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.
Kakuni - braised pork belly with cider OH YES!
The onsen tamago as a topping as opposed to a small dish is great cracked straight into the hot broth. Mega love.
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!
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!
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Walnut Miso Udon (Time Out London's 100 Best Dishes)
Best home made udon noodles in town
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
Perfect for a cold and rainy day in May.
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.
Best japanese food you've ever tried. Choose anything, won't be disappointed.
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.
kinoko hiya-atsu: walnut miso w/ wild mushrooms. AMAZING.
Koya is the best Japanese I have ever been to
HiyaAtsu-NikuMiso is ace. Kakuni was also outstanding.
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.
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!
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.
The kakuni are just exquisite.
If they have a special, get it.
The specials are always winners.
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.
Delicious traditional Udon and Soba just like they do it in Japan. ;)
Worth the queue. Haven't found any other udon that compares.
"Plain" udon noodles have a great mild broth. Duck donburi comes with big helping of wasabi! Yum
Favourite Japanese restaurant in London.
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.
Koya was nothing short of amazing. The braised pork belly app and the prawn vegetable tempura are a must try!
I love this place. Best seat is at the bar by the kitchen.
Udon Tempura is the best value by far!
OMG beef curry udon special! Delicious!
Tempura Udon rocks
Now open on Sundays!!
My reco: mushroom and walnut miso, Cold udon in hot broth. Very filling.
First place I know that sells cold in hot (hiya-atsu) style udon.
The real deal
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
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!
Great handryer toilet. In fact top notch, met all my sanitary needs.
Delicious food but service is appalling
Not as good as the reviews say.
Vegetable tempura is off the charts.
The pork belly (Kakuni) small plate is great! Melted in your mouth!
Nice noodles. But pricey.
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/