Yesterday, I was invited to Aqua Kyoto, to try out their new weekend brunch menu.
The restaurant, conveniently located near Oxford street, was on the fifth floor, with lovely views over London.
The executive chef there was Paul Greening, who also happened to have a degree in microbiology. I could tell from meeting him, that he was very passionate about food. He uses his knowledge of science, to help him research into food and to create innovative recipes. I was invited along with a group of lovely food bloggers.
To start, we were served cocktails. As I wasn’t drinking alcohol that day, a delicious mocktail of fruit juices with almond syrup, was specially made for me. The new weekend brunch menu consisted of at least 7 courses, with an option for bottomless Bellini’s or Veuve Cliquot Champagne.
Our first course was a bowl of edamame, flavoured with a sprinkling of sea salt. This was followed by a bowl of steaming hot white miso soup, with tofu and wakame. Feast your eyes on this beautiful platter of omakase sushi and sashimi. Doesn’t it look so vibrant and colourful? Almost too pretty to eat right? Everything was so freshly prepared and perfectly flavoured. The ebi mataha yasai tempura ( prawn and vegetable tempura) above, was delicious when dipped in a kimchee and garlic sauce. This made from scratch yaki soba came with onion teriyaki, winter vegetables and ohba leaf.
I can honestly say that this was one of the best yaki soba dishes I have tasted. The feast continued with these yakitori skewers of robata chicken with spring onion, and omakase vegetable. The chicken was moist and cooked to perfection. Those shitake mushrooms with the sesame seeds, were so juicy and mouth-wateringly good. For a small supplement charge to the brunch menu, you could order this Wagyu beef yakitori. The beef was so tasty and tender to the bite. We were lucky to be treated to Paul Greening’s famed Fuji apple dessert. This apple shaped dessert consisted of a crisp sugar shell, blown up like a glass with nitrous gas, and filled with a light apple mousse and caramel.
It was airy light, sweet and tangy to taste. It was divine. This dessert is not usually part of the weekend brunch menu but can be ordered separately.
We finished our meal with an omakase Japanese brulée, served on a beautiful ceramic stone dish.
So, have I tempted you to go try the amazing weekend brunch menu at Aqua Kyoto? I highly recommend it. It costs £49 with bottomless bubbles or Bellini’s and £65 with bottomless Veuve Clicquot Champagne. This menu is available both on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you fancy going, I have a great offer for you. Here’s a special promo code that entitles you to a free weekend brunch when you book for 3 or more people in addition to yourself. This special offer is only available till 28th May 2017. Hope you can make it.
Have a lovely day all.
( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions are my own. I was a guest of Aqua Kyoto for the brunch.)