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

020 3589 3945

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SquareMeal Review of Aqua Kyoto

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.

Special offers

London Restaurant Festival 2017 - 3 courses £30 per person

From: 01 October 2017

To: 31 October 2017

Max: 6

Go zen lunch £25 per person

From: 29 August 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 6

Experience menu & a glass of sake £75 per guest

From: 10 July 2017

To: 30 November 2017

Max: 6

Weekend brunch from £34 per person

From: 22 October 2014

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 6

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6.9

Food & Drink: 6.3

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.6

Value: 5.2

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 19 September 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.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Russell N. bronze reviewer 09 April 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 paid £300 for four people with no wine, just three beers and one cocktail. The waygu beef fillet was £55; the sushi platters were £31 & £36 (traditional & modern) for just 22 pieces in total so more than £3 per piece. I've eaten much nicer sushi at other London restaurants for half that.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Abrar M. 17 October 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

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

the stranger silver reviewer 28 May 2015

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! Oh, you might say, it isn't just about portion size. What about the quality? Well, the food was average at best and definitely over priced. Nothing stood out. Absolute nothing! The night ended with a trip to McDonalds. I kid you not!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Martin H. 25 April 2015

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.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Rhona G. 14 November 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.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Grahaem B. 15 September 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…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Natalia P. gold reviewer 15 August 2013

very pleasant, good selection of sushi and sake. Very polite and attentive staff. Good for a date night

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Ray H. 05 November 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 the 5th floor this was a huge bonus for the majority of my party.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Will F. bronze reviewer 03 July 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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Room for 10 people
Capacity: 10
Special offers

London Restaurant Festival 2017 - 3 courses £30 per person

From: 01 October 2017

To: 31 October 2017

Max: 6

Go zen lunch £25 per person

From: 29 August 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 6

Experience menu & a glass of sake £75 per guest

From: 10 July 2017

To: 30 November 2017

Max: 6

Weekend brunch from £34 per person

From: 22 October 2014

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 6