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Aqua Eight

8 Lion Street, Ipswich IP1 1DQ, England
01473 218989
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Ranked #7 of 315 restaurants in Ipswich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $26 - $40
Cuisines: Asian fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited Aqua Eight on Saturday night for the 9pm sitting. Both myself and my partner had never been before but had read some good reviews on trip advisor so we were expecting good things and we certainly weren't disappointed. We arrived a little early so had a pre dinner drink in the outside garden area which was lovely. The restaurant... More

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went for a birthday meal. Great atmosphere, the food was amazing. There was lots of choice. Lovely evening. Would recommend.

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Hotgirl99, So glad to hear you had an enjoyable birthday celebration at Aqua Eight. Thank you for the kind feedback and we'll look forward to seeing you again on another occasion! More

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

went here for our wedding anniversary, what a mistake. The starters were nice, so was looking forward to the main. Unfortunately the chicken although in a sauce was dry, even over cooked meat could not be this dry. I suspect that as we were in the restaurant as soon as it was opened, this was reheated chicken, can't prove this... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Andrew e, I'm really sorry to hear that the chicken you experienced wasn't to your liking. Every dish is freshly prepared and cooked, served immediately and piping hot from the wok so it's a mystery as to why your single dish wasn't up to our usual high standards. We don't use reheated chicken, only freshly cooked. Would you like... More

Suffolk
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We came here for a nice meal, we entered and were shown straight upstairs and seated. First the starter we chose they had "ran out of", then I had problems ordering, the waiter couldn't understand that I didn't want milk/cream in my dish. After finally getting a dish ordered, he returned 5 minutes later saying they couldn't make it without... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear theZombies13, Thank you for telling me about your experience. It is true that there is a minimum charge for peak-time restaurant dining and it is printed on every page of the menu. However, I understand that this may not have been spotted by you and that reminding guests needs to be handled tactfully by our staff, who are also... More

ipswich
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I've been here a few times recently and each time it has been just as delicious, if not better! Easily my favourite restaurant! Every dish is very unique and full of different flavours, definitely something for everyone. All staff work very hard and mostly all are very friendly making a comfortable atmosphere for a lovely evening. My only disadvantage is... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Strawberries89bw, Thank you and what a compliment! We are honoured that you've rated Aqua Eight food the best you've ever eaten. You flagged up how busy it can be and yes, moving to the garden for post-dinner drinks is one way to beat the crowds. Another couple of options if you prefer a quieter atmosphere are to try lunchtime... More

Essex
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I've been to Aqua Eight three times now and they have never failed to disappoint. The service is fantastic and the staff are very friendly without being overbearing. I've been with a friend, my husband (both times for dinner) and for a work meal (at lunch time). The atmosphere in the restaurant was perfect for all three meals and we... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear LC, When I read your opening line, my heart skipped a beat (it ends with .." never fails to disappoint"!), but it's evident from your five star rating and the enthusiastic tone of your review that it was just a slip of the keyboard! Thank you very much for your kind feedback, which is much appreciated. More

Ipswich, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I've been here a few times for dinner over the past few years and it hasn't changed one bit which is great as the service, quality of food and value is brilliant. It is slightly more expensive than similar restaurants but do not be afraid to pay extra because what you receive is more than worth it. We went for... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Jambofun, We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit enough to give us the full five stars! Thank you. Yes, the lunchtime set menu offer is terrific value and a great alternative for anyone who wants a long lunch with a more leisurely pace than evenings on Fridays and Saturdays. More

Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Aqua Eight is very much a type of place that you choose for a special occasion, the fushion style food is quite unique and the only type of restaurant offering this style of cuisine. Unfortunately this niche is also the restarants downfall. There is a overwhelming feeling of arrogance in the establishment. This 'niche' has allowed them to over price... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Laura G Thank you for telling us about your recent experience. Your feedback has been noted and all the points you raise are being addressed. There's certainly no arrogance here, but there is a wish to learn from anything that did not go well for guests and to discuss it with the team so we can put it right... More

Colchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A lot of deep fried food but it is all delicious..... We often have the vegetarian set menu and always come away full and feeling very well looked after. We are regulars and love it!

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Gemmafafenna Thank you for your praise and the five star review! I'm glad you enjoy the vegetarian food and you may not be aware that there are over 20 vegetarian dishes to choose from on our "a la carte" menu. The vast majority of these are NOT deep fried, so we hope when you return you'll perhaps explore and... More

Otley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited on the 28th of June with a group of friends for my Birthday, I was really impressed with the fantastic service and food, nothing was too much trouble and after finishing our main we moved to the private VIP area downstairs and was made to feel very special. The Manager was fantastic and a real credit to the... More

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Simon C We're glad you had such a good birthday at Aqua Eight and were delighted to treat you as a VIP on your special day. More

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