We’ve been totally spoilt with the weather over the last week (yes, when you live in England the sun coming out is an absolute rarity). So, with that in mind, and with fellow Toads and T’s gal – Alex’s birthday, we decided to head to the uber trendy and oh-so-elegant bar and restaurant – Aqua.
Being just a two minute walk from Oxford Circus and directly opposite the Palladium theatre, Aqua couldn’t be any more central. With three roof top terraces all boasting stunning views over the city and a head chef who trained at elBulli (previously the number one restaurant in the world until it closed), this venue is well worth a visit.
We decided to dine in Aqua Nueva – which serves up contemporary Spanish cuisine, headed up by acclaimed chef Alberto Hernandez who trained at three Michelin starred restaurant elBulli. Aqua Nueva also shares the top floor with Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto – which has a fresh sushi bar (a great reason for a return trip).
After a glass of champagne and a toast to the birthday girl on the terrace, we headed in to be seated in the ultra-glam restaurant. We decided to go for a sharing tapas, ordering just about everything on the menu.
Iberian ham croquettes.
Chorizo, pancetta and fried potatoes with a soft poached egg.
Selection of cured Iberian sausages.
Goats cheese with seasonal herbs, rosemary honey jelly.
Marinated scampi and salted Cod, avocado and tomato jelly.
Spicy paprika marinated lobster with crispy pork belly.
For desert we continued with our tapas theme and shared these;
Crema Catalana, cardamom cream and toffee ice
Home made cumin bread with chocolate ganache and olive oil
Mango and basil cannelloni with passion fruit ice cream
When it comes to portion size the dishes are very modest so perhaps not the best place to go if you’re starving (but then that’s what you’d expect from a Michelin star trained chef). However, the dishes are beautifully presented and there’s no denying that what you do get is absolutely delicious. If you’re thinking of heading to Aqua expect to pay around £40-45 per person based on dinner and a drink, with more on top if you intended to trial the cocktail menu.
As it’s a very popular venue (especially when the sun is shining) it’s likely that you’ll have to queue to go out on to the terrace and also don’t expect to have much room once you’re out there because it’s quite crowded. All in all we had a great night at Aqua and we’d highly recommend a trip to anyone who enjoys fine food, amazing views and a lively atmosphere.