If there’s one thing COYA certainly doesn’t do…
…it’s play it coy.
The place announces itself in unabashed style as soon as you walk though the door, showing off sleekly colourful Latin decor all underscored by the hum of upbeat music. The smartly stylish luxury of the interior isn’t a far cry from the Mayfair original, but it makes a point: this is The City, and this place does not intend to disappoint. Everything from the ornately carved wooden bar, to the huge earthenware urns dangling from ceiling, to the subtleley gold-tinted cutlery gives the distinct feeling that you’re about to be spoiled.
And you’d be right.
The menu is a Peruvian & Latin American showcase, starting with guacamole mixed to your taste at the tableisde in a huge mortar, and moving onto the likes of classic ceviches, like sea bass with red onions, sweet potato, and white corn; or yellowfin tuna with soy, sesame, and shrimp cracker.
The main courses see a little of the Asian influences that’ve been seeping into South American cuisine for years now; you’ll find some pulled pork bao buns, Josper oven-cooked octopus with sweet potatoes, bojita olives, and chorizo; and a spicy beef fillet with crispy shallots, ají limo, and star anise.
That ornately carved bar produces some ornately mixed cocktails, too. There’s everything from a classic pisco sour, which they top up with rosé Champagne (the Pisco Royale), to a signature number blending chilli-infused rum with mango, apple juice, fresh basil and a dash of aji amarillo. It’s called the First Impression.
And it makes a very good one.
NOTE: COYA Angel Court is open for lunch (Mon-Fri) brunch (Sat) and dinner (Mon-Sat), with live music on Tuesday evenings. You can find out more, and make a booking, at their website right HERE.
COYA Angel Court | 31-33 Throgmorton St, EC2N 2AT
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