Situated behind King's Cross, CoBa is an Islington restaurant that offers a unique concept: Vietnamese barbecue with an Australian twist. Inspired by his mother’s Vietnamese home cooking, owner Damon Bui opened London’s CoBa restaurant to pay respect to his family and his upbringing. Serving incredible cocktails alongside innovative Vietnamese dishes and barbecued mains, CoBa is one of the city’s most successful rising stars. Visit this standout restaurant for dinner six days a week, from Monday to Saturday – but make sure to book ahead, as London’s CoBa is known to get busy, especially during peak times or when with a large group.
Born to immigrant parents in Australia, restaurateur Damon Bui uses his life experiences to shape and influence the unique brand of Vietnamese barbecue on offer at his labour of love, CoBa. The restaurant on Islington’s York Street, just steps from King’s Cross, is beautifully designed and full of light, and features a vibe that’s sophisticated and casual at the same time. The resident mixologists at CoBa are also world class, and are known to whip up some seriously strong Asian-inspired drinks.
CoBa is a rather new establishment, so its menu is constantly evolving. An order of spring rolls, fried butter chicken, or prawn toast is a good way to start off your meal at this Vietnamese restaurant near London’s Kings Cross. The mains here are packed full of flavour and include options like spicy lemongrass BBQ pork, pho noodles with beef, duck ramen, and delicious barbecued English lamb cutlets. And for all the sweet lovers out there, CoBa offers a rotating cake option daily. Be sure to book ahead when planning to visit this innovative Vietnamese barbecue restaurant in Islington.
We love CoBa! If you’ve only had Vietnamese food in Dalston this might look expensive but it’s just a totally different experience - great cocktails, great ambience and a small menu meaning each dish is thought about and carefully crafted. Prawn toast like nothing you’ve had before!
Highly highly recommend! The food is amazing and servers are very kind. This is a go to restaurant when we have friends visiting. Everyone loves it
I love this place. The food and service is excellent, prices reasonable and the design of the interior suits it perfectly. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Great food, fun and delicious cocktails and a relaxed, well-designed ambience with spot on service. In short we’ll be back. Have been meaning to give this place a try since it opened and I’m really glad we did. My other half actually uttered the words, “These are the best prawn toast I’ve ever eaten” - and they were.
Vietnamese cuisine is notoriously difficult to make outstanding, but Coba is definitely top of it's game - and with fantastic value. To start, the prawn toast was uniquely soft with real prawn flavours and texture whilst the Papaya salad was bursting with fragrance filled out with delicate pieces of tender, perfectly cooked chicken. On to mains and Beef Pho was significantly tastier than most with a broth that was full of flavour rather than watery and strips of tender beef accompanied by delicate meatballs. Excellent cocktails as accompaniment, although the Spring Tea was more ice tea with a gentle nudge than exciting cocktail with a punch. Overall a delicious and frugal experience worth the journey.
This was my first meal at Coba, inspired by the positive reviews that I read I made a booking. The food did not disappoint me, it was immensely flavourful, fresh and authentic. I particularly enjoyed the heat of the papaya salad (not for the fiend hearted), the beef skewers served as a special were incredible - moist and tender. Staff were attentive and friendly. I don't live in London but I will certainly be noting this for a second visit and telling friends who live locally.
Really enjoyed Coba, the food was very tasty and good value for money. The service was friendly and helpful, a bit slow at times, mainly just at getting the bill and paying, but not a massive deal. The fitout is very nice but I would suggest to them to fill out the space a little more to make it cosier, put up the music a little bit more and also cover the gaps in the wall (we sat at the wall and the freezing breeze came through), luckily they had a heater there ;) Would highly recommend it to everyone.
Coba is our new favourite restaurant, especially as it's within walking distance, we have now been there twice in two weeks which is a lot as we don't usually visit the same restaurant twice within 6 months (and we eat out most weekends?) The combination of amazingly cooked Vietnamese (mothers home recipe) food and awesomely made cocktails, I would put this little Kings Cross restaurant in my top 5 in London regardless of price point. 6 stars for me.
Coba! A hidden gem in the heart of central London. This restaurant never fails to disappoint on delivering an authentic Vietnamese dining experience, even on our second visit we will be coming back for more delicious food. (And cocktails) The BBQ lamb cutlets, summer rolls and in particular the fantastic service given by the team made our meal here one to remember. I would highly recommend this place!
The food at Coba is fantastic! The menu is very small but there is definitely a variety of gems in it. Everything we tried was faultless. We had a great meal and I think it is very reasonably priced as well. It is a very cosy little restaurant and it is perfect to go with a small group of friends. I will definitely go back!