A slice of Latin America located a stone's throw from Liverpool Street – COYA expands with a new restaurant and Pisco bar in the City
The City’s latest gastronomic addition is ready to use its Peruvian charm to tempt the locals from the pub. COYA Angel Court, COYA group’s second restaurant in London – and fifth worldwide – is led by executive chef Sanjay Dwivedi. The site at Angel Court was a matter of right place, right time for Dwivedi: “It ticked all the boxes for us. There are a million people working here, and I’m sure ten per cent of them want something like this. There’s nowhere really in the City to go out for a drink, eat and have fun.”
The venue is split into two conscious halves. The Pisco Lounge has more rare wines and spirits than is probably necessary, and a comprehensive Pisco library. Signatures include the classic Pisco Sour and the Chilli Margarita. When it comes to the food, Dwivedi has kept most of the original menu: “ten to 15 per cent of items will be slightly different. If you have a brand, people come for certain things, and if they’re not available, it’s wrong.”
The lauded ceviches and tiraditos are in attendance, but accompanying them are Angel Court specials, including lobster with gazpacho and aji limo, and cuttlefish with ginger, yuzu, and squid ink. The original COYA in Mayfair is a stalwart, so it’s perhaps odd to open another in the same city. Other branches are in Dubai, Miami and Abu Dhabi, but Dwivedi believes that London is ready for another COYA. “All COYAs have their unique characters, but still blend together,” said Dwivedi.“ We get a lot of hand-made stuff from Peru, to give each restaurant that cosy and very opulent feeling.”
The 170-cover restaurant and bar was designed by London-based Sagrada, part of the design team for all COYA venues. Away from the bar, a hand-crafted six seater ‘Rum Round Table’ can be booked, along with two private dining rooms, the larger of which seats up to 18 and opens out onto a private terrace.