Coya City

Peruvian, South American·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Coya City

Bronze Award

Mayfair, the UAE… and now the Square Mile: diners in the world’s well-heeled honeypots can’t get enough of Arjun Waney’s Peruvian spin on his phenomenally successful Zuma concept.

Here in the Square Mile, softer acoustics make for a more-relaxed mood than at the ear-splitting original on Piccadilly, but otherwise the formula is pretty much the same: a bar serving lethal cocktails, a dining room decorated in a colour-supplement approximation of South American chic, and a menu of small sharing plates that ticks off the continent’s culinary greatest hits: ceviche and steak, tacos and tiraditos.

There was no faulting the quality of any of the ingredients we ate, but much of the subtlety was drowned out by the sort of assertive seasoning that suggested that this is food that needs to shout through the fog of a third Pisco Sour.

Skewers of springy ox heart with red pepper and parsley, and spicy beef fillet with shallots and star anise, both alas tasted mainly of their very savoury accompaniments.

Our fish dishes were better: soft-fleshed tuna ceviche with sesame, and a pretty arrangement of kingfish tiradito with truffle oil, had been dressed with restraint.

Best of all were tender tamarind-glazed pork ribs stacked like a pile of Jenga and festooned with fresh chilli and cashew nuts – as well as the avocados pounded together in a pestle and mortar at the table to make fresh guacamole.

But the most memorable thing about our meal was the friendliness of the staff, especially our charming sommelier who was as happy to recommend saké as Sauvignon to match the riot of South American flavours in the food.  

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Peruvian, South American
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Coya is ideally located in the City of London, in the heart of the buzzing financial district, and has built a reputation itself through its glamorous aesthetic and innovative Peruvian dishes.

The decor combines a contemporary lime green seating and striking light features, with some more authentic furnishings and wooden accents throughout. Enjoy some small plates at the bar, or relax in the main dining room and work your way through the menu, with plenty of cocktails to wash it down with.

On the menu you’ll find traditional Inca flavours with a twist, available as a la carte or set menus. Whilst the menu changes on a regular basis, you’ll always be able to decide between various sections across the a la carte menu, including appetisers, anticuchos (marinated meat skewers), salads, citrus cured fish and Peruvian style sashimi, as well as a plethora of fish, meat and vegetables.

Desserts are an equally tempting selection of Peruvian inspired dishes, from deeply indulgent chocolate flavours to lighter fruity alternatives. No matter what you choose to go for, you’ll not be disappointed with the selection of dishes to finish your meal.

It’s just as much about the cocktails here as it is the food, so it’s vital you try some specials from the Pisco Bar - where inspiration has been drawn from some of Lima’s oldest bars. With a team of mixologists on hand, you can delve into some Coya signatures, Peruvian classics, and localised specials. Of course if cocktails aren't your thing, you'll also find a carefully curated list of wines, spirits and beers available.

Perfect for date nights as much as it is celebrating with friends, Coya is a no brainer when you’re in the city.


FAQs

Is there a dress code?

Yes there is a dress code which is smart casual, no open shoes or shorts for men.

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The venue welcomes children during lunch and early dinner seating but kindly contact reservations team for further confirmation during the day you want to book on.

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Location

31-33 Throgmorton Street, City of London, London, EC2N 2AT

0203 9070 0000 0203 9070 0000

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 11:45-02:30
Tue 11:45-02:30
Wed 11:45-02:30
Thu 11:45-02:30
Fri 11:45-02:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-21:00
Tue 17:30-21:00
Wed 17:30-21:00
Thu 17:30-21:00
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

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8 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Marissa I

28 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

I would explain it as a party in yoru mouth!!!  From the cerviches to the steaks - you cannot fault it and the service is silver service level with the Peruvian touch!

Anon

11 September 2021  
Food & Drink 4
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
Worse service I've ever experienced

While the food was good, the service was the worst I've ever experienced. Staff were very rude and kept taking away drinks menus and food away from us even though we wanted to keep those for longer. Wait times for food were ridiculously long and even then meals were missing from our order. We also didn't get the table outside that we booked (it was no longer raining and it was clear that they just couldn't be bothered to wipe down those tables). Instead, the 5 of us were sat indoors, at a table clearly meant for 4 people, all crammed, and my plate was balancing on a gap between two tables pushed together the whole time. I wasn't expecting such awful service, let alone from such a pricey place and no one even apologised for any of this. Definitely won't be returning.

Eleanor J

08 July 2019  
Great food, fun vibe, always a good night.

Maz P

08 July 2019  
Absolute Team Favourite. Especially like the Pisco sours.

Emelina M

31 March 2019  
Amazing food, serivce and ambience.

Anon

12 December 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
When you want something quick and simple
Then this is the place to go.... it's just something that doesn't fuss or fidget... Does what it says on the can!

Siva P

12 December 2017  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
A taste of Peru
Food and drink were truly wonderful - a group of four had sharer starters and mains and were all hugely impressed. The sommelier was very helpful in recommending a red for the mains and we were suitably impressed with his choice ! I will certainly be back, but suspect that it is more a dinner venue than for lunch (unless lunch can be a drawn out and leisurely affair), which is no reflection on the service, more on the length of time it takes to choose behind the various delicious alternatives !

Angela C

26 October 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Corrrrryah please!
Having just opened opposite our building I was eager to try it, having seen that it is always busy at anytime of the day. Needless to say that I was not disappointed. My colleague who accompanied me is quite a fussy eater so I checked out the menu before we went. It's ideal to cater for a group and fussy eaters as there is such a great range of dishes both for choice and size. I had the Ribs and they were absolutely delicious and my friend had the Salmon which she was very impressed with. The food and drink is worth every penny! Thanks Coya, I'll be back!
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