Koya, an 8-seat tasting menu experience by Noble Rice, opens in Tampa


Time to make a reservation! The minds behind Noble Rice, one of the most consistently celebrated restaurants in Tampa, have just opened a new 8-seat tasting menu experience in Tampa. If you want to experience it for yourself, you’ll need to make a reservation.

Named Koya, the restaurant’s tasting menu is a focus on superior ingredients.

Ingredients used are fresh, and in season

“In the Japanese culture, the peak season of a particular ingredient is called its shun (旬) and the shun of many ingredients are passionately anticipated each year,” write the owners on the Koya website. “At Koya, you can expect to experience the concept of shun as our ever changing hyper seasonal and thematic menu will continue honoring tradition while showcasing new techniques.”

The tasting bar at Koya is considered a stage where every element of design is meant to highlight the theatre of the tasting experience.

Inaugural dinner series sold out

It’s upcoming 3-night dinner series at the end of August is already sold out, but gives an idea of what diners can expect when visiting.

This exclusive 3 night dinner series event will feature Chef Bryce Bonsack of Rocca. During these dinners Chefs Eric and Bryce will be exploring Wafu Italian (Japanese style Italian) Chef Bonsack spent time at the acclaimed Michelin starred Blanca in NYC, and has quickly risen as one of Tampa’s best chefs.

In total, the dinner experience will last around 3 hours.

Koya tasting menu debuts in September

In September, diners can begin savoring the Koya tasting menu.

“Our introductory tasting menu will be focusing on kaiseki and edomae style sushi. Expect 5-6 seasonal dishes followed by a series of sashimi/nigiri,” write the owners on the Koya website.

Plan to stay about 2 1/2 – 3 hours. This tasting may include beef or pork and other meats along with fresh fish flown in from Japan. 

Koya is able to accommodate shellfish allergies, and restrictions on pork & beef. However, they cannot accommodate gluten/soy restriction/no rice.

You can make a reservation now by clicking here.

Koya, 807 W Platt Street

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