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A Peruvian Feast at Coya for Lauren’s Birthday

I’ve made some great friends through blogging and I’ve got to know Lauren really well in the past few months. In fact we’ve got so close that she invited me along to her birthday dinner with some of her best friends, including Colleen who I’ve also been getting to know well recently. Lauren had chosen Peruvian restaurant, Coya in Mayfair for the location of the celebration, and after a few Pisco Sours in the bar we went into the buzzy main restaurant to find our table.DSC_8351
First things first, we ordered bubbles to toast Lauren’s 22nd birthday!
It’s a fair while since I celebrated my 22nd birthday but Lauren and I have so much in common and always so much to talk about, that I barely notice our age gap. The birthday girl took the helm and starting ordering from the vast menu of Latin American cuisine.
As you know, I love Peruvian food and I’ve been to Coya a few times, the food there is of an incredibly high quality and I love the cool atmosphere and Inca-style decor. The restaurant has it’s own ceviche bar so we went ahead and ordered several of these starting with salmon nikkei with celery juice, ginger, daikon and wasabi tobiko.
Ceviche mixto including prawn, squid, mussel, aji amarillo and yuzu tobiko.
And yellowfin tuna with soy, sesame seeds and shrimp cracker. All light and with the most incredible flavours.
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I’d tried the tacos last time I visited Coya and I suggested that we got some of those to share; Lauren made a great choice by ordering both the chicken tacos with red pepper and sweet corn and the scallop option with white miso and gem lettuce.
We also tucked into to a delicious salad of crab, tiger prawn and sweet corn.
And a tuna tartare. As well as everything tasting incredible, I loved the vibrant colours which looked so striking on the restaurant’s gorgeous crockery. DSC_8391
After sharing all those starters we ordered some hot dishes too, including these perfectly crisp pieces of calamari with Peruvian Marigold. DSC_8397
A totally delicious Chilean sea bass with lime risotto.
Pork ribs with a tamarind glaze and cashew nuts.
And this gorgeous piece of perfectly cooked salmon with golden beetroot, cucumber and mint.
And the Peruvian take on Patatas Bravas, crispy potatoes with spicy tomato and huancaina sauce.
And here’s the happy smile of a girl surrounded by her best friends on her birthday.
A tasty dessert platter with a Happy Birthday message for Lauren was delivered to the table and we all dug our spoons in as soon as she blew out the candles. DSC_8433
After dinner we headed back to the bar for piscos, mojitos and magheritas…
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A pretty perfect birthday really…

Coya is my of my favourite Peruvian Restaurants in London
118 Piccadilly

020 7042 7118

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  • The Reader’s Tales

    Oh WOW! that is a perfect Bday feast! I adore Latin American cuisine…Another place to add to my list when I visit London 😉

  • It’s sounds like a pretty perfect birthday celebration…
    Ps. Loving the Pinterest action!

  • Ugh- those ribs look amazing! xx

  • This looks delicious! Will definitely need to give it a try somtime.

  • That Happy Birthday platter is just beautiful and you’ve captured some great, intimate photos Angie – you could take up wedding photography as a sideline!

    • Thanks Suze, what a lovely thing to say! I love photos that show feeling and emotion not just people staring at the camera.

  • Ribs ribs ribs ribs ribs I want those ribs and I want them now!

  • Aww looks like a lovely dinner. I’ve found the same thing with age gaps with blog friends – rarely seems to make the slightest bit of difference!

  • Aww what lovely photos, you all look like you had such a lovely time 🙂 it always strikes me how the age gap can completely melt away with certain people. Always a sign of a good friend! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

  • Gorgeous pictures! That week was one of the most fun i’d had in a while and the food at Coya was incredible. I loved every dish. x

  • Ahh I’m so glad you guys had such a blast! I did really like Coya but from your pics I can see there’s a few dishes I definitely should have ordered like the ribs and Chilean sea bass risotto! So much yummy food though! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Coya’s one of my favourites for Peruvian in London! Love their quinoa and corn salads too 🙂 xx

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Making me so hungry right now! – Yaya

  • Wow! I just got back from a fantastic food adventure in Budapest but that meal looks soo delicious! Totally jealous of that beautiful birthday board too! Will definitely have to check this restaurant out xx

  • Lesley Pittaway

    I still have not been! Shame on me. I need to go soon!! P.s. thank you for keeping me entertained on a quiet afternoon at work xx

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