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