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Koya

Koya

(Now Closed)
Noodle House, Japanese Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant££££
Soho
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  • David R.
    David RosenbergMay 15, 2013
    Koya 101: Start with a daily special. Then atsu atsu-wise: Saba or the Curry or Tori Nikomi. Or try the special udon and eat something you've never heard of like Bracken Fern tempura. Rinse/repeat.
  • Maral
    MaralJune 24, 2013
    All I am saying is that, if you eat here, you will never feel cold or depressed. You are always smiled at and are left with the choice between the best and the better dish. SOUL FOOD w/ Homemade Udon.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJuly 9, 2013
    Been two times and really impressed with the quality/authenticity of their food. Try to order from their daily specials menu and don't forget to order any of their pickles!
  • Bình H.
    Bình HàMarch 17, 2015
    Anything is safe to try, they have an authentic, balance flavour for the broth. A simple plain udon is enough to enjoy. Their rice dishes are nice but I not too dif from others. Focus on the noodle.
  • Ingrina C.
    Ingrina CarsonAugust 30, 2014
    Mixed seaweed and curry udon dishes are DELICIOUS. Get here early for dinner so you don't have to queue too long. On the expensive side, but great if you like fresh, homemade noodles and clean broths.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GFebruary 1, 2015
    Actually a very good Japanese restaurant, lots of unique dishes to choose from but they do have some old favourites too. Beware though, this place ain't cheap so you may spend more than a pretty penny
  • Dylan L.
    Dylan LoweAugust 1, 2012
    The undisputed best udon in town – and I can endorse that. Apart from set menu the daily specials are worth sampling. Also taste their side dishes – the braised pork in cider and tempura are divine.
  • Lee P.
    Lee ProvoostDecember 4, 2011
    Udon noodles and nothing but udon noodles. Amazing little gem. If you can, go for the little table in the kitchen where you sit with the kitchen staff. Also order the poached egg side dish, brilliant!
  • Jon H.
    Jon HerbertJune 10, 2010
    Worth the 30 minute wait, got talking to fellow diners who didn't have a bad word to say about Koya. The best Udon Noodles outside Japan. They were not wrong, the Beef udon noodles hit the spot.
  • joe
    joeMarch 13, 2011
    Best noodle place in london. Udon soup is a bit salty so get the dipping option. Fresh Ginger tea is perfect for a cold day. Everything on menu is freshly made. Expect a line and wait!
  • Sof C.
    Sof CJanuary 24, 2013
    I know it's super popular & there's always a queue, but I find it a bit over priced. My £10 tempura udon came with a single fried prawn, udon noodles and broth; no vegs or any other toppings.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SherborneJanuary 31, 2014
    Koya and koya bar have separate doors depending on whether you want to sit at a table or at the bar like a Japanese noodle place. Also free filtered water
  • Jean P.
    Jean PJanuary 29, 2014
    Generally Japanese restaurants in London really ugly no matter how expensive are. This udon place is no exception. Still a nice udon place for UK standard. BTW, tempuras are excellent!
  • Nono B.
    Nono BouéMay 6, 2014
    Service was a bit weird the last time I came but I still love this place. An authentic piece of Japan in the middle of London. Try some Nattō and Onsen eggs if you haven't yet.
  • Karn R.
    Karn R.April 27, 2011
    Lovely place. For something different, try the cold udon in hot broth (Hiya-Atsu) with vegetable tempura.. Really good. Tori Nikomi is also good served in Japanese small hot pot!
  • Angela L.
    Angela LiuMay 3, 2015
    Undoubtedly the best udon in london and do not miss the stuff on the black board too. They are closing at the end of May so folks head down to koya tonight!!!
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LimAugust 17, 2014
    If the venison is up on the "specials" board, get it, you won't regret it. The walnut miso udon with wild mushrooms (with tempura batter:extra) will blow your mind
  • Odo
    OdoOctober 5, 2013
    Nice place, always packed. udon was nice, broth missed a bit of developing flavour. Donburi with prawn tempura is really nice, and pork belly not to miss. Full review... Read more
  • John R.
    John RNovember 13, 2010
    Great place! Get here early or you won't have a place at a table. Kakuni highly recommended (pork belly cooked in cider!!) Japanese take on fish'n'chips excellent also.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfSeptember 22, 2013
    Can't go wrong here but if you need to be inspired: Have the Ten Zaru Udon on a warm day, and ALWAYS order off the Specials menu
  • Jimmy R.
    Jimmy RobinsonJuly 4, 2014
    Bad bad bad, their glass shattered and cut my hand, no apology from staff for shoddy product and nothing offered for my cut hand with shards of glass in it!! Disgusting service. Will never return!!
  • Daniella
    DaniellaMarch 23, 2013
    Love the atmosphere of this place. Vegetarian options not great though- extremely bland. And don't order the tempura batter - very bad idea! Friend's meat equivalent dish looked great though.
