KuYa, meaning “big brother” in Filipino, is exactly what the proprietor is to the restaurant; caring and ever-present on the restaurant’s two floors, the upper of which is reserved for small private events. With discreet lighting, background vibing music and contemporary urban décor, KuYa has an upbeat feel to it. You can dine at a table or sitting on a stool at the bar, admiring the large display of original, colourful craft beer cans like a modern art exhibit. The staff bustles around wearing t-shirts proudly emblazoned with ‘Eat like an Asian’ and you can prepare to do just that!
Dive right in with crunchy vegetable spring rolls with a twist, generously drizzled with a yummy peanut and sweet chilli sauce. The moist wakame seaweed salad, the tender steamed dumplings filled with prawn or vegetables, and the Tom Kha Gai chicken soup with coconut and ginger are all heavenly. Next, try using chopsticks to eat the divine crispy beef glazed in honey and soy on a deep bed of noodles, or the luscious yellow Thai curry with calamari and fragrant white rice. Enjoy a local or foreign craft beer, wine or a comforting homemade infusion of fresh ginger and lemongrass, then conclude with a deconstructed banoffee or a creamy coconut panna cotta.