Aqua Kyoto

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Aqua Kyoto

One of three Aqua venues at this Argyll Street venue - and sister to Hutong and Aqua Shard over at Renzo Piano's London Bridge opinion-divider - this spot focuses its culinary eye on Japan.  

Set lunches prove a popular draw but if you're going a la carte in the evening then expect small plates, salads and sushi alongside robata grills, tempuras and large plates. Dishes include wagyu beef gyoza, sea bass with braised daikon in a spicy dashi broth, and robusta no mushi yaki - pot-roasted lobster with lime leaf, sweet pepper sauce and oyster leaves.

House and signature cocktails sit alongside a wine list featuring bottles from the old world and new, as well as 11 different sakes, including a Suirakuten daiginjo from Akita that's available by the flask and bottle. An 'infinity brunch' is fun too, with food served alongside unlimited Veuve Clicquot.   



Venue name: Aqua Kyoto
Address: Fifth floor
30 Argyll Street
Opening hours: Lunch noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat; Dinner 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Weds, 6-11pm Thurs-Sat; Infinity brunch noon-4pm.
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3.6 / 5

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I went to Aqua for lunch on Friday with my partner and had a great 3 course meal with a bottle of wine thrown in. Unfortunately the weather wasn't nice enough for the terrace, but eating inside was absolutely fine - the food was delicious and staff very attentive. It was very quiet, probably as it was lunch, but that gave us the place to ourselves!

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My parents and I had dinner here and was really impressed, the service was very attentive but not rushed, and the food is great - the Seabss with crab ravioli was my favorite, cooked to perfection! Very well done indeed and lots of variety. I am taking my husband there this weekend.

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This is my second time I have had lunch this time it was the Bento box, I had the black cod miso, which I couldn't fault, love the service, planning an afternoon on their terrace overlooking Regents st!

amazing time with innovative food really enjoyed all the dishes, great terrace shame about the weather but will definitely be back.


Really loved this place! the food is incredible, very small portions and expensive, but great experience :)


Did their bottomless champagne brunch and guzzled at least a bottle of Veuve each (yes, Veuve!). I am not a fan of sea food, but boy, did I devour those shrimp. The staff was friendly and had no issues refilling our glasses every other minute. We even enjoyed our last drinks at the sunny terrace overlooking Oxford Circus, even though we were technically not supposed to. I probably wouldn't do it again, only because copious amounts of sea food and champagne don't go down that well in my stomach, but would recommend it to those with less severe cases of gluttony.

We went there for a festive meal and we have ordered the set menu. The menu was tasteless and overpriced. The starter-sushi were two maki pieces and 3 slices of sashimi. The main courses were just inedible. We got free drinks for complaining- but we were out as soon as we could.

We go to fine dining places at least twice a month so we are aware what other places are serving / charging.

Choose a different sushi place if you want to have a good meal.


I went to Aqua Kyoto for lunch with a friend and we decided to sample the brand new sumo bowls. 

Needless to say they're absolutely delicious. I had seabass and my friend had pork and there was collective silence as we got stuck in. The bowls are great value for money in what is a fairly pricey establishment, priced at £12.50 each. It's important to note that we were both very full afterwards so this is an excellent option for a lunch that feels extremely upmarket for a high street price. 

The restaurant itself is very beautiful - all dark wood and velvet furnishings. Not to mention the fantastic roof terrace that gives panoramic views of London and is an escape from bustling Oxford Streets on sunny summer evenings. 


I visited Aqua Kyoto for a friends birthday recently and enjoyed a set menu deal which included three courses and a cocktail (which was meant to be vodka based but we substituted with gin) all for about £35 a head. A pretty great deal considering it included a beautiful plate of salmon and tuna sashimi (presented beautifully!) and Black Cod which in my opinion is the best fish available on a menu!! This also was exquisitely presented and tasted as good as it looked. Sadly my dessert was slightly disappointing - the ultimate pastry chef faux pas: a chocolate fondant without a gooey middle! not to say it didn't taste lovely, but the magic is in that running, gooey middle that is meant to ooze onto the plate.

There's a great atmosphere in this restaurant, and the service was great (more than happy to oblige with a candle in the dessert for our friend) -it's a little pricey if not dining from a set menu but if the quality is that good with a "cheap" menu then the pricer dishes are sure to be fantastic!

I have now been for lunch, and dinner, always trying their new menus, I think the last one was Vitamin D or E menu, I think we may have enjoyed the sake too much! Always pop out to the terrace over looking Regent Street, opposite Apple Store, very London!

March 2015 :

- The staff is offensive, abusing its position and obviously does not know basic courtesy & how to treat customers.

- Bar staff slow, so slow...

- Overpriced & Overrated, it does not worth it at all unless you want to show off or do not know any other place with a terrace. 

I was frankly quite amazed by the misbehaviour from the staff in general.

Actually, the entrance is very appealing but the only way for upstairs to be ok is by re-educating/firing most of the staff or even the HR/manager in charge of the Aqua place. 

I would have rated it 0.5 out of 10 but the minimum is one star so be it.

To sum up : Avoid. 


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Really not sure what the draw is with this place; our sushi was fine but for the price that's not good enough. Lovely balcony though!

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The entire set-up is really quite amateurish. For the quality of the food and the service the prices really should be at least 20% inside Nobu and Roka. The waiter simply did not listen, all the dishes (starters and mains) were dumped on our table at the same time (soup last!). Food was really ordinary; not as good as your average high street sushi bar but they rely on the funkiness of venue to not have to worry about other more fundamental restaurant basics.