COYADiscover Peruvian cuisine in the heart of Mayfair.
Coya is one of London’s unmissable cultural highlights, a modern Peruvian restaurant that brings a splash of Latin American spirit to the heart of London.
Award-winning Coya was opened by Arjun Waney, the mastermind behind many of the capital’s most selective restaurants like Zuma and Roka, in November 2012 and was an instant success. It’s the first in the group to offer Peruvian-inspired cooking, and is the latest young and buzzing addition to London’s Peruvian restaurant scene after Ceviche, Sushisamba and Lima paved the way.
The impressive menu at Coya fuses traditional Peruvian food with a fresh contemporary cuisine aimed at a modern clientele, and includes a number of Peruvian-Nikkei and Chifa dishes. Head chef Sanjay Dwivedi spent some time in Peru, exploring the culture and learning at Lima’s famous Astrid y Gaston Restaurant. He has an admirable track record of cooking at Michelin-starred Zaika, The Ivy and Le Caprice, as well as having been head chef for the Rolling Stones.
Upstairs is home to a discreet members-only bar, while the downstairs restaurant is open to the public, and features an open ceviche bar where diners can sit and enjoy a wide range of classic ceviches and tiraditos which are freshly prepared before them. David d’Almada designed Coya’s luxurious interior, which hosts a dim-lit dining room that juxtaposes antique Peruvian furniture with a rich Incan palette against contemporary design with metallic finishes. The space brings together a selection of painted murals, surfaces and finishes that create a modern and edgy, yet elegant take on Latin America, with a nod to its colonial past.
Bordering the main dining room lies the tempting Pisco Bar specialised in bespoke pisco infusions unique to Coya, and housing over 40 rare tequilas and an extensive rum list – all countered with fiery Latin music transmitting the many rich and colourful Latin American textures.
Coya’s Private Dining Room is the ideal setting for intimate gatherings of friends and family or for a corporate setting, with a spectacular view of the kitchen. The space is decorated with elements of brass, wood and other trinkets adding an element of Lain America along with a mural painted by Brazilian graffiti artist Loro Verz. There is a bespoke set menu and deluxe dessert platter only available in the Private Dining Room for groups of up to 12.