea bass with rice - just wow!
Food + drink: 0
Please find below comments made by Coya's Events manager when I wanted to booked a group dinner party for 22 guests. It was requested I needed to spend £150 per head. I agreed - also I did want the premium fixed menu. Though I requested a start time for 7pm from 6.30pm. The events manager came back and wanted to charge me an extra £1100.00 for a 30 mins in time. Events manager also said the charge is based on "loss of income" and customers after 7pm spend a lot more than £200 per head at such prime times.....really ???
"Having conferred with the team it is a possibility to move the booking to 7pm however this will increase the cost to £200 per person. Please note 7pm is already considered prime time and guests minimum spend at this time is generally higher,, therefore we need to compensate for the loss of income." stated by Coya Events manager.
It felt like I was trying to enter a nightclub requesting a VIP table in Las Vegas but I was not - it is a restaurant. A restaurant where family and friends dine and should be made to feel welcome. but not to be made to feel unwelcome and simply the restaurant from the onset trying to grab as much money as possible. There is a time to sell to diners... during the meal, when things are going great..."Sir can I recommend this bootle of wine?".... there you go!
Well to conclude the "loss of income" for Coya now has happened. If one does the maths a dinner bill for 22 guests at £150 per head PLUS... was simply not enough for the booking. Coya wanted to grab as much money from the onset. So no way did I continue to book. a real shame. Hope the owner gets to hear about this and will train their staff to welcome guests and not simply grab their money first. Business must be bad. Oh by the way, remember the scene in pretty woman..."big mistake!"
Food + drink: 4
Very nice buzy, busy place with nice atmosphere and efficient service (which, however, needs to be more attentive). Very good food but prices are much too high compared to other similar restaurants.
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