One of the beautiful roof terraces and view London has to offer is located behind Regent’s Street and part of a fancy trendy cocktail bar & Japanese restaurant called Aqua Kyoto. Aqua Kyoto is part of the 3 restaurants managed and owned by the KYOTO group based in Hong Kong. LYA had the opportunity to test Aqua’s fine Japanese food during 2 different occasions: the first time was for a girls-only dinner and the second time was to celebrate Mr. H’s 25th birthday, which I will focus on in this review. Please note that there is a strict dress code – no destroyed jeans or trainers allowed. Moreover, you should take your ID if you plan on getting there after 11:00 PM for drinks.
Before getting straight to the food menu, we decided to start celebrating by trying out 2 Aqua signature cockatils: apple & celeriac martini in green and a passion/mango martini in orange. Both of them were super fresh and the size of the glass was perfect. LYA also recommends you to get a bit of Sake to accompany your dinner. Further to the drinks, we decided to get a bit of everything. Sampling is always the best to get a try at different dishes and as food fans, which is what we went for: shrimp tempuras, teriyaki chicken, maki rolls, crab salad, and more! The only negative point was that the portions are really small… I recommend you get a nice portion of vegetable udon noodles to fill you a little more (this dish is also a must try!!).
But the part of the evening we will remember is definitely the desserts: panna cotta and choco/coco dome… OMG, if you don’t know what you are getting, you will definitely be surprised by the originality of the tastes and Japanese ingredients.
LYA believes it is however a nice place to have a few cocktails after work and enjoy a few small plates or sushis. In terms of the quantity/price ratio, it is a bit too expensive for what you really get. However, it is important to admit service is great and efficient and the view/terrace are pretty amazing too.