From the location in the basement of a large, classical building that had lain empty for a decade, to the distressed Inca-style interior revamp, Coya's look is all about recreating the clandestine basement vibe of a pre-revolution Havana nightclub.
The space is dark and sexy with dimmed-down lights, but each table sits under its own spotlight and the metallic finishes and bold colour palette keep the tone upscale.
Who goes there
People who love to dine in vibrant surroundings while networking, celebrating with friends or on an intimate date.
With more than 40 tequilas on the extensive spirits list, you can order pretty much any drink while propping yourself up at The Pisco Bar - but you would be missing out if you didn't try one of the bartenders' bespoke Pisco infusions.
Small and beautifully presented sharing plates are at the heart of this Peruvian-influenced dining experience created by chef Sanjay Dwivedi, who has cooked at the Michelin-starred Zaika, The Ivy, and was a touring chef for the Rolling Stones.
The signature dish is Cazuelas, sweet fish flakes with burnt palm sugar in a risotto style. However, leather-bound menus conceal an adundance of choice. Work your way through each of the three kitchens - soft sea bass from the Ceviche Bar; steak from the open charcoal grill and Arroz Nickkei from the central kitchen.
Become a member to get access upstairs, where there's a more relaxed, living room-style dining experience on offer - and a terrace for smokers that is cool enough to tempt non-smokers outside.
www.coyarestaurant.com; 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NW; Tel: 020 7042 7118