Coya is a restaurant which has been on my visit list for as long as I can remember. I love Peruvian food, I love glamorous dining and Mayfair is only around the corner. So, why haven’t I been until now? I don’t have the answer to that question sadly, but I’m finally here and it feels good. The restaurant is gorgeous, the bar is inviting, the food is delicious and the staff make Coya the destination restaurant it is today. We were visiting on a Saturday afternoon for its exciting party brunch. A 4 hour brunch experience with cocktails, lots of food, DJ’s and live entertainment.
Priced at either £65 for an alcoholic package or £50 without, our brunch experience started in the Coya Mayfair bar where you can drink yourself happy for 1.5 hours. Expect perfectly crafted spiced bloody Mary’s, zesty pisco sours and free-flowing Champagne. There’s also an array of differently filled tacos which make their way around the bar for the duration.
Having drunk the bar dry from midday, we sat down to our table in the main restaurant promptly at 13:30. Avocado and ingredients were mixed and smashed freshly at the table to create a lovely guacamole, tossed crunchy corn and a basket of freshly baked breads. Just to get the party started of course.
For starters you’re fed more food then you could ever imagine so word of warning, don’t fill up too quickly. In the centre of the restaurant is a huge colourful table packed with small bows of ceviche tiraditos and Peruvian salads which you can help yourself to until there’s nothing left.
I really loved the super fresh quinoa salad and the selection of ceviche. Salmon nikki ceviche, kingfish truffle tiradito and my personal favourite – yellowfin tuna chiffa. The latter a mixture of that gorgeous soft tuna, soy, sesame seeds and shrimp cracker – it quite literally left us salivating for more.
While you’re still tucking into all those mini ceviche pots, staff rotate around the tables with even more food. Some lovely fluffy cerdo bao’s were filled with slow-cooked flaky pulled pork, chipotle and salsa criolla. Then an array of meaty goodness appears in the form of tiny grills packed with beef, pork and heart – I’d lost count by this point.
My favourite dishes were these three gorgeous bowls and plates pictured above. Star dish was the spicy rib-eye with a side of excellent chimichuri sauce and casava chips. The meat had so much flavour and you could really taste the quality in the texture. The seafood and vegetable cazuelas were fantastic too and again full of flavour and texture.
With barely any room left we still managed to polish of the rest of the food left on the table. Juicy scorched grilled corn with lime & chilli butter, succulent morsels of corn-fed chicken and a lovely fillet of seabass which had been marinated and cooked to perfection.
Just as we were finishing desserts the DJ turned the music up, the lights dimmed and the whole room came alive. People were dancing in the windows, the musuician on the saxophone was on the tables (even I was close) and coffee fuelled shots appeared and made their way around the room.
I can’t even begin to say just how fun, or crazy this party brunch was at Coya Mayfair. Not only was it the most fun I have ever had at a brunch, but it was excellent value too. The food was great, the Champagne was flowing and the music was absolutely on point. If you’re looking for the most liveliest Brunch in London then head down to Coya Mayfair because it really doesn’t get much better (or exciting) than this.
NB: My meal was complimentary. All views are as always, my own. My views are not influenced by anyone other than my own palate and slightly poor eyesight.