Japanese cuisine is more than just sushi… That’s why events such as Japan Week (23rd – 3rd Oct) are a great way to showcase the diversity of Japanese food and drink. I joined the celebration at the tail end by choosing Aqua Kyoto – one of London’s most trendy and unique dining destinations for Japanese cuisine, for my date night. I’m no stranger to this 5th floor Bar and Restaurant, having spent a few summer dates on their outdoor terrace with a cocktail in had enjoying the views above Regents Street. Aqua also sits in place of the renowned former Dickens & Jones department store – where I had one of my first retail jobs in my late teens whilst living in Soho… So the connection runs deep!
This particular autumn evening, I wanted to try something new. I’m an indecisive Libra (fyi it’s birthday month) – and an endless menu often leaves me overwhelmed (I usually ask the staff for recommendations or I’d be reading the menu for hours!) Aqua Kyoto’s Japanese inspired Wabi Sabi menu eliminates any indecisiveness by offering a simple choice of specially selected options for a delicious 3 course meal plus a cocktail (mocktail option available) for just £29! This is a menu which doesn’t disappoint!
For starter we went with…
Tori kara age, purple sweet potato mayo, wasabi furikake & Cobia sashimi salad, ponzu, zuma salad.
For our mains we went with…
Asparagus yuzu kosho dashi, edamame, shiso yaki udon, sea bass, sesame sudachi soy, tsuma salad, and a Japanese egg rice prepared at the table in a performance-like style to accompany your main course.
Unlike the other courses, the dessert section doesn’t come with options and that’s possibly because there need only be one option to top it all off… The green tea brulee served with yuzu chocolate, and Japanese strawberry sorbet!… This was one part of the meal I didn’t mind not sharing!
Overall, we had a wonderful date night and we simply couldn’t fault anything! Great atmosphere (surprisingly not too busy during our Thursday night 6.30pm reservation), delicious food beautifully presented, and the hospitality was on point!
The Wabi Sabi menu is a special deal of 3 courses and a cocktail £29. *Available Monday to Friday 12pm – 2:30pm, Monday to Thursday 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 5.30pm – 7.00pm.
Aqua Kyoto is known for it’s central sushi bar, open sumibiyaki charcoal grill, and sleek theatrical black and red Japanese decor. However from the *10th October 2019 the restaurant will be closed for refurbishment until end of November. Manager Federico indulged me with some pictures of the new layout and decor… I have to say the current signature look will be missed however there’s a treat in store for us when the restaurant re-opens! The roof terrace will also have a do-up to make it cosier in the milder months and keep us protected from the typical London rain!
📍Aqua, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street) London, UK W1B 3BR
Reservations: +44 020 7478 0540
Photos: Ivo Belohoubek
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