Honey and I both had a jam packed summer which meant it was really difficult to get a date in the diary, our last date was at Churchill Terrace and we were due another meet up. We finally managed to squeeze a date in the diary last Saturday to catch up on life on our recent travels and life. I don’t know about you but I am totally over eggs and avocado for brunch so we both decided we were going to have sushi for brunch. With so many restaurants in London and so many places to try sushi we decided to try Aqua Kyoto as we had both had drinks in their bar before but never food.
Aqua offer a bottomless brunch with bellini’s or champagne. Needless to say Honey and I opted for the bottomless Veuve Clicquot brunch choice. The brunch menu was quite extensive and after a frazzled journey to the restaurant I was so pleased when the waiter poured the first glass of Champagne. Even though it took longer than I would have expected for the waiter to come over I was happy to have that first sip of yellow sunshine.
We kick started our brunch with edamame. We had the option of salt or chilli and garlic, and as you can see we opted for the chilli and garlic edamame. When I first saw the dish, my initial thoughts were oh, oh my mouth is going to be on fire, however it was quite the opposite, the chilli wasn’t over powering and had a little bit of a sweet flavour. Following the edamame we had miso soup which was flavoursome and warming for autumn. I could have easily have had several of these as the flavour was quite good.
The pièce de résistance of our brunch was meant to be the sushi! When it arrived I was particularly impressed by the presentation of the sushi and was really looking forward to tucking in.
Now having just had sushi at Pan Chai Harrods, the bar for the sushi in London had been set high. Unfortunately the sushi at Aqua didn’t hit the bar. Now that’s not to say it was bad because it wasn’t. The sushi was fresh, with some flavour but on the whole I would describe it as okay as nothing is going to blow your mind when you eat it.
Following the sushi we were served the ebi mataha yasai tempura. I often find tempura is just crisp with no prawn, however the tempura at Aqua Kyoto was really tasty, perfectly crispy on the outside and actually filled with prawn.
After our prawn tempura I have to admit I was stuffed however we still have the yaki tori robata chicken and the omakase vegetable (mushroom skewers) to eat. Overally both of these dishes had really good flavour, however I felt the chicken wasn’t as moist and juicy as it could be.
We finished our meal on a crème brulee which passed the crack test and was well cooked. I really enjoyed the taste of the crème brulee , however I was slightly disappointed that it was a little cold. Overall I thought the Aqua Kyoto brunch was a mixed bag, there were some good highlights and some aspects that needed to be improved to truly make the £65 brunch price tag worth it. One thing I would say is the champagne is certainly free flowing and after 6 glasses of champagne each Honey and I certainly made it worth it.
Have you tried the bottomless brunch at Aqua Kyoto? Zoe x