Japanese brunch at Aqua Kyoto
Often voted as having one of the best brunch menus in London, I’m excited to go to Aqua Kyoto today and try out their Japanese version.
I’ve been to Aqua Kyoto before on various occasions; for friend’s birthdays, celebrations on the terrace and sushi-fuelled lunches. Each visit to the restaurant has been great, and is always punctuated with some of the best food and service. The terrace is especially good on a balmy summer evening with its delicious views over London.
Today’s visit marks my first experience of the brunch at Aqua Kyoto. As we eat our way through the set menu, I start to understand why it always makes the ‘best brunch’ lists.
After a morning spent perusing the shops on Oxford Street, we walk down to Aqua Kyoto and take the dedicated lift up to the 5th floor restaurant. We’re seated in a broody and darkened semi-circular booth, the sort that is perfect for a little people watching.
Brunch at Aqua Kyoto begins with the first of six courses…
The six course set brunch menu soon begins with bowls of steaming edamame and white miso soup. We love the brothy starter with is silken tofu and wakame, and it suitably whets the appetite for what is to come..
Sushi and sashimi – highlights of the Aqua Kyoto brunch…
The Omakase (chef selection) of sushi and sashimi! We love the little pieces nigiri, wrapped with slivers of fatty tuna, salmon, sea bass and yellowtail. There are layered pieces of sashimi, and mango-wrapped maki filled with soft shell crab and tempura. For just two of us there is a lot of sushi and sashimi on offer. Although the brunch is on the pricey side, there is a definite element of value for money when you consider the lux items on offer.
After finishing the gorgeous Omakase platter we move on to prawn tempura. I love how light and crispy the tempura is, and is just how I like it.
Following this are skewers of chicken, wagyu beef and mushroom. Each skewer has a slightly sweet glaze, rendered beautifully by the heat of a Robata grill.
Next up we share a bowl of mushroom and wakame soba noodles. After the meatiness of the skewers, we love the simplicity of the noodles that are flavoured with beautifully fragrant pickled garlic.
Our brunch ends with a Japanese brulee.
I’ve really enjoyed the brunch today, which marks another good dining experience at Aqua Kyoto. If you’d like to try it, then the brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday and costs £34. There are various drinks options also available, and the brunch rises to £49 with bottomless bubbles or Bellini’s, and £65 with bottomless Veuve Clicquot.
Tube: Oxford Circus
Address: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR
Tel: 020 7478 0540
In the interest of full disclosure please be advised that the meal was provided on a complimentary basis. With thanks to Aqua Kyotofor having us in.