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As far removed from the Zen minimalist school as it gets, Aqua Kyoto does high-end Japanese with a bit of razzmatazz. Feel the vibe as you circumnavigate the central bar, past gorgeous kimono silk-padded booths, to reach the dramatic dining room with its showpiece sunken sushi bar crowned by an oversize red lantern. The clubby mood conjures up shades of Tokyo’s swanky Ginza district, likewise the menu’s luxurious bent. Go for broke by ordering king crab tempura with crab miso, Wagyu maki rolls and agedashi aubergine with roasted foie gras, or discover original creations ranging from chilli yuzu lamb teriyaki with Japanese artichokes to rabbit with green peach, pumpkin tofu and mustard ankake sauce. By contrast, lunchtime bento boxes and sashimi selections are gentler on the wallet. The terrace is perfect for a sundowner.

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Aqua Kyoto

240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Elegant and tasty

by   silver reviewer (17)

Sep 2016

A beautiful restaurant with elegant and tasty food. The unlimited champagne deal is well worth it. The food portions are small, but very good and you leave feeling satisfied, but not full. Lovely atmosphere with a great outdoor area. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

Nina K.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Over-rated & over-priced

by   bronze reviewer (11)

Apr 2016

Went here with my family (wife two teenaged sons). It's a big place - the terrace is nice on a sunny evening but wasn't open the day we were there. The restaurant is pretty noisy but that's fine if you're looking for a buzzy place. The bar is busy with people so it has a lively atmosphere. The menu is comprehensive, with some traditional Japanese dishes and some more modern takes on oriental cuisine. Some of the food was tasty but none of it blew me away -- except the bill. We...

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Russell N.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Aqua Kyoto

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Oct 2015

The atmosphere was great as well as the service, unfortunately the food was not great, The Shrimps were very stiff and were not the best I've had considering the price, they seemed really over cooked. Most of what we ordered we couldn't eat as the taste was not great. Probably won't go back again for food. may go back to bar for drinks

Abrar M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Awful

by   silver reviewer (18)

May 2015

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If there are tons of bad reviews for a restaurant which you choose to avoid, then you only have yourself to blame. Shame on me because I am one of those people. Attended this place with three friends last Friday. Nothing on the menu looked substantial so we asked our waiter for the best options. He steered us towards the set menu. We repeatedly told him that we wanted to be filled up and he repeatedly said that we would. Not true! We had to order extra items just to fill out the meagre portions!...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 1

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Good, but still hungry

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Apr 2015

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Had lunch with a friend. The room is delightful, but here were very few diners, so little atmosphere. The food was excellent, but just not enough of it.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Not worth the money

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Nov 2013

Aqua Kyoto looks great. some of the dishes we had were very nice but nothing wow – considering the wow prices! one doesn't mind the price if it's justified but this place really isn't. We were amazed when a main dish of tuna sashimi only had THREE tiny pieces on the plate! the bill was extortionate but for the same money elsewhere we could have had amazing food in return. I would certainly not return nor recommend it.

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Cool ambience, beautiful people, average food and very expensive

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Sep 2013

Another Nobu-like place, very slick service, sexy atmosphere, but very ordinary sushi and very expensive. You are paying for the place, not the food…

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 4

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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by   (1)

Nov 2012

Having been to WasabiSabi in Hong Kong it was only right that I enjoy a meal at kyoto with my friends during a brief trip to London. I have to say the atomsphere for such an occasion was perfect; the food was enjoyed by all, and I would certainly recommend such a restaurant for those who like to try authentic Japanese in an impressive central location. We were very blessed to have come on an evening where some of the guests were able to go onto the heated terrace for a cigarette break, being on...

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Ray H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Jul 2012

Fantastic terrace for when the sun is shining. Jalapeno sea bass was exceptional, a little disappointed by the iberico pork but only because I didn't relise it would be ceviche style. Soft shell crab and king prawn tempura were good and the sashimi was of a high quality.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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    Her Favourite Food :: Her Favourite Food: Aqua Kyoto, Regent Street

    Aqua Kyoto does high-end Japanese in the swankiest way possible. The entrance to the restaurant is through a ground floor lobby, decked out in deep crimson where a doorman awaits to direct diners to a lift that takes you up to the lavishly finished fifth floor.

    The first half of Aqua Kyoto is composed of the bar area, Aqua Spirit, which is surrounded by kimono silk padded booths. This leads onto a dramatic dining room where the main show piece is a sunken sushi bar where diners can watch their meals being expertly made...
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    After all the eating and boozing over Christmas, many of us try to start the new year with a healthier approach. Often the word healthy can be translated as dull when we envisage such dishes in our head. However, Soho restaurant Aqua Kyoto has managed to create a menu which combines food which is both nutritious and tastes gorgeous. The New Year Solutions is a special menu which runs from January to March 2015, offering three courses of delicious and nourishing Japanese fare...
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