TRYING OUT KOYA:
I always love to try out new Japanese restaurants that, ones that I haven’t been to before. It was suggested to me that I should try Koya on Frith Street in Soho. I was told that there is often a wait for the restaurant at lunch and in the evening so arrived fairly early, around 6:30pm and I still had to wait for around 15 minutes for a table.
Entering the restaurant through some electric blue curtains I was greeted by the usual bustling business of a normal Japanese restaurant. Promptly given the menu I decided that I was in the mood for tempura so I chose vegetable tempura donburi which was light and tasty with a wide selection of vegetables. My friend chose to have mackerel udon, the restaurant’s speciality is udon so he had to try some, apparently the dish has a lovely grilled flavour, maybe not enough mackerel to udon ratio however.
We also shared a side of onsen tamago which is a poached egg in spring onion water. It had a very strange texture but I am sure it is something that you become accustomed to.
There was a nice happy atmosphere to the restaurant and, although it was busy I didn’t feel too rushed and was able to have time to sit and chat. It wasn’t the cheapest of places to have something to eat and as you can see, it is a fair bit of money for a short space of time eating but the food was good and that is the main thing.