Restaurant of the Year: COYA
A new winner, and a very deserving one. Since opening, COYA has impressed us time and time again. We’ve been for brunch (a handful of times), dinner (more times), lunch (well, the deal is brilliant) and for drinks in the lounge (too many times, probably). On every single visit (all anonymous, remember) the service has been impeccable, the food delicious, and the atmosphere superb. The Peruvian cuisine is vibrant; full of colour and flavours that ping off the palate. The red snapper and truffle ceviche is a favourite, as is the yellowtail tiradito. The guacamole, made at the table, is exactly how you would want it to be, and the anticuchos, which come on a smoking grill, are delicious. When it comes to main courses, we struggle to choose. Pick anything from the Chilean sea bass cazuela to the wagyu sirloin and the king crab (this week’s cover star) and you’ll not be let down. End the meal with the salted caramel ganache and you’ll leave very happy indeed. Consistently brilliant, it takes something special to knock Zuma off the top spot (and also see off more strong challenges from others). COYA is just that.
Open Su-Thu and Sat 12.30pm-5.30pm; Sun-Mon, Wed, Sat 7pm-midnight; Tue, Thu-Fri 7pm-12.30am. Fri brunch 12.30pm-4pm. Lounge open daily 12.30pm-1.15am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).