Coya must be one of the hardest places in London to book a table for dinner on a weekend... I know this, because I've tried to come here for dinner several times. Unless you are willing to dine at 5:30pm , or 11pm, you have to seriously book in advance.
When I finally made it, I fell so much in love with this restaurant that I came to here to eat 3 times that week. I've always been a big fan of Peruvian food, but when it's done this well, who can resist?
The afternoon atmosphere is definitely a different vibe than the evenings, but presents itself for a much better opportunity when it comes to taking some food pics for the blog.
We began the meal with some tiraditos and ceviches, they were a great way to start the meal as everything presented were light and flavoursome. It definitely helped prompt my appetite for the rest of the meal!
The tiraditos didn't particularly shine, especially when paired against the ceviches. But the stand out dish had to be the 'Corvina Trufa'. I'm almost too embarrassed to admit that I ordered this dish all three times I came to Coya, but it's really that delicious.
I'm a big big fan of all things octopus... So when I saw this on the Coya menu, I had to order it. Unfortunately, Coya's 'Pulpo al Olivo" didn't meet my expectations. The octopus itself was tender, but the olive flavour was overpowering, and the whole dish tasted very monotoned and bland.
My friend and I also tucked into some grilled tiger prawn with chili salsa. Unfortunately not pictures as I ate it too quickly (bad blogger)! It was definitely one of the star dishes of the day, but I only wish it came with more than two prawns... Even for two tiny ladies it still seemed a bit stingy.
For sides we ordered broccoli, quinoa and corn salad. The quinoa was nothing special, but the broccoli was smothered in some lip-smackingly delicious buttery sauce which made me seriously question how healthy it was. With that said, the corn definitely stole the show when it came to the sides... I would have happily eaten a whole bowl of that.
Overall, I loved Coya as a restaurant. It's such a fun atmosphere in the evening, and the restaurant serves delicious, yet healthy food. What's not to love? It's no wonder Coya has people fighting for reservations over the weekend. It has definitely become one of my favourite restaurants in London.
Other standout dishes I can recommend included the miso aubergine (tiny portion though), and Peruvian potatoes with mushrooms and truffles, which completely blew my mind.
Service could definitely be worked on... The waiters don't have the best attitude at times and did not leave me with a good impression