If you’re looking for a spot to impress someone special, splash the cash, or eat some of the finest Peruvian cuisine in town then look no further – Coya Dubai is the place you need to be…
Located inside the Four Seasons Jumeirah’s illustrious ‘Restaurant Village’ Coya Dubai is fully-licensed and open daily for lunch and dinner. Fancy and modern, Coya is the sort of spot that you dress up and make an advance table reservation for (especially on busy weekend nights and for Friday brunch). Coya offers a wide range of seating options for small and large groups. Thanks to its coveted bar and nightlife vibes, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a little fun after dinner, but likewise, it’s not too boisterous so as to spoil a family-friendly get-together (this is especially true for lunch and weekdays).
Peruvian vibes are felt throughout and we loved the space reserved for local artists (when The Huntr visited it was Rashid AlMulla‘s artworks on display). There is also a private members-only section (see pictures after the food in the gallery above).
Vegans and plant-based enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that Coya recently debuted a 100% vegan menu, The Huntr sampled the special 240AED per-head vegan set menu alongside some of Coya’s meat-eater-friendly signatures. From the new vegan spread, we tried the guacamole (which is made live at the table and served with homemade corn tortillas, the non-vegan version also comes with shrimp tortillas), the Hongos Ceviche – a delicious mix of wild mushrooms, chock, shallots, and crispy enoki and the Picante de Pepino (cucumber with green apple, miso, coriander, sesame oil, and almonds). From the non-vegan starters selection, we opted for the Churro de Papa, which is a seasonal mix of special Peruvian dips and two ceviches – the Lubina Classica (72AED), sea bass, red onions, sweet potato, and choclo and the Atun Chifa (72AED) – a mix of yellowfin tuna, sesame seeds, rice crackers, and soy. The vegan main courses included the rich and flavourful Anticuchos de Setas – skewered forest mushrooms with aji panca and parsley, and Trio de Maiz – three different kinds of corn with spicy red chilies from Peru. The non-vegan mains we tried were the Costillas de Res (196AED) – extremely tender beef ribs with miso and aji limo and the Arroz Nikkei (216AED) – Chilean seabass with rice and lime that’s theatrically finished at the table. For the side, we loved the vegan-friendly Papa Seca Coliflor – Peruvian dried potato with cauliflower, celeriac, and aji Amarillo. The non-vegan Patatas Bravas (46AED) – crispy potatoes, spicy tomato, huancaina sauce – was also divine.
To end a faultless meal on a sweet note, we shared the vegan Chica Morada Colada (purple corn colada with fresh berries) and the exotic fruit selection plus the non-vegan Churros de Naranja (52AED) orange and lime churros with milk chocolate and dulce de leche sauce, Chiccha Morada( 48AED) purple corn colada with orange shortbread and the Cheesecake de Maracuya (58AED) – passion fruit cheesecake, mango, kiwicha.
Drinks-wise Coya is fully licensed and takes its drinks very seriously – from its cocktails to its mocktails, each creation is lovingly crafted using the finest ingredients and methods.
Insider tips: Valet parking available at the Four Seasons Jumeriah. Advance bookings recommended to avoid disappointment. Dress to impress. The calories are listed on the menu and there are ample options for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets available.