Leanne Kelsall embarked on a mission, to discover the best places to eat around Regent Street, for this review she headed to aqua kyoto for some top-notch sushi
With no shortage of sushi spots in the culinary capital, most of us prefer to stick to the places we know best. However, if you haven’t yet discovered aqua kyoto – one of three Aqua restaurants in London – you’re missing a chopstick, I mean trick.
Make your way through the swanky ground floor lobby and hitch a dark and mysterious ride in the lift up to the restaurant, an enormous room located on the fifth floor. It’s filled with dark oak and red, velvet furnishings and extravagant Chinese lanterns.
The spot-lit sushi workstation is a feast for hungry eyes, with fresh tuna, salmon, sea bass and other sashimi proudly displayed. There’s also a roof terrace, which our waiter explains is a bustling cocktail hub come the summer.
For now, however, the British weather has kept us indoors and, in any case, we’re here to try the renowned Infinity Brunch served with unlimited Veuve Clicquot.
The modern sushi brunch menu includes a beautifully decorated sushi platter, as well as sticky chicken skewers straight from the grill. Many of the chefs here have worked in Aqua’s Hong Kong branch and the food certainly plays testament.
Even our waiter, a man on a 12-month ‘transfer’ from Aqua’s Hong Kong HQ says the London branch is a little sashimi slice of Japan here in the city.
For stunning sushi in a setting that’s suitably glamorous, make aqua kyoto your next stop.
Perfect for: Swanky sushi brunch with a bird’s-eye view
By Leanne Kelsall
aqua kyoto – Where and how
240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street)
UK W1B 3BR
Reservations : 0207 478 0540
Reservations at aqua kyoto are open on a two-month rolling basis.
12.00 – 2.30pm Monday to Saturday
12.00 – 4.00pm Infinity Brunch Sunday
5.30 – 8.00pm Signature Sunday
(bar is open until 10.30pm).
5.30 -10.30pm Monday to Wednesday
5.30 -11.00pm Thursday to Saturday
The terrace bar is in full operation in the Spring, Summertime only. During the winter, guests are welcome to take drinks outside and enjoy the stunning views across the city.
The terraces serve lunch from 12-3pm and drinks from the afternoon through to the evening. aqua kyoto don’t take reservations for the terraces, entry is on a walk-in basis.
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