Few Londoners may be aware of a gem in their midst. Tucked away near Chinatown is a small noodle bar with incredible udon.
By the reaction of my friend's comments when he posted the pictures to Facebook, the English think Udon look like worms. Sing along if you know this one.. "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me when I'm going to Koya to eat WORMS!"
Since reservations are not accepted at Koya, my party of three stood in the 'daughting' 20 minute line-up (a sneeze by Portland's standards yet parties if Londoners left because the wait was too long.). We were quickly and efficiently welcomed into the restaurant where we perused a simple but thoughtful menu. In a nutshell, fresh hand pulled udon noodles are served hot or cold in a variety of predetermined broths and topping combinations. Special chef's dishes are listed on the chalk board for those who want a little something extra.
I had the hot soup with cold broth with duck breast slices. Delicious, juicy slices lay atop tender, chewy noodles. This was easily one of our best London food experiences. If you love noodles, make this one of your must-see stops. YUM!