Authentic Udon Noodles at Koya, London

If you’re Japanese and missing home or, like me, just miss a taste of Japan, Koya is place to go.

It’s a small, simple restaurant run by Japanese in the heart of Soho. The menu is traditional – with different types of udon for those is eager need of a wheat feast.I always order the same thing – tempura udon. Seriously, I have about 70 photographs of the same dish through the years. It tastes so good and I’m there pretty much every week.  Udon addict, moi? Never! There is always a queue of Japanese and locals alike eagerly waiting for some good ole noodles. They also serve rice dishes but why go to an udon specialist to eat rice?

For those who have never tried udon noodles, they are made from wheat flour and a normal part of the Japanese diet. A Japanese friend recently told me that they’re super easy to make. Challenge accepted!

I cannot recommend Koya enough. It’s unpretentious, easy on all budgets and authentic with good service. An absolute must for anybody in London.

49 Frith Street
+44 020 7434 4463


  1. Aggie 15 October 2012 / 07:43

    I think there is nothing better than noodles served in hot soup to soothe the soul. Noodles are part of any Asian’s staple food and yes, I am a noodle snob. I’m a soba person (tenzaru soba is a must-have for me every time I go for Japanese food) but these udon noodles look good!

    Do blog about making your own soba! Would love to learn more about it 😉

    • Not Just Another Milla 29 October 2012 / 08:59

      Oh, I haven’t had soba for so long. Ten zara is so perfect for those warm months. Getting hungry here…

    • Not Just Another Milla 29 October 2012 / 08:50

      I’d love to know what you think Fran. It’s just so Japanese. I cannot recommend it enough.

  2. Stephanie // artfullyadored 20 October 2012 / 13:44

    Yummy! This looks delicious! I wonder how it compares to the place in Paris? Either way, you’ve convinced me to go check it out when I’m in London!

    • Not Just Another Milla 29 October 2012 / 08:49

      This is in the same league as the one in Paris. Japanese owned and run, very authentic!

  3. CinZilicious 24 October 2012 / 06:16

    ohhh…that looks delish!!!! I love my udon tempura every now and then too but i prefer sushi most of the time. The quality of the food looks good too!!! only question in mind, why are the porportions so small???? Or did you already eat half of it? lol


    • Not Just Another Milla 29 October 2012 / 08:48

      Cinz, it is so good! Craving some now. The bowl is very deep – there’s actually quite a lot there and I always leave feeling stuffed.

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