Koya Bar | Soho Restaurant
The only way to enjoy an authentic Japanese dining experience is to go to Japan.
Or to Koya Bar in Soho, where fat, silky wheat-flour noodles are kneaded on site each day in the traditional Japanese way.
Serving two main types of noodle – atsu-atsu: hot noodles in a hot broth; and hiya-atsu: a hot broth with cold noodles on the side – in an authentically understated and utilitarian interior, it’s easy to forget that you’re in London while dining here.
Providing that you can avoid looking out of the window while doing so.
Koya Bar has a rotating list of blackboard specials which change daily, plus a 25-seater wood counter overlooking a traditional Japanese open noodle kitchen in which you’ll spot chefs busily preparing your meal. Expect to enjoy dishes like udon with mushrooms and walnut miso; pork belly cooked in golden cider and umami broth; and ‘English breakfast’ udons of bacon, egg and shiitake mushrooms. To drink: beer, sake and shochu; plus homemade Japanese, barley and hot ginger teas.
In summary: the next time you feel like enjoying perfectly-executed udon noodles (prepared in front of your very eyes) in what feels like an authentic Japanese noodle bar, you can either go to Koya Bar… or to Japan.
Koya Bar | 50 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SQ
NOTE: Koya Bar don’t take reservations, just walk on in.
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