Serving up a slice of Peruvian paradise is the chic and glossy Coya. This spot comes courtesy of restaurateur Arjun Waney (Roka, Zuma) and feels every inch of that luxe-cool factor he is known for. Downstairs you’ll find the artfully Latin-twinged restaurant and bar, with Peruvian masks, metallic bartops, and brightly coloured furnishings.
The open-air kitchen and massive Josper grill will quickly whet your appetite — and there’s more than enough to satiate it. To start, order yourself the salmon tacos — what they lack in size, they make up for in taste. The sea bream ceviche is a must, zesty and fresh with a balance of textures — crispy corn, delicate white fish and gentle chillies. For meatier fare, try the ox heart anticuchos with parsley and rocoto chill. Tender, juicy and big on flavour. When in Peru drink as the Peruvians do, so it’s pisco all the way here. The classic Pisco Sour is light and bright without overdoing it on the froth. Or if you want more of a fruity occasion, then go for one of the house-infused concoctions. The passionfruit is particularly popular, and we can taste why.
Go all out and book yourself onto the chef’s table (she’s a stunner). And if you’re looking for a more exclusive experience, apply to become part of the members’ bar upstairs. Striking a balance between edgy and luxury, there’s even an open-air terrace out back.
Best Bars tip: Look out for the bangin’ Midsummer White parties. This is serious business here — all-white attire, boatloads of bubbly and DJs spinning party tunes for a bouncy Mayfair crowd. And forget lazy Sundays, nip by for brunch — for £55, you’ll get unlimited champagne, loads of nibbles (both starters and mains), live tunes and kids under 10 eat free.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips