COYA has been a favorite of downtown since it opened earlier this year. With soaring ceilings, colorful, Peruvian-influenced design and an exciting menu, COYA has become a serious hotspot. So it stands to reason that it should get in on the brunch action. The way it works is guests start with a buffet of all the things you might expect—ceviches, tiraditos, causes and salads—along with a few things you might not like maki rolls (don’t forget Peru has a big Japanese population who has influenced the local cuisine.)
Then you choose from two distinct menus. The first is the “Aguas Calientes” (an area very, very close to Machu Picchu) it’s a $75 deal with bottomless Cape Bleue rose wine from JL Colombo, grilled, sweet yellow corn on the cob for the table and a choice of one of four great menu options to order. These include Salmon a la Brasa with golden beets and cucumber; Lomo Saltado steak with quinoa and fried egg; Cazuela de Pato, a duck confit with cilantro rice; and Papa Seca, dried Peruvian potatoes with butternut squash and a poached egg.
The second option, called the “Machu Piccho” costs $95 and comes with endless Cuvee Prestige Taittinger Brut. The meal includes chaufa, quina, fried egg and bacon for the table along with four order-off-menu choices. They are Arroz Nikkei, Chilean Sea Bass with rice; 1/2 Pollo al Jospor, which is a half roasted corn-fed chicken with cilantro; Solomillo de Res, a spicy beef tenderloin; or Papa Seca con Setas—more dried potatoes that come with forest mushrooms.
Despite the fact that there are flowing wines into your glass, at any point during the meal, diners can command other drinks off the menu, including one of COYA’s famous Pisco Punches. After all, no Peruvian meal would be complete without a nib of the national drink, and London’s COYA is part Pisco bar.
Dessert at COYA’s Peruvian brunch means not having to make any choices. They bring it all to the table. Magdalena de Lucuma, Profiteroles, Flan de Carmelo, Mousse de Chocolate, Panacotta de Maiz, and finally, Tarta de Limon Verde. Hopefully, you’re not sitting at it alone!
COYA — 999 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (305) 415-9990