Recipe for success: Group behind La Petite Maison to open Coya
What’s On details Coya restaurant Dubai at Four Seasons Dubai, in Jumeirah. Find out about the new hotel in Dubai and the other Peruvian food in Dubai.
One of London’s most popular restaurants is coming to Dubai, to the new Four Seasons in Jumeirah.
Set to open in December, Coya Restaurant and Bar will be launched by the same group behind last year’s What’s On Awards Best Restaurant winner, La Petite Maison.
Described by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph as ‘a culinary revelation’ and, curiously, as ‘looking like the kind of place you’d go to get killed in a Bond film’, the Peruvian hotspot is set in a restored Georgian house in the exclusive Mayfair district of London.
Serving Peruvian food – lots of meat, lots of fish and ceviche by the tray-load – in a loud and large restaurant/bar downstairs, the UK venue has three open kitchens; the Ceviche Bar, the Open Charcoal Grill and the Central Kitchen.
It also comes with a private member’s lounge, complete with approximately 10 tables, a two-man live band, a well-stocked bar and dim lights.
According to information released exclusively to What’s On, ‘a lobby, softly lit by a chandelier accented with antique Incan gilding, will lead to a 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’.
A total of 189 seats will fill the main dining areas, which have been designed by the same team as were behind the London outlet.
There’s even art work that was specially released by the Peruvian government.
Elsewhere in the venue is a ‘Pisco’ Bar and Lounge, which is described as ‘a true destination bar that transports guests to another world. In addition to a vivacious music scene, Coya will also showcase a variety of established photographers, artists, illustrators, sculptors, poets and underexposed talent with year round hosted events.,
It joins The Act, Story Rooftop Lounge and Toro Toro as purveyors of food from Peru, the country which was last year voted the world’s leading culinary destination.
The revelation that Coya will be one be of the 10 outlets at the Four Seasons is not the first time interest in the new development on the beach has been piqued.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten – whose self-titled restaurant in New York has three Michelin stars – would open his second and third UAE ventures on the site. Market Kitchen in Abu Dhabi, to which the Frenchman acted as a consultant, has been hailed as one of the most brilliantly unique in the capital since its opening in the first part of 2014.
Also expected at the resort is an exclusive lounge known as Provocateur Nightclub, which will welcome international DJs.
Speaking in July about the hotel as a whole, General Manager Simon Casson insisted it will be different from the usual big, brash buildings dotted around Dubai, choosing instead to be “an intimately scaled, luxurious enclave of comfort and style”.
Standing at just five stories high, he seemingly has a point. The resort spreads across 14 acres and has 237 guest rooms and suites offering either Burj Khalifa or sea views. The spa, so the hotel say, will ‘become a resort unto itself’, encompassing 706 square metres of the property.
Outside, the Four Seasons stretches out along almost 300 metres of natural beachfront, allowing for an on-site watersports facility, as well as two pools and several day villas, home to ‘super cabanas’.