I love the Aqua restaurants on top of the old Dickens and Jones building.
There is a cool bar, 2 fabulous outdoor terrace bars and two restaurants, Aqua Kyoto serving Japanese food and Aqua Nueva serving Spanish.
I usually go to the Spanish restaurant as I think Alberto Hernandez is one of the most underrated chefs in London and his food is amazing. Yesterday evening I went to Aqua Kyoto with a group of friends to try out a new tasting menu. We were treated to twelve dishes - which were thankfully small enough that we were able to enjoy everything on offer. There were 16 of us and service was excellent.
All the dishes arrived together and the waiters explained the ingredients and answered any questions. My favourite dishes from the menu were the swordfish belly, Kobe beef, Grilled scallop with sea grapes and the tempura with wasabi yuzu salt. In fact the wasabi yuzu salt was so good I think they should bottle it and sell it!
From the desserts the Fuji Apple was a masterpiece. It was an apple shape that shattered to reveal an apple flavour mousse and was served with creme fraiche ice cream...
I'm not sure how many of these dishes will make it on to the main menu, but I'll certainly be back to try more things next time I'm in London.
Reservations are advised for the restaurant, get here early if you want to have a drink on the terrace.... It gets completely packed as soon as the sun puts in an appearance. At about 8pm there was a queue downstairs on Argyll Street to be allowed in to join the queue upstairs for the terrace !!!!
5th Floor, 30 Argyll Street, London. Aqua Website
+44 20 7478 0540
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