London is privy to a host of swish restaurants from this international restaurant group (Aqua Shard and Aqua Kyoto, for example), with its Aqua Nueva site serving Galicia cuisine from the north-west of Spain. Its super central location makes it an ideal spot for numerous occasions, which is easily accessible via a short walk from Oxford Street station. Step inside to a paradise of sleek surroundings. Underneath the arched ceiling, which is accentuated by curved strip lights, the main dining area offers a variety of seating that allows for privacy (at circular booths) or a buzzing dining experience (separate square tables). Dark mahogany furnishings create a warm yet smart feel while brick-style tiles create the feeling that you’re sitting in a train station. There are also a handful of partially covered rooftop terraces, ideal for drinks and weekday lunches.
On the menu, discover contemporary Spanish tapas plates designed for sharing. There will be things you recognise, such as Spanish tortilla, croquettes, padron peppers and Iberian ham, and things you don’t. Examples of the restaurant’s own signature dishes include Galician-style octopus with green mojo, Galician beef tartare with roasted bone marrow and sourdough and roasted delica pumpkin with artichoke mayonnaise. Meanwhile, desserts feature chocolate churros with candy orange - because what else?
There are multiple menus to choose from including a la carte, lunch, brunch, pre-theatre and the bar and terrace menu. You can choose to add free-flowing bubbles to the brunch menu, which is only available on Saturdays, while the bar menu includes a selection of the tapas dishes that are also part of the main offering. Indeed, if you fancy stopping by for drinks and a nibble, there’s a broad range of cocktails to pique your interest throughout the evening (although you’re unlikely to make a dent in the list). Many feature Japanese-inspired ingredients, such as Shiso Sour (Singleton 12 Yrs Old, shiso leaves, lime juice, egg white, sugar syrup) and Aqua Martini (Ketel One, yuzu juice, orange juice, sake syrup, egg white).