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9.2

Koya Soho

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50 Frith St, Soho
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They do things a particular way in Japan (basically, not by halves), and nowhere is this better demonstrated in London than at Koya Bar. It’s a delicious temple of noodles and soups and all manner of good things, and it legitimately can lay claim to having some of the best udon anywhere outside of Asia. It’s a great place to eat at the bar with a friend or two, for a Japanese-style brunch, or to even eat solo should you have an hour to yourself. Besides the noodles, order some of their sides - the pork belly will make you very happy, as will the Japanese-style fish and chips.

Karolina Wiercigroch

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Kinoko / Walnut Miso

Koya’s standard chicken and pork broths are very good, but one of our favourites is the veg-friendly walnut miso broth peppered with little mushrooms. It’s incredibly moreish and the perfect thing for a chilly day.

Karolina Wiercigroch

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Curry Miso

Want that delicious katsu curry but don’t want all the fried stuff? Get this. You’ll feel like you’re being sophisticated, and kind of healthy. Ish.

Karolina Wiercigroch

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Fish and Chips

Glaswegians aside, the Japanese are peerless when it comes to deep-frying things. The tempura cod in this dish is light and crunchy, while the lotus root ‘chips’ are a nice accompaniment.

Onsen Tamago

This is a slow-poached egg in broth. It’s as good as poached egg is going to get - savour it or throw it down the hatch in one.

Karolina Wiercigroch

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Pork Belly with Cider

Is there anything as good as a slowly cooked piece of pork belly? That’s a rhetorical question. This is a perfect plate of food and one should be ordered each and every time you visit.

Donburi

If you don’t fancy noodles, Koya Bar does a very good donburi - tempura or stewed meat/tofu, layered on top of hot rice. Eaten with miso soup, it’s the ultimate comfort food.

Breakfast

Breakfast here is a peaceful, minimal affair, ideal for anyone wanting a little peace and quiet with their morning cuppa. The Japanese breakfast is a perfect alternative to the mess of a typical bottomless brunch, and the ‘English breakfast’ served with porridge is a novel take on a fry up, without the grease.

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