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Back With a Bang: Aqua Restaurant

28 Jun

At Oxford Circus’ best kept secret – on the fifth floor of a lavishly decorated building in possibly the best destination – I spent the early afternoon dining in style! 

Aqua itself is a five star restaurant that originated in Japan, where it was very popular. Now, the “double cuisine” restaurant is here in London, offering Japanese excellence in Aqua Kyoto, and Spanish perfection in Aqua Nueva – where I enjoyed an exquisite lunch (at the expense of my father, of course!) 

When you first enter the lobby, you may be thinking it’s a nightclub – but don’t be fooled! Just go up the lift, and be amazed by the beautiful decor, before walking down the corridor to aqua Nueva; facing a life-size raging bull. 

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Across from our table, there was the terrace that overlooked Oxford Circus – one of the best parts of the restaurant itself (besides the food).

The food. How could I possibly describe it? Exquisite, delicious, marvellous, fantastic, perfection…the list goes on! For starters, I had “Ensalada Catalana” which was sautéed spinach, pine nut and saltana salad. An interesting mix, which went together delightfully. For mains, I ordered the “Carrillera de ternera con puree de patatas y piquillos confitados” – the extraordinarily tender oxtail with a side of sweet piquillo peppers and potato puree. Again, the flavours complimented each other brilliantly, and although the marinade of the meat was rather rich, it was given in a small enough portion to benefit the tastebuds, but large enough to leave you satisfied. 

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Unfortunately, we did not have time to get a dessert (my dad had meetings to attend to) but the meal as a whole was impressive and left me absolutely astounded and left excited for our next booking! And, for a five star restaurant, the price was perfectly reasonable. For a two-course meal (without drinks) it cost 19.50 per person – affordable for most teenagers.

So when the sun comes out across England, get yourself down to Oxford Circus and look for aqua – then sit back on the terrace and enjoy an excellent meal whilst looking across at the undisturbed skyline!

 

 

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