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Now back to Coya. Until I moved to London I wasn’t all that familiar with Peruvian cooking. Then I heard the word go round about some amazing restaurants featuring the cuisine here in the city, one of which is Coya. Now I consider myself a connoisseur.
For those who’ve never tasted it I would describe Peruvian food as the love child of Japanese and Spanish cooking. Think raw fish, flavour-filled nibbly dishes, herbs, spices and grilled meat. It’s a delightful combination.
Smack bang in Mayfair yet on a quiet stretch of Piccadilly across from Green Park, Coya is tucked away under a gorgeous Georgian building. With multiple dining areas and funky-authentic décor that greets you as soon as you enter, you quickly realise this place is anything but ordinary. It feels like somewhere that cult foodies go.
When it came to ordering lunch, we opted for a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The best way to go if you ask me… Let’s see, there was a spectacular beef carpaccio to start. Paper thin and subtle in flavour, the best I’ve had.
Then a little taste of sashimi with some delicate sea bass.
Next we moved onto the ceviches; sea bream, yellowfin tuna and salmon which all melted in the mouth.
Salads were up next, both roasted corn and quinoa, which were accompanied by some delectable chicken skewers. Sorry no photo of them, we devoured them too quickly.
I think my highlight was this Arroz Nikkei, a rice risotto-style dish with 72hr-cooked cod. Melt. In. The. Mouth.
Then just when we thought we couldn’t stuff in anymore we headed for the final round. Lamb chops with roasted tamarillo and the most tender spicy beef fillet. Yum. Yum. Yum.
We rolled out of the restaurant several hours later and several pounds heavier but with smiling faces that’s for sure. 5/5
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW
Phone: 020 7042 7118
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Photos by Krissie.