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“Friendly staff; good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aqua

Aqua
705 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center East)
215-928-2838
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Ranked #405 of 3,780 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center East
Burlington, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Friendly staff; good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Visited on a quite night when the rest of the city was watching fireworks so had the place to ourselves mostly. To start, the Thai mojitos were delicious. We sampled a few apps - potato curry (good curry), satay tofu (weird flavor, bland tofu), and fried squid with peppers and onions ( very good). Then for dinner we sampled the Kari Mee with tofu (so-so), Pad see ew (delicious and very flavorful), and the soft shell crab (awesome, well done!).

Overall we were satisfied with our quite couples night out for Thai.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Rockville Centre, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Really tasty Thai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Had lunch here. I ordered the Malaysian Fried Rice. It has shrimp, tomatoes, onions and green beans. What can I say, it was DELICIOUS! I will definitely return.

Visited May 2014
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Toronto
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“So-so Malay, It's not Singapore...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

So having spent about a month in Singa last year I have a pretty good taste for Malay. Aqua looked hopeful and the Roti-pratha was bang on (save the curry sauce or just order more). But from there dinner was not as good. Spicy seafood stirfry was okay, but mainly calamaris and mainly soy with thai maepranom sauce. Beef rendang was watery, not thick and coconutty - and I know every family's rendang is different, but this did not draw me in and for me to leave a plate of sauce when there is rice available means it did not wow me. Reduce that sauce, little more coconut cream and a bit of palm sugar - and I would have eaten rice and rendang sauce for an hour. Seriously.

Visited April 2014
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Cape May, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Tasty food + happy hour specials = happiness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Came here a few weeks ago with a friend. They had a great menu with a ton of choices. The server informed us of the happy hour specials and we ordered our choices. The service was quick, friendly and helpful. The mixed drinks were really good and the food was excellent. I will definitely be coming back in the near future.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wallingford, PA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“About Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Visited for lunch. Service was pretty good (4), but the food was uninspiring. I was particularly disapointed in the Won Ton soup, which was light on the flavor of the broth, and with too much added flavor from unusual spices.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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