London-Based Peruvian Restaurant Coya Will Pop Up At The Taj Mahal Hotel

Arroz Nikkei (Chilean sea bass, rice, lime and chilli).

In London, the tasting menu at Coya, Mayfair’s posh Peruvian restaurant, will set you back by 80 quid per head (roughly Rs7,000). At the restaurant’s Mumbai pop-up, which is being hosted by the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba until Friday, May 19, the set meals are tagged at a heftier Rs10,000 per person for lunch and Rs12,000 per person for dinner. Presumably Shebang Hospitality, the company responsible for this culinary coup, is charging a premium for transporting the upmarket eatery to our shore. Run by fashion designer Nandita Mahtani, former actor Dino Morea and entrepreneur Vishal Shetty, Shebang Hospitality has brought down Coya as part of PlayDine, their food-focused series of events.

Coya was launched in 2012 by serial Indian restaurateur Arjun Waney, who owns high-profile Japanese establishments Zuma and Roka in London. The kitchen at Coya, which has branches in Dubai, Miami and Abu Dhabi, is managed by Indian chef Sanjay Dwivedi. At the Mumbai pop-up, diners will get to sample Coya’s signature ceviche and grilled meats.

On Thursday, May 18, the lunch and dinner menus will feature Pargo a La Trufa (red snapper, truffle and ponzu sauce); Salmon Nikkei (salmon, celery juice, ginger, daikon and wasabi tobiko); Langostinos Tigre (tiger prawns, aji panca and chives); Hongos (shiitake mushrooms, soya sauce and tamarind butter); Chuletas de Cordero (lamb chops with crushed aubergines); Chicha Morada (Peruvian purple corn colada with passionfruit, strawberry and orange shortbread); and Cheesecake de Maracuya (passionfruit cheesecake, roasted mango and mango sorbet).

Only dinner will be served on Friday, May 19. The menu on this day will have a few additional dishes such as Pez Limon (yellowtail tuna, green chilli and radish) and Lubina Chilena (Chilean sea bass with aji amarillo). The lunch will set you back by Rs10,000 per person (excluding taxes) and dinner by Rs12,000 per person (excluding taxes). To reserve a spot at the Coya pop-up, call 022 6665 3404 or mail

The Coya pop-up will take place at The Chambers on Thursday, May 18 at 7.30pm, and at the Crystal Room on Friday, May 19 at 7.30pm. Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, opposite Gateway of India, Colaba. Tel: 022 6665 3366. Get directions here

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