  • Krystle L.
    Krystle LimNovember 22, 2012
    Very good udon, kakuni (pork belly) and hot ginger drink. Sit at the counter to watch the chefs in action. Never-ending queues though www.letravelingfork.wordpress.com
  • San C.
    San ChowNovember 25, 2014
    Got to Koya shortly after 9pm and no duck or pork udon so got Shabu Shabu beef with onsen tomago. Had a upset stomach within an hour should had skipped the onsen egg.
  • Ai N.
    Ai NAugust 11, 2013
    We had Kamo Udon and Hiyashi Udon with Natto. (Although, Natto is not for everyone.) Very tasty and happy. This is a very good Japanese noodle restaurant.
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertMarch 18, 2014
    Any of the udon dishes will do, just make sure you start off with numerous small plates to share. (Especially if they have the wild sea bass sashimi).
  • Wai Man
    Wai ManMay 25, 2013
    Cold noodles with sesame dipping sauce was yummy! Get there early as they don't take reservations and only give you a table when company is complete
  • David B.
    David BanNovember 21, 2014
    This noodle shop ain't your average ramen bar - beatifully simple Japanese plates, with plenty of interesting daily specials. Bracken Fern tempura, anyone?
  • Sixty G.
    Sixty GeluApril 3, 2013
    For all it's charm, the restaurant's service is slow: we waited 30mins for our meal. The food is tasty, yet overpriced. However, the staff are charming and helpful.
  • GinMonkey
    GinMonkeyJune 20, 2011
    Get here early if you want to make sure you get a seat, or be prepared to wait! Lovely authentic japanese noodle broths. Best in London. Read more
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooFebruary 20, 2012
    Get here early, or be prepared to wait up to 30 mins in queue (worth it!). Tempura udon with poached egg, and pork belly are both brilliant!
  • Gary a.
    Gary at Scoff ReviewsSeptember 11, 2013
    I've never been a big fan of Udon... Koya's done nothing to change that. Read our full review on Scoff London: http://scofflondon.com/restaurants/koya-review-w1/
  • Si O.
    Si OnaraNovember 2, 2013
    Great noodle but the worst service ever. The staff are rude need a day at Pret training in customer service. Went to Masala Zone instead where we were greeted warmly.
  • Cecilia S.
    Cecilia SunJanuary 13, 2013
    You can't go wrong with the udon. But also order the tempura or fried chicken if it's on the menu. Amazingly delicate for fried stuff.
  • Bradley C.
    Bradley CheshamJune 19, 2014
    Lunch - Bowl of noodles for £10 cant go wrong. If you add in a few more dishes can get a bit pricey for what it is. Keep it simple ;)
  • David W.
    David WormleyAugust 9, 2014
    The udon noodles are the best I've had, and the rest dish was simple and tasty. I thought that the service was particularly good.
  • Metro.co.uk
    Metro.co.ukSeptember 10, 2010
    It's not much to look at behind its traditional noren curtain, but it's so worth venturing inside to discover what all the fuss is about - it's sensational. Metro gave it 4 out of 5 Stars. Read more
  • Gi
    GiFebruary 5, 2015
    Yummy yummy!! Real Japanese style!! The kuro kakuni is the best, so soft and delicious!!
  • David T.
    David ThairApril 29, 2012
    Really great food but the prices are questionable. Don't order the pickle unless £2.80 seems like a fair price for a tiny bit of cucumber!
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EcksteinSeptember 13, 2014
    Was excited to find an udon spot in London, but disappointed with the service and flavour of the broth. Go for the tempura
  • Łukasz K.
    Łukasz KoreckiMay 25, 2013
    I don't is amazing but the place is quite expensive and you can find a place which is as good as Koya but for less money
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonJune 10, 2013
    "traditional Udon dishes and season specialities; again reasonable prices and great atmosphere." - http://qr.ae/pW1rs
  • Ashton M.
    Ashton McGregorOctober 10, 2010
    Mostly known for it's udon but tempura is also very good (as I'd the beer). Always check out what the specials are
  • Christine C.
    Christine ChangJune 5, 2012
    Koya was nothing short of amazing. The braised pork belly app and the prawn vegetable tempura are a must try!
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NguyenMarch 27, 2012
    I always judge an udon place by how legit the beef is and here it's thinly sliced with a bit of fat: legit.
  • Yasmine
    YasmineApril 15, 2013
    Very good udon and yummy broth. Worth queuing for. Pork belly starter was tasty. Sake not as impressive.
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 25, 2012
    "There's a lot to be said for sticking to what you're good at – and this tiny Japanese place is very good at making noodles indeed..." Read more
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GilbertMarch 3, 2013
    Getting a table at the counter seems bad but it's interesting watching the chefs. Go for the Prawn Tempura!
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 14, 2012
    The hot noodles in hot broth includes "buta miso" (£8.80), well seasoned with a pork mince and miso paste. Read more
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