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“Everything going for it if someone takes charge.”
Review of Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto
Ranked #1,573 of 22,671 Restaurants in London
Price range: $38 - $101
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Soho
Description: Set high above the bustle of Regent Street on the fifth floor of the famous former Dickins & Jones building, aqua london is one of the capital's most unique and exciting drinking and dining destinations with its two restaurants, cocktail bar and stunning roof terraces. Aqua kyoto is a unique Japanese restaurant showcasing chef Paul Greening's innovative cuisine. An extensive menu of beautifully-presented sushi and sashimi is complemented by creative hot dishes combining the highest quality British produce with Paul's contemporary technique. A central sushi bar and open sumibiyaki charcoal grill combine with sleek black and red decor to create a sense of theatre in keeping with aqua kyoto's location in the heart of the West End. Pass the Pamplona bull that seems to charge at you along the sultrily-lit corridor and find yourself in aqua nueva, offering Spanish dining at its finest. Here chef Alberto Hernandez presents a modern take on traditional northern Spanish cuisine, reinterpreting classic dishes in exciting new ways. Meanwhile at London's first dedicated Cava Bar guests can order from a menu of delicious tapas while enjoying a glass of cava from an extensive list. At the heart of aqua london is aqua spirit and its charcoal-ringed bar representing Zen purity. Perennially popular as a destination for beginning, ending or spending an evening, at aqua spirit master mixologists serve up some of the finest cocktails in London. Aqua spirit boasts two hidden gems - outdoor terraces with stunning views over London's rooftops, perfect places to relax and refresh.
London
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Everything going for it if someone takes charge.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Great location, great venue, great rooftop bar, trendy clientele. Cocktail bar prices without olives / nuts / anything ..? Add it to the drinks cost and serve some nice pre dinner bites with the drinks! Staff very hit and miss, some great and some tired of lack of training or lack of encouragement. We have been on a number of occasions, we like the venue and the style but I am so disappointed that there is zero wow factor, there deserves to be, this should be an uber trendy venue with slick service and obvious management directing the show. The food is good, we like the mix of choice but again disappointed that on a few occasions where we were stuck with something unusual on the menu or were unsure of portion size etc. - no waiting staff training to assist us confidently when we needed advice. I want this place to be great and it can be, staff training on the menu is a must, a shout out for Myat a few nights ago, she was excellent - stepped right up to the plate when she realised things were falling flat with the wine order (at a quiet time on a quiet night) and lack of understanding with parts of the menu, she saved the night.
It's certainly worth trying, it can be a great post work, pre theatre or dinner venue, it's just missing its Mojo right now.

  • Visited July 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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  • English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unknown object in the food, rude service”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile


My wife and I went for dinner, and the first course was good. We ordered the fish and saw a piece if plastic in the plate. We asked the dish to be replaced, and the manger (Simon) behaved rudely in a way I have never seen before outside McDonald's.

We left the place, and will not come back.

  • Visited July 2013
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LONDON
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fab Sushi!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Lovely Sushi, great atmosphere, music and drinks after on the rooftop terrace is a great end to a fab night. Would highly recommend and will be back. The only negative is bar service is really really slow! Don't let this stop you though!

  • Visited July 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cool, Trendy and lovely Food.”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Cool, trendy place with a lively/fun vibe, lots of young people and people eating for special occasions.

The cocktails are nice (rather strong) and the roof terrace is a nice option. The bar itself and perhaps the bar staff aren't to die for as not much room and all seemed a bit hurried/unwelcoming but pleasant enough for a quick drink.

The table service was quick and the staff were happy to recommend dishes.

The food was nicely cooked/flavoured - each dish was fully explained. I'd say if you like Hakkasan this place would suit you - the food here is slightly more adventurous yet delicate and of better quality.

I'd definitely go again.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Very unpleasant servis.”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Looking very good at first sight, waiting at the bar for ages to order our drinks with barmen having obviously fun of talking and laughing. Then doing us a big favor of making 2 basic drinks, and charging us top money, payment proces took another 10 minutes. No servis whats-o-ever and still asking for service charge! Nor nice experience walking passed the waitress/ hostess and security guy as they pushed through and not giving a way to paying customer and treat you with I am socool working look .I am very disappointed of this place, will never be back and definitely will not recommend to anyone .

  • Visited June 2013
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