Koya

11 Oct

Saturday wasn’t the best day. I had been out to the Rizla boat party on Friday evening and not made it to bed until gone 3am. I awoke at 9am, trudged to the supermarket to buy a few missing ingredients for my chocolate, pecan and caramel brownies for the Great Brownie Bake Off, organised by Louise from The Chocolate Consultancy at Look Mum No Hands. I never made it… my brownies burnt so I retreated to the sofa for a nap.

At about 4pm, my stomach started rumbling and as there was no food worth cooking in the house, I decided that I would head into Soho to satisfy my hangover. Polpetto sprung to mind at first but I decided against that as I didn’t want my first visit ruled by my need for stodge.

So, Koya it was. Don’t get me wrong when I say that this is the perfect hangover food – because it is perfect all of the time. This was my second time dining at Koya and my second time ordering cold udon noodles with a hot broth. Last time I visited, I had pork and miso paste broth and this time I opted for chicken. You can rarely beat udon noodles, they’re uber tasty and ridiculously satisfying.

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Koya is talk of the town at the moment and quite rightly so. The concept of cold noodles at first put me off… then I realised that I was being very narrow minded, shouted at myself and placed the order. How glad was I?!? VERY.

I also ordered a side of ‘fish and chips’, boyfriends’ choice of course. The dish came and I was delighted to see little pieces of cod tempura and lotus root chips in front of me. The cod was extremely tender and the ‘chips’ made for a perfect crunchy addition.

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I was tempted by one of the specials, mackerel sashimi, but I don’t think my stomach could have handled a full meal and two sides. Let’s hope it’s on the menu another time when I return, which I will, very often!

All this talk of food is making my stomach rumble so I’m off to make dinner! I wish udon noodles were waiting to be cooked but I’ll just have to make do with linguine carbonara!

49 Frith Street
London W1D 4SQ
020 7434 4463

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4 Responses to “Koya”

  1. Sarah October 12, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Rizla boat party? Was that full of people smoking? Sounds ghastly! Udon noodles on the other hand…

    • Food for Think October 12, 2010 at 9:52 am #

      Nooo – no people smoking. They sponsor a few music events – was very fun!

      Udon noodles – mmmm.

  2. youngandfoodish October 12, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Nice post, Sarah. Thanks for sharing. I love Koya, too, but wish the cod tempura was a little crisper.

    • Food for Think October 12, 2010 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you – I do know what you mean actually! The cod is so fantastic and tender though…

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