Koya in The City Bloomberg Arcade London
The Facts
NAME: Koya in The City
IT'S: A second branch for the udon noodle specialists

04-12-2017

OPENED: December 04th, 2017
SOFT LAUNCH: 4th-9th December, 50% off food
WHO'S BEHIND IT: John Devitt (director) and Shuko Oda (head chef)
DID YOU KNOW: Devitt came up with the concept for Koya during a pilgrimage to the Kagawa prefecture of Japan’s Shikoku Island, where he discovered thick, stiff sanuki udon noodles
LOCATION: Bloomberg Arcade
ADDRESS: 10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
CLOSEST TUBE: Mansion House or Cannon Street
OPENING TIMES: Mon-Fri 7am-10.30pm; Saturday 10am-10.30pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: [email protected]
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: No

Koya in The City

OPENED 14 DAYS AGO

Koya in The City is a second site for the soba noodle specialists, now open in Bloomberg Arcade.

The restaurant is on soft launch from noon on 4th December with 50% off food until 9th, opening as normal from 11th December.

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The Spot:

This branch has the same understated, modern, minimal style as the original with seating around a kitchen counter. There’s seating elsewhere too but these are the best spots for catching the action.

Oh and if you’re coveting the beautiful dish your noodles were served in, there’s a selection of specially designed ceramics to buy.

Koya in The City Bloomberg Arcade

The Food:

It’s all about that udon, made in Koya’s own noodle workshop. There’s breakfast daily until midday, including a modified version of their now-famous bacon and egg udon as well as poached eggs with kippers, butter rice and miso soup, or poached eggs with bonito rice.

At lunch and dinner, the menus will vary but they’ll be serving a tonkatsu made with aged pork loin, coated in crunchy panko crumbs and deep fried and served with cabbage and fruit miso sauce. Oh and one of their favourites from the original site is back – Kinoko hot udon with mushrooms and walnut miso.

Koya in the city Bloomberg Arcade

We’ll also be crunching our way through the crispy fried prawn heads – an exciting snack for anyone who knows this is where the prawn packs all its flavour. There are lots of pickles and other small snacks, too, including vegetable and prawn tempura and fried and chilled tofu dishes.

As with the original Koya, you’ll do well to focus your attention on that specials board which will be updated daily with dishes like roast celeriac with mustard miso butter and clementine, lightly cured mackerel sashimi and shunpike in karma-daikon and grilled onglet with quince soy and salsify.

Almost all produce for the restaurant is sourced from the UK, as Shuko works closely with independent farmers who grow Japanese vegetables, for example.

The Drinks:

The main difference between this and the original Koya is that there’s an extensive sake list, with mid-range and luxury bottles and a seasonal cocktail menu including a shochu martini and a Collins made with Calpis – a Japanese fermented milk drink that’s consumed in huge quantities during the cherry blossom festival.

Koya in The City Bloomberg Arcade

The Damage:

Prices vary between breakfast, lunch and dinner but expect to pay something between £9-15 for a bowl of udon, £11-16 for donburi (topped rice) with miso soup and £3-12 for small plates.

In a Nutshell:

Noodle fans should be thrilled that Koya has expanded beyond the tiny Koya Bar but it’s not just about noodles here – the brand has done a huge amount to expand Londoners understanding of Japanese food. We look forward to more thrills at this new branch.

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The Facts
NAME: Koya in The City
IT'S: A second branch for the udon noodle specialists

04-12-2017

OPENED: December 04th, 2017
SOFT LAUNCH: 4th-9th December, 50% off food
WHO'S BEHIND IT: John Devitt (director) and Shuko Oda (head chef)
DID YOU KNOW: Devitt came up with the concept for Koya during a pilgrimage to the Kagawa prefecture of Japan’s Shikoku Island, where he discovered thick, stiff sanuki udon noodles
LOCATION: Bloomberg Arcade
ADDRESS: 10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
CLOSEST TUBE: Mansion House or Cannon Street
OPENING TIMES: Mon-Fri 7am-10.30pm; Saturday 10am-10.30pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: [email protected]
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: No