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Wild rabbit confit and herb salad - Koya - London

JFores Aug 5, 2013 03:08 PM

Hi all,

I've been very inactive lately, but this dish was literally worth the post. It was on the specials board so I do not know if it appears often at Koya.

The chunks of rabbit leg meat appeared to have been quickly fried; the fat was crunchy while the meat was almost like thick Parma ham. Very strong almost pork-y flavour. Mixed with a generous heap of herbs, flowers and thinly sliced dried blood orange. One of the best dishes I've had in a while.

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    ManInTransit RE: JFores Aug 6, 2013 02:02 AM

    I've been banging the drum for Koya for ages, a superb restaurant and such great value.

    I've never seen that dish on the specials menu though - hopefully a good reception means it stays.

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    1. re: ManInTransit
      Loobs RE: ManInTransit Oct 26, 2013 05:25 AM

      Koya is decent, but hardly good value. Paying any more for this style would be taking the piss. The atmosphere is also extremely pretentious.

      1. re: Loobs
        Palladium RE: Loobs Oct 26, 2013 07:55 AM

        What about the atmosphere did you find pretentious? I admit I haven't been in over a year, but it was bare tables in a pretty bare room- if anything, there wasn't much of an atmosphere at all.

        1. re: Palladium
          zuriga1 RE: Palladium Oct 26, 2013 08:56 AM

          I haven't been there, but your posting and Loobs had me curious. I found this on Koya's website. If this is pretentious, then we need another definition of the word. My husband who lived in Tokyo many years said it looked familiar. :-)

          1. re: Palladium
            Loobs RE: Palladium Oct 26, 2013 01:46 PM

            Maybe pretentious was the wrong choice of word. It seemed a bit cooler than cool. It didn't seem at all welcoming, especially surprising since I went with two Japanese friends. The service was bordering on rude, especially from the guy working the door.

            I find the hype surrounding this place a bit unwarranted. Maybe i'm just not a huge udon fan, whatever, but I felt a little deflated after leaving. It certainly isn't good value.

            I suppose I used the word 'pretentious' because I feel that this place thinks it's something special, and others seem to share that opinion; it didn't really do it for me.

            1. re: Loobs
              dcfly1 RE: Loobs Oct 26, 2013 04:49 PM

              You're probably not a udon fan. I kind of share that sentiment - while I think Koya is among the best udon I've ever had, I feel like udon can only be so good, and I personally think ramen has more depth and variety of flavor.

              That said, it is among the best udon I've ever had. And for what it's worth, when I've gone, it's been pretty down to earth, in food, environment, and service. YMMV.

              1. re: dcfly1
                Loobs RE: dcfly1 Oct 27, 2013 07:11 AM

                I definitely prefer ramen, and there are now some excellent places in Soho. I know the austere cosmetics of the place are supposed to mimic a Japanese restaurant, but to me it felt all a bit snooty and cold.

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