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Game-Changing Vegan Restaurant Replaces God-Tier Japanese at Victoria Food Hall

Koya Ko follows Marksman’s Bunshop out of Market Halls Victoria. It is replaced by King Cook’s Cook Daily from Hackney

Market Halls Victoria signs London vegan restaurant Cook Daily Cook Daily [Official Photo]

One of London’s leading Japanese restaurants, Koya, has left Market Halls food court in Victoria. It follows another so-called god-tier restaurant brand, the Markman’s Bunshop, out of the multi-brand space, which opened last autumn. Where Bunshop was replaced by the Instagrammable soft serve brand, Soft Serve Society, Koya is replaced by Cook Daily, King Cook’s vegan fusion and gluten-free restaurant.

Shuko Oda and John Devitt’s Koya, which opened in Market Halls as Koya Ko, a mini spin-off of the restaurant which has enjoyed enormous success on Frith Street in Soho and the Bloomberg Arcade in the City, specialises in udon noodles and thrillingly imaginative small plates which marry British ingredients with Japanese culinary traditions. The original restaurant is an Eater London 38 mainstay.

Devitt confirmed to Eater that Koya Ko departed Market Halls Victoria a fortnight ago, but did not speak about the reasons why.

He said, “After six-months, we’ve decided that it’s time for Koya Ko to leave Market Hall Victoria. It’s been fun trying out our new concept and being part of the Market Hall family. Looking ahead we will be exploring other opportunities.”

Simon Anderson, the co-founder and curator of Market Halls, which also opened a site in Fulham last year and has plans to open just off Oxford Street (the U.K.’s biggest) later this year and in Canary Wharf in 2020, said that it “was always a test for [Koya], [they] did 6 months they were doing okay, just not sure the customer based was right them.”

Cook Daily — the game-changing restaurant from Hackney, which has sought to reframe the white, Western wellness vegan discourse — is Koya’s replacement. Anderson said they’re “already killing it with a totally vegan and gluten free menu.”

For a full list of restaurants at Market Halls Victoria, check out this comprehensive index.

Market Hall Victoria

191 Victoria Street, , England SW1E 5NE Visit Website


Arch 358 Westgate Street, , England E8 3RN Visit Website

Koya Soho

50 Frith Street, , England W1D 4SQ 020 7434 4463 Visit Website

Koya City

10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, , England EC4N 8AR Visit Website


254 Hackney Rd, London, Greater London E2 7SJ +44 20 7739 7393 Visit Website