aqua kyoto, part of the Aqua Group, is a contemporary 5th floor Japanese restaurant off Regent Street. Although I’ve frequented its sister restaurant aqua shard many times, this was my first time dining at aqua kyoto and I was here to try their ‘Home-Grown Menu.’
Head Chef Paul Greening has developed a complex menu of “field-to-fork” dishes using micro Japanese herbs and plants that he has grown himself in the kitchens of aqua kyoto, using Generation Four Evogro systems, which are an indoor plant growing system.
To import these herbs from Japan is expensive and so by growing them here in the UK, this massively reduces the carbon footprint of sourcing rare and exclusive ingredients and is also much more sustainable. It is also the first Japanese urban farm of its kind in the UK!
It’s great for foodies to be able to try these ingredients without having been to Japan and I for one am always looking to try new things and have different culinary experiences. I love the fact that its better for the environment and grown organically as the planet becomes more and more conscious about being eco-friendly.
The menu consists of a cocktail and a 3 course meal for £30, which I think is incredible value, especially given its central location and the quality of the produce. The cocktail was delicious and tangy, and I was happy to note the use of a paper straw, also something which I applaud restaurants and bars for implementing after we have seen the effects of single use plastic on sea life.
For my starters I was drawn to the mizuna miso and green chilli aubergine, homemade shisho karage, furikake and wasabi salt, which came on the side. The aubergine was packed with flavour and I really enjoyed them, with a sprinkle of the wasabi salt.
Amit chose the braised Genmaicha Octopus with niboshi wafers, aqua home-grown salad leaves and kinome miso ponzu. He enjoyed it and commented on how fresh the salad leaves were.
For our mains we both went for the baby chicken which was marinated in ginger and yuzu koshu with aqua farm Japanese herbs. I adore ginger and so I absolutely loved this.
For dessert we tried both options because sharing is caring 😉
I loved the fun edible ice cream cones with black sesame, green tea and satsuma sorbet – the satsuma was my favourite, as was the black sesame. Amit tried the green tea and he really enjoyed it. The cones themselves were nutty and divine and the perfect sweet treat to end the meal with.
The second dessert was a milk chocolate soya cream jelly with nato brown sugar sable, Japanese garden aqua farm shisho coconut and sudachi sorbet. It was equally as dreamy and indulgent without being too sweet.
I thoroughly enjoyed the menu and can’t believe it had taken me so long to dine here! It certainly won’t be long before I’m back to try more of their menus as I adored the restaurant’s ambience, atmosphere, service and the quality of the food. If you’re looking for a great menu and experience at a reasonable price, head to aqua kyoto.
aqua kyoto is found on: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR