Koya Bar

Hidden away at the heart of Soho is a little piece of Japan.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

With its simple design, it’s not much of a looker and you might have passed it hundreds of times without even realising.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

But behind Koya’s traditional curtain is one of London’s most authentic Japanese restaurants.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

No sushi here though; Koya focuses on home-style food, especially udon noodles, of which they offer dozens of variations.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Get there early, grab a couple of seats at the communal wooden bar and make your choice (we went for a bit of everything).

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Sit back, relax and let the incredibly calm atmosphere soak in while the chefs make their magic.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Japanese green tea absolutely mandatory, of course.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

A bit of people watching is always a good thing to indulge in as well.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Unless you’re too busy eye-ing up the gorgeous ceramic dishes, of course! ?

Plates arrive when they’re ready…

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Starting with Pickled apples, puntarella and shiso salad.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

One of the daily special and a very fresh and Spring-y take on Japanese pickles.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Followed by another special, the Agedashi tofu with wild garlic and ginger.

Incredibly fresh and truly remarkable in every single way.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

So good in fact we didn’t waste a drop!

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Buta Miso Udon noodles (with pork and miso).

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Sweet, comforting and umami all at once.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

One of Koya’s specialities and an absolute must order!

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

Last but not least, the Ten Curry Don.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

AKA the best tempura prawn I’ve ever eaten, covered in Japanese curry sauce and served atop a bowl of sticky rice.

Koya Bar, London | Cake + Whisky

With some miso soup on the side. Possibly the most comforting yet healthy lunch in the whole of Soho.

And definitely the most relaxing one. koya was busy for the entire time we were there, yet it was the calmest restaurant environment I’ve ever set foot in. A very positive vibe, and my new favourite place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the London life.

Koya Bar, 50 Frith St, London W1D 4SQ  Koya Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Koya Bar

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