With amazing views over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour Aqua is without doubt my favourite restaurant in Hong Kong, and in my top ten in the world.
It was the first restaurant my husband booked on my first trip to Asia.
We went to Hong Kong in 2005 for a week to decide if we wanted to live there and I guess dining here contributed to us deciding 'YES' and making the move that changed our lives forever.
Over the last 10 years we have dined here many many times. We nearly always brought our guests here to enjoy the amazing views and and the equally impressive food. Now is has become a bit of a ritual and everytime we are in Hong Kong I book a table here.
When you arrive in the reception area the view is hidden behind the sliding doors that lead to the restaurant. When you are being taken to your table and the doors open the view is simply breathtaking. There is a bar upstairs too that is on a mezzanine over the restaurant with the same wow factor when you get to the top of the stairs.
There are two kitchens, Japanese and Italian. both are excellent.
Although we nearly always opt for the Italian we often mix it up a bit by having Japanese starters. Having to two cuisines in one restaurant is obviously great if you have a group of people with different tastes too.
On this occasion there was a small group of us for a business dinner with some of my husband's colleagues.
We managed to reserve a private dining room (there is a minimum per head spend I think) and everyone was impressed.
The room is like a glass box in the corner of the restaurant with the views of the harbour.
If you are dining early enough you can watch the Symphony of Lights on Hong Kong island which happens at 8pm every evening.
Food is actually quite reasonably priced. Of course you can spend a small fortune if you go all out and order champagne and top quality Japanese dishes, but you can also eat amazing Italian style thin crust pizza or delicious pasta dishes and not break the bank.
We had a plate of Japanese starters to share and then I had a scrummy ravioli with soft egg and truffle inside followed by beef cheek on a bed of mash potato. My husband also had the ravioli - it was truffle season and the waiter advised us that it was amazing - followed by pizza.
Our friends opted for a variety of dishes all from the Italian menu.
The dessert platter which we have had many times before is a great way to end the meal if there are a group of you. you get to try lots and nothing is too heavy.
Everything we had was beautifully presented and service was excellent - as always.
We have never had a bad meal in Aqua and I never hesitate when recommending it to just about anybody I meet.
In fact I just advised a small group of Americans I met in a hotel lounge in Singapore and they emailed me to say 'thank-you' saying that together with a trip on Aqua Luna (owned by the same people) it was one of the hi-lights of their trip.
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