Bar Koya, a new restaurant from the minds behind Noble Rice and the MICHELIN-starred Koya, will open this summer in Tampa. It will be located just around the corner from Koya (807 W Platt St). An official opening timeline is still TBA, but the restaurant has hinted at a late summer debut.
Wafu is Italian cuisine made with Japanese sensibilities. “Think handmade pasta, house cured meats , and crudo,” writes the Bar Koya team. This intimate wine bar will feature a large selection of Italian, and French wines, sake cocktails, mocktails and more, according to an Instagram post from the restaurant.
Diners will be able to enjoy the sounds of jazz during their visit, and on the weekends a live performance or two from area musicians. Follow Bar Koya on Instagram for updates and an official opening time.
If it’s anything like Koya, it’s sure to be another gem in Tampa’s culinary crown. Koya is already one of the most revelatory restaurants in the city. “Adriana and Eric Fralick keep a watchful eye over the experience at this intimate eight-seat counter, where a multicourse contemporary tasting menu shares a singular interpretation of Japanese cuisine,” write the MICHELIN judges. “The dishes are often unexpected yet always thoughtful. Spectacular seafood is a given: staple luxuries like bluefin tuna and uni are flown in weekly from Kagoshima market, where the team has a personal buyer.”
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