Welcome to aqua london’s blog!

The new aqua nueva unveiled!

Welcome to the official blog of aqua london. Here you’ll find all the latest news from our Japanese restaurant aqua Kyoto, our Spanish restaurant aqua nueva (recently reopened after a stunning refurbishment and with an exciting new menu) and our ever-popular cocktail bar aqua spirit, complete with stunning roof terraces, all found on one level high above London’s famous Regent Street.

The blog is the hub of our online community, which we really want you to be a part of. So, we invite you to connect with us using the social media buttons, join in the conversation in the comments and help spread the word using the sharing tools embedded in each post. Anything you’d like to know? Just ask. Anything you’d like us to know? Tell us!

We look forward to sharing the excitement of aqua london with you.

Layer on the romance at aqua nueva this Valentine’s Day

Looking to treat your loved one to the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience? Indulge in a romantic menu of innovative Spanish cuisine that’s perfect for sharing. The menu sets itself apart with contemporary Spanish dishes like the Matured beef sirloin with potato gratin, padron peppers and Sherry sauce as well as the Confit Segovian Suckling pig with bean and chorizo cassoulet.

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Low Res aqua nueva Suckling pig from Segovia, shallot purée, red cabbage, green appleOur Silhouette Artist will be roving during the evening to cut a memento of you and your loved one to take home. The menu is priced at £80 and includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Click here to book. Dining with us this Valentine’s Day? Be sure to include your experiences with us using the hashtag #aquanueva on Instagram and Twitter.

Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

Take an #aquasnap and enter to win a luxury experience for two in all of our restaurants!

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As January draws to a close, we’re hoping to get you through to the end of the month with a fantastic Instagram competition to win a luxury experience for two at Aqua Restaurant Group in London!

One randomly selected winner and their guest will experience a luxury evening for two in all our venues. The night begins with a cocktail and Japanese starters at aqua kyoto, you’ll then be treated to contemporary Spanish small plates in aqua nueva. A car then transports you to The Shard to enjoy a northern Chinese main course in Hutong, finishing with a delicious British dessert in aqua shard!

To enter, follow @aqualondon on Instagram. Then, share a food or drink photo with us taken at aqua london and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #aquasnap. Any tagged photo posted between 25th January to 1st February 2017 is eligible to be entered in the competition.

Terms and conditions
A winner will be announced on our Instagram page on 2nd February 2017 and notified via direct message the same day. The prize must be redeemed before 30th June 2017 and is subject to availability of the venues. The winner will be selected at random from a ballot that comprises all the entrants names. The winner and their guest must be over the age of 18. Copyright in all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, entrants agree that by submitting an entry to the competition, they grant Aqua Restaurant Group a royalty free license to republish their entry.

What are soba noodles?

aqua kyoto lunch menu and cocktails

At aqua kyoto we have launched new dishes on our lunch menu – three soba noodle bowls. Here is a quick guide on what soba noodles are, and why they are the perfect winter warmer!

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The art of cooking in Japan

Omakase sashimi, Japanese maple

On our Autumn menu at aqua kyoto we have an ‘Omakase‘ selection of sashimi available as a starter. For this Executive chef Paul Greening puts together a selection of the best fish available, on that day.

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Competition time! Kyoto Soba Bowls

aqua kyoto lunch menu and cocktails

The clocks have changed, #WinterIsComing and we would like to invite you to #TasteTest our new lunch experience – ‘kyoto soba bowls’.

These bowls of soba noodle soups are a traditional Japanese winter warmer, with an aqua kyoto contemporary twist! They are a quick, healthy and delicious option for lunch.

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Sherry Week

aqua kyoto lunch menu and cocktails This week is International Sherry Week, so we spoke to Bars manager Nico Peratinos on why he likes to use sherry in his drinks, about the inspiration behind his new sherry concoction and he gives us his recipe for his autumn cocktail!

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Cava and its Catalan history

Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

This week is Cava Week is Spain, therefore we have delved into the history of this traditional Spanish wine. The history of Cava may not be as long as Champagne, but most don’t realise that it is linked to a region of Spain, like the sparkling French wine.

Cava is technically a sparkling wine from Catalonia, and you can recognise all ‘true’ Cavas from the four-pointed star printed at the base of its cork. About 5% of Cava comes from outside of Catalonia.

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Celebrating seafood and the Galicians


aqua nueva’s Head Chef Yahir trained in Galicia, a part of Spain famed for its excellent cuisine. Situated on the coast, Galician’s are naturally seafood enthusiasts. Much of their traditional dishes showcase the wonderful produce that their region provides.

Autumn is the time of year that the Galician’s celebrate the sea and its produce with various festivals, therefore at aqua nueva we feel we should do the same!

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Spotlight on: olive oil

Tuna and tomoto

Olive oil has become such a standard part of many kitchens in the UK, but there is still a lot to learn about this ingredient!

Head Chef Yahir chooses his olive oil quite carefully, and for a new autumn dish he’s chosen a particular one to bring out autumnal flavours.

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Spotlight on: Hokkaido pumpkins

Potimarron Squash

Aqua kyoto’s Executive chef Paul Greening is featuring a pumpkin dessert on our special Autumn menu. This dessert is a very traditional Japanese dish called chawanmushi.

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