A trace of Incan heritage makes its way to the Middle East for the very first time with the much awaited launch of Coya Dubai. This impressive, contemporary Peruvian restaurant is set to open its doors towards the end of 2014 on Jumeirah Beach Road.
Having delighted the palate of guests and gourmands in London, Coya has since become a prevalent and precious name on every epicurean’s lips. Two years later, by popular demand, the award-winning brand journeys to Dubai, bringing with it the soul of South America through its sensational cuisine. The upcoming venue will act as a cultural gateway to the Andes, creating an experience that is multidimensional, multisensory and truly unique to the culinary scene of the UAE.
The Peruvian journey begins from the moment guests step foot into the unassuming yet delightfully welcoming lobby of Coya Dubai. From here, it only gets better. Leaving the lobby, which is softly lit by a chandelier accented with antique Incan gilding, guests are greeted by the colourful destination bar filled with trinkets and traditional mud-‘botija’-lined walls with a truly authentic, rustic flair. The bar then leads into an impressive corridor where the walls are adorned with an extensive collection of bottles and colonial embellishments. The end of the passageway opens into the impressive, two- part, restaurant with the option to venture out to a terrace; while the interior is decorated with painted murals and rich Incan palettes against modern, metallic finishes. The 8,500 square foot restaurant, spanning a collective 189 seats was designed by the London-based Sagrada, who were part of the design team at Coya London. With truly bespoke furnishings, each and every piece of furniture has been hand-selected; from the crushed, velvet-textured chairs; the valuable, historic art (specially released by the Peruvian government for the restaurant); earthenware objets d’art in the cosy alcoves and a few additional pieces coming directly from Peru, the outlet is personalised down to the finest detail. Bringing a touch of colonial South America to life with its artistic décor, Coya exudes edgy elegance at each turn.
For the highlight of the experience, the varied, fusion menu at Coya keeps traditional elements of Peruvian cooking alive while creating a contemporary cuisine for a modern Dubai clientele, owing its dynamic flavour to a rich, culinary heritage that is deliciously diverse. Japan, Africa, Spain and China are just a few of the countries that have helped to season Peruvian cuisine as it stands today. With Coya Dubai’s selection of simple, quality dishes to include a range of classic ceviches (popular diced seafood dish), tiraditos (sliced raw fish), to more hearty anticuchos (grilled skewers of fish, meat and vegetables), the healthy dishes introduce diners to a novel, spectrum of flavors as diners leave the restaurants with a clean and light feel.
No trip is complete without venturing into the fun, buzzing, fully-stocked ‘Pisco’ Bar and Lounge. The extensive offerings include the largest infused pisco selection with over 25 homemade infusions of Pisco in a variety of flavours such as mango, pineapple, pear, strawberry, passion fruit and raspberry; prepared in traditional glass, pisco jars. Adding to its impressive repertoire is a sundry of alternate international beverages and mocktails for even the most discerning aficionado. A true destination bar, guests are transported to another world in this enchanting setting and impressed by the latest tricks and trends of the trade by the bar team.
Enhancing the gastronomic experience is the Coya Collective – a schedule of diverse genres of artistic and cultural expressions, setting the rhythm for an unmistakably South American ambience. The restaurant will honour both traditional and contemporary cultural offerings, ensuring that the heart of South American culture will thrum throughout this authentic, upmarket venue. In addition to the vivacious music scene, Coya Dubai will also showcase a variety of established photographers, artists, illustrators, sculptors, poets and underexposed talent alike with year round hosted events.
“We are tremendously excited to share the journey of Coya with the Middle East. We hope to translate Coya’s classy but fun and creative story through a cultural link to the melting pot of cultures in Dubai,” shares the Management team of Coya Dubai.
About Coya Dubai
Due to open towards the end of 2014 in the Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach, Coya Dubai is a sister property of the famous Zuma and La Petite Maison in DIFC. Spanning over 189 seats in the restaurant and 40 seats in the terrace, Coya Dubai is also home to a colourful Pisco Bar and extensive showcase corridor.
Coya’s flagship restaurant was launched in London on the 15th November, 2012. Two years later in 2014, Coya London takes home the prestigious title ‘Best Restaurant of the Year’ at the London Lifestyle Awards and goes international, bringing the same vibrant spirit of South America to Dubai and Miami. Famed for its bespoke décor, designed by the London based design team Sagrada, Coya links vibrant, contemporary Peruvian cuisine with a cultural experience. Hosting a continuous flow of artistic entertainment in music and the arts all year round, Coya is renowned for its creative cuisine and dynamic dining experiences.