For a Chilled Out Lunch.. Go Zen with Aqua Kyoto’s New Lunch Menu
November 14, 2017
Aqua Kyoto is still one of my favourite restaurants in London. As well as boasting that fabulous roof terrace which gets celebrity makeovers from the big names in fashion every Summer, the restaurant itself remains stylish and modern – a huge decadent dining area with the focal point being on the sunken open kitchen as the talented chefs prepare intricate and innovative sushi and sashimi dishes.
With a delicious menu and ever changing specials, Luxuria Lifestyle headed down on a busy, buzzy Friday afternoon to test out their brand new Zen Menu, starting with a delicious glass of beautifully bubbly champagne (well why not?!)
Contemporary and creative, Aqua Kyoyo’s new ‘Go Zen’ boxes are a delight, both to feast your eyes upon and also of course, to eat! Building up to the main event, we indulged in a gorgeous sashimi platter to start, stunningly presented and every single morsel, fresh, and soft as butter. The mackerel and tuna were particularly amazing.
Designed by Aqua Kyoto’s fabulous Executive Chef Paul Greening, the impressive new offering takes inspiration from Japan’s traditional ‘Go Zen’ dinners which celebrate special occasions. We went for the 12 compartment lunch (£38), while there’s also a vegan option with influences taken from a vegan cooking practise carried out by Buddhist monks. ‘Shojin Go Zen’ (£29), which includes kimchee pickles, sakura rice scented with salted cherry blossom and kenji rolls which are vegetables rolled with enoki mushrooms and ginger. This selection also boasts pickled crow garlic, a rare ingredient which is picked every June and then double fermented – Paul is one of few chefs in London who uses this in his dishes. But as nice as all that sounds, my friend and I are meat lovers through and through and when we saw that there was wagyu beef included in the ‘Kyoto Go Zen’, we were sold!
What’s lovely about the style of the new boxes, is that they’re tapas style – you have 12 mini dishes in one and you choose in which order you eat them all! We started with the surprisingly filling and exceptionally tasty miso soup, followed by some of the gorgeous made-fresh-in-house vegetable sushi, wrapped delicately in brightly coloured mango skin, giving each piece a truly exotic taste. The sakura rice went well with the tuna, seabass and salmon selection, while the spinach had a delicious nutty, earthy taste. My favourites most definitely had to be the Wagyu beef, decorated in edible flower petals which just melted in the mouth, while the miso cod which was simply amazing – so much flavour.
If you’re pushed for time but still want to enjoy the Go Zen experience, go express with smaller servings – the Kyoto Go Zen is £25 for six compartments, while the deluxe version including a choice of Wagyu beef or black cod is £36.
The new lunch offering is available from 12pm – 2.30pm Monday – Friday.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield