Sun: 12:00 - 20:00
Mon: 12:00 - 22:30
Tues: 12:00 - 22:30
Wed: 12:00 - 22:30
Thurs: 12:00 - 23:00
Fri: 12:00 - 23:00
Sat: 12:00 - 23:00
Nearest StationOxford Circus
0207 478 0540
Set high above the bustle of Regent Street on the fifth floor of the famous former Dickins & Jones building, aqua kyoto is one of the capital’s most unique and exciting dining destinations serving Japanese cuisine at its finest, just a minutes away from Oxford Circus station.Head Chef Paul Greening presents innovative and contemporary Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu of beautifully-presented sushi and sashimi and creative hot dishes. A central sushi bar and open sumibiyaki charcoal grill combine with sleek black and red décor to create a sense of theatre.The terrace is open for lunch 12-3pm and as a bar all day until close, weather permitting. No reservations can be taken for the terrace, entry is on a first come, first served basis.Lunch is served from 12pm - 2.30pm and dinner 5.30pm - 10.30pm Monday - Wednesday, from 5.30pm - 11pm Thursday - Saturday and Infintiy Brunch served from 12pm - 4pm followed by Signature Sunday 5.30pm - 8pm on Sunday.
The place offers a nice dining experience with a different twist. Everything on the menu is Tapas style, first and second course. The servers recommend 4-6 tapas from both starter and main that 'will arrive as soon as they're ready'. That is all well and good but the £29 menu has three 'courses' that can hardly be considered a meal. More like a snack. Albeit, the cocktails are amazing and the taste of the food is remarkable. The desert is also great.
Had a blast celebrating my birthday last night. The Autumn menu was delicious. From starter to dessert including cocktail signature, Affordable price. Staff and manager were very friendly and attentive. Big thanks to Nikos and Michael who made our night so special!
Good sushi, great service. A little pricey but then it's fairly expected for this part of town. Music is a little bit cluby for my taste, can get quite noisy on a weekend due to the volume of customer chatter.
First impression was bad as the waitress dropped us at our table and disappeared. No one came to see us for nearly 10 minutes and my wife had to get up and ask for someone to come.
And then Marco (not 100% sure of the name) came. Friendly staff, great advice, kept an eye on us all diner. We tasked him with ordering for us, and he did. Adjusting as the diner went based on our feedback.
And the food was GREAT!
Aqua, pay attention to first impression as we nearly walked away, which given the quality of the rest of the evening would have been a shame! We'll be back :-)
We visited Aqua Kyoto for a final meal in London before travelling onto our next destination. We decided on it at the recommendation of a friend and looking for something more distinguished as a goodbye.
We booked our table online 6 days before our actual visit. We rang up in the morning to confirm and they had lost our reservation having no booking ever registered. When reading out our confirmation details they still could not find anything. After multiple calls they finally managed to seat us later that evening. The service at this point was good and quite apologetic to the situation. Having said that this should have been our first warning.
On arriving we went out to the deck for drinks and were met by a full bar with only one bartender meaning a long wait while she went through the pageantry of making the drinks.
After we took our seat we had to wait a long time for our order to be taken and had to order many dishes a second time as they failed to get them the first time. To this we had to order drinks multiple times before they would come out. To their credit the bill was completely accurate and we were not charged for anything that didn't come to the table in spite of this.
From here our meals came out and our appetisers were larger than our mains. The food was spectacular but could not fill our stomachs causing us to order further entrees.
Overall the delicious food was overlooked by exceeding poor service in a restaurant where waiters nearly outnumbered guests and only half a full restaurant.
For the price you pay you surely expect a certain level of service and to that a certain quality of food for the pounds paid. I would recommend skipping here and finding somewhere else to eat, London is a big place and you can do better for your money.