49 Frith St, Soho, Greater London, W1D 4SQ, United Kingdom
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  • Mon–Sun
    • Noon–3:00 PM
    • 5:30 PM–10:30 PM
£ £ £ £
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • udon
  • kakuni
  • tempura
  • pork belly
  • noodles
  • daily specials
  • authentic
  • Japanese food
  • cider drinks
  • poached eggs
  • prix fixe menu
  • good for a quick meal
  • sake
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  • Metro.co.uk

    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

    Metro.co.uk · September 10, 2010
  • John R.

    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.

    John R · November 13, 2010
  • The Guardian

    "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

    The Guardian · April 25, 2012
  • Jonathan C.

    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!

    Jonathan Choo · February 20, 2012
  • Lizzie M.

    The onsen tamago as a topping as opposed to a small dish is great cracked straight into the hot broth. Mega love.

    Lizzie M · May 18, 2010
  • Tien N.

    Password for Koya2 is KoyaW1D4SG

    Tien Nguyen · November 10, 2013
  • Richard C.

    Kakuni - braised pork belly with cider OH YES!

    Richard Chambury · November 6, 2010
  • Lee P.

    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!

    Lee Provoost · December 4, 2011
  • David R.

    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.

    David Rosenberg · May 15, 2013
  • Holger L.

    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

    Holger Luedorf · September 22, 2013
  • La Dolce Vita

    Walnut Miso Udon (Time Out London's 100 Best Dishes)

    La Dolce Vita · December 16, 2012
  • Doan Trang T.

    Best home made udon noodles in town

    Doan Trang Tô · October 22, 2011
  • yum t.

    HiyaAtsu-NikuMiso is ace. Kakuni was also outstanding.

    yum tan · May 4, 2010
  • Maral

    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.

    Maral · June 24, 2013
  • Suraj A.

    Perfect for a cold and rainy day in May.

    Suraj Acharya · May 28, 2013
  • Thom W.

    If they have a special, get it.

    Thom Wong · May 24, 2013
  • Irakli A.

    Best japanese food you've ever tried. Choose anything, won't be disappointed.

    Irakli Agladze · March 30, 2013
  • Krystle L.

    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

    Krystle Lim · November 22, 2012
  • Dylan L.

    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.

    Dylan Lowe · August 1, 2012
  • Evelyn M.

    kinoko hiya-atsu: walnut miso w/ wild mushrooms. AMAZING.

    Evelyn Mak · March 10, 2011
  • Desmond H.

    Koya is the best Japanese I have ever been to

    Desmond Higgins · May 8, 2010
  • Rania

    Avoid the queue and go for lunch mid week

    Rania · October 10, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Anna Hansen, chef of The Modern Pantry, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Hiya-Atsu. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Theresa T 💞

    Can have a long queue.. But worth it

    Theresa T 💞 · August 9, 2014
  • Si O.

    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.

    Si Onara · November 2, 2013
  • Holger L.

    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!

    Holger Luedorf · July 9, 2013
  • Oscar G.

    The kakuni are just exquisite.

    Oscar Gomez · June 9, 2013
  • Sharon M.

    The specials are always winners.

    Sharon Mah · May 24, 2013
  • Sixty G.

    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.

    Sixty Gelu · April 3, 2013
  • Chikae

    Delicious traditional Udon and Soba just like they do it in Japan. ;)

    Chikae · March 19, 2013
  • Sean C.

    Worth the queue. Haven't found any other udon that compares.

    Sean Christopher · February 3, 2013
  • Hasan H.

    "Plain" udon noodles have a great mild broth. Duck donburi comes with big helping of wasabi! Yum

    Hasan Hasan · September 28, 2012
  • Erica D.

    Favourite Japanese restaurant in London.

    Erica Dorn · August 31, 2012
  • Gigi

    Be here early or prepare to queue. Also, be prepared to wait for the food as it seems to take the same time whether the place is full or not.

    Gigi · June 5, 2012
  • Christine C.

    Koya was nothing short of amazing. The braised pork belly app and the prawn vegetable tempura are a must try!

    Christine Chang · June 5, 2012
  • Evening Standard

    The hot noodles in hot broth includes "buta miso" (£8.80), well seasoned with a pork mince and miso paste. Read more

    Evening Standard · May 14, 2012
  • eevil m.

    I love this place. Best seat is at the bar by the kitchen.

    eevil midget · May 5, 2012
  • Mike P.

    Udon Tempura is the best value by far!

    Mike Pantelides · May 1, 2012
  • Jo J.

    OMG beef curry udon special! Delicious!

    Jo Johnson · February 23, 2012
  • Mike P.

    Tempura Udon rocks

    Mike Pantelides · January 12, 2012
  • Sandy

    Now open on Sundays!!

    Sandy · November 5, 2011
  • Gaelle N.

    My reco: mushroom and walnut miso, Cold udon in hot broth. Very filling.

    Gaelle Normand · October 15, 2011
  • Arissa H.

    First place I know that sells cold in hot (hiya-atsu) style udon.

    Arissa H · May 21, 2010
  • Polly P.

    No Ramen, just Undon. Very tasty.

    Polly Pickard · 1 week ago
  • Gi

    Yummy yummy!! Real Japanese style!! The kuro kakuni is the best, so soft and delicious!!

    Gi · 3 weeks ago
  • Scott G.

    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

    Scott G · February 1
  • Olivia B.

    Hot and hot udon noodles with mackerel. Utterly slurpingly delicious

    Olivia Behaegel · January 6
  • Joyce C.

    strong noodle game.. Check out their daily specials menu!

    Joyce Cheng · December 20, 2014
  • Katerina K.

    Get here early to get a place. Delicious range of udon broths. A definite must try!

    Katerina Kerr · December 10, 2014
  • San C.

    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.

    San Chow · November 25, 2014

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