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SquareMeal Review of Aqua Kyoto

Bronze Award

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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Good to know about Aqua Kyoto

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Japanese
Ambience
Lively
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch

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Special offers from Aqua Kyoto

Wabi Sabi: 3 courses & a cocktail £30

From: 8 May, 2019
To: 7 August, 2019
Max: 6
From a set menu.
Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-10:30PM,Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-7:00PM,Sat 5:30PM-7:00PM

Location for Aqua Kyoto

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

020 7478 0540

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Opening Times of Aqua Kyoto

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm (Sat -3.30pm -11pm) Sun 12N-6.30pm

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Anon

Cocktails are better on a rooftop!
24 February 2018  
It is 5pm on Sunday, and summer is officially here and I’m not going to miss one ray of sunshine by sitting indoors. So when its more than 16 degrees outside, what do you do? Go to a rooftop terrace and enjoy life! – I chose Aqua Kyoto! (its probably going to rain tomorrow) I have eaten in Aqua but it was a while back, and this time, we decided to get some cocktails. I wish I spent more time taking pictures of the views, as they were beautiful and you can literally see the whole of London from where I was standing. The crowd is a little young; 20’s –mid 30’s and I would suggest going between Thursday’s- Sunday’s as these days seem to have a vibrant and buzzing crowd. My choice of drink was a pornstar martini made by an amazing Italian bartender, whose name I cannot pronounce but he did well. Very strong but yet so sweet! Next time I will definitely be going back to try their Sunday infinity brunch ?
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Ms/Mrs. Nina K

Elegant and tasty
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.
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Mr. Russell N

Over-rated & over-priced
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.
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Anon

Aqua Kyoto
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
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Mr. kofi A

Awful
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!
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Anon

Good, but still hungry
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.
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Rhona G

Not worth the money
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.
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Mr. Grahaem B

Cool ambience, beautiful people, average food and very expensive
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…
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Ms/Mrs. Natalia P

Aqua Kyoto
15 August 2013  
very pleasant, good selection of sushi and sake. Very polite and attentive staff. Good for a date night
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Mr. 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.
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