Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aqua Kyoto 'Experience' Menu

What an ‘experience’ at Aqua Kyoto, Argyll Street

The ‘Experience’ menu at Aqua has just launched and I was one of the lucky few invited down to celebrate the delights of this truly magnificent 5 course feast with a huge Kaiseki banquet.

As if that wasn’t good enough, we were also told that Aqua’s Executive Chef from Hong Kong would be flying in to prepare the dishes for us with head chef Paul Greening!  Now it’s not every day I get an invitation like that and it was one I most definitely could not pass up!

And so, I found myself along with a small group of about 10 of us, enjoying a glass of Veuve on the Aqua roof terrace, before making our way into the private glass dining room, which is a really special and intimate area overlooking the open sushi kitchen.  (Great for private dining events and parties…)

We were introduced to the Executive Chef Iwahahsi-San who has cooked at some of the best hotels including the Sheraton and the Shangri-la, and then to Paul Greening who is Aqua Kyoto’s head chef.  He developed the ‘experience’ menu using seasonal foods, traditional recipes and exploratory scientific methods to create a truly stunning collection of beautiful and delicious dishes that encompass all that’s fantastic about contemporary Japenese cuisine.

This menu we sampled, was actually around 12 courses – I didn’t think it was actually possible to eat that much food!  It’s known as a kaiseki or banquet menu which is renowned for being meticulously prepared and aesthetically stunning – each dish is basically an art form which has been carefully crafted and stylised while also balancing taste, texture, colour and appearance.

From the sashimi platter, to the amazing wagyu beef, and the green tea soba noodles with Japanese mushrooms, the ‘experience’ menu takes you on a journey that appeals to all your senses and ticks every box as you head towards desert.  The ‘piece de resistance’ came in the form of the exclusive fuji apple with crème fraiche ice cream – a delightful work of art which looked too good to be eaten.  After taking lots of photos of it, we eventually gave in and cracked the hard toffee apple like shell which gave way to the most delightful apple desert I’ve ever had the pleasure to taste.

Lose yourself in the moody, atmospheric ambience of Aqua with the 5 course ‘Experience’ menu with Kyoto ume-shu cocktail, available now for £45 per person.  Amazing value.

Aqua Kyoto

Fifth Floor

240 Regent Street

(Entrance 30 Argyll Street)



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