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Friday Brunch

There’s a selection of tacos, ceviches and marinated skewers. Be sure to try the arroz Nikkei and leave room for the dessert platter. Dhs278 (soft drinks), Dhs448 (house beverages), Dhs548 (sparkling grape). 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000). Timings: 12.30pm-4pm (Friday)

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It’s a glorious time to be a foodie in the city right now. Apart from all the new menus and brunches from our existing restaurants, there’s also been a steady stream of exciting new openings from independent places and some celebrated international franchises.

COYA belongs to the latter category. And for the few who may not be in the know, it is a cool, trendy place that serves contemporary Peruvian food. A cuisine that’s been on a rapid rise in the emirate.

Its Inca-inspired décor stretches across its various sections – indoor dining room, outdoor terrace and signature lounge area – with tribal masks, hanging plants and cushions with typical Peruvian vibrant striped fabric all being used. The music playing also oozes Latin flair, and its soothing, loungey rhythms enhance the place’s cool vibe.

But we’re here for the food and COYA is widely known for its top-notch ceviches. There’s even a vegetarian option, but we start with the red snapper variation with truffle oil. Before serving it, our waiter mixes the presented dish to release a potent aroma that alerts all senses. The oil is strong but doesn’t overpower the tender fish.

We make light work of the bowl before moving to the prawn and beef skewers that are flavour-packed.

The sea bass cazuela is COYA’s most popular main, and we can see why. Once again, our waiter steps in to flake the grilled fish fillet through a risotto-like rice and corn purée, that is well presented in a cast-iron pot. The sweetness of the corn is balanced by the chilli-lime marinade and just melts in the mouth.

It’s comforting, creamy and we end up scraping the bowl for every single last grain.

This meal at COYA has been truly memorable and it’s clear why it won Restaurant of the Year at our sister Time Out Dubai restaurant awards in 2016. We will be back, and definitely be ordering the cazuela.

The bill (for two)
1x red snapper ceviche Dhs86
1x prawns anticucho Dhs59
1x beef anticucho Dhs61
1x seabass cazuela Dhs192
1x stir-fried quinoa Dhs58
1x large water Dhs28
Total (excluding taxes) Dhs484

The bottom line
It’s so good, we leave doing a happy dance.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 306 7000
  • Travel: Zayed The First Street

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