May 11, 2018
Koya, Soho’s shrine to the udon noodle, has recently expanded into the premises next door, the former home of Mooli’s. The new venue takes after the original in that it specialises in the serving of traditional Japanese noodle dishes and sake alongside an additional breakfast menu (the English breakfast udon bowl, complete with bacon, shitake mushrooms and fried eggs, is already generating much excitement the blogosphere). The new space is a little more user-friendly than its sibling, a bit more comfortable with more room for sitting and slurping and hopefully less queuing at busy times too (a perennial problem with Koya, since no reservations are taken). The short drinks menu includes sake, shochu and beer as well as Japanese tea. Supplement your noodle fix with onsen tamago, a Japanese style poached egg or, if you’re feeling brave, some natto, a kind of fermented soy bean which even the most adventurous palates tend to find challenging. The Japanese rice porridge is delicate and cleansing if you’ve been overdoing it the night before. The increased space means that the original kitchen will be working on a new range of specials with a view to extending the menu. The noodles are all hand-made and the quality is excellent, the prices reasonable. Now there’s even more reason to pay this place a visit and it looks like further exciting developments are on the cards.
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