Bottomless brunches have become a bit of a thing between myself and a group of old colleagues. Historically we’ve always headed to Roka in Canary Wharf for unlimited sushi and wine but as it was one of the girls 30th’s we went for something a little more special and headed to Aqua Kyoto near Oxford Circus. Aqua’s brunch is more of a set menu than the buffet style of Roka but you get more than enough food despite being able to help yourself and the added upgrade of bottomless Veuve Cliquot champagne, which coincidentally is my favourite!
On arrival we were shown to our table in a relatively quiet restaurant for 1pm, but that didn’t last long. A shot of Bloody Mary was served along with our first glass of champers and some edamame to nibble on. Next up came our plates of sushi with four different sushi rolls and Salmon nigiri, not only presented beautifully and picture perfect but tasting absolutely divine. I’m usually fish all the way when it comes to sushi rolls but the chicken was exceptionally good here. We were also served prawn tempura alongside our sushi course with a chilli garlic sauce, a flavoursome and different accompaniment to the usual sweet chilli you get with tempura.
You then have a choice between Salmon, Beef or Vegetable Miso soup which the whole table has to agree on as a big bowl is brought out to share. Again the pieces of fish in the Salmon were beautifully poached with the Miso flavour running throughout and really chunky pieces of fish. Sometimes with these style brunches you can feel like you’re getting a smaller portion or not so good quality compared to the a la carte menu but this genuinely was not the case.
For the third course we were served a mixed platter of Yakitori skewers including chicken, prawns, mushrooms and asparagus. The sticky sweet sauce glazed the meat and vegetables and combined with the smoky grill finish the savoury dishes were rounded off to a tee. Bowls of wakame and roasted sesame salad and rice adorned the table and made this feast a big feat to tackle. Throughout the meal our champagne glasses were regularly topped up, at times without you even realising. Whilst the staff were slightly slower at the start of our meal when taking our order they more than made up for attentive service once our brunch began ensuring the champagne was flowing.
Dessert comes in the way of a beautiful Crème brûlée with a crispy top of sugar, which despite loving this dessert I really struggled to finish. All of this across two hours for £65 per person. Whilst not cheap the quality of the food is worth paying for and they do have alternative drink and price options available to accompany the brunch if preferred. Aqua Kyoto is perfect for those extra special occasions either with friends or as a couple. The roof terrace has a great atmosphere and buzz to it on a sunny Summers day where you can enjoy a cocktail before your brunch or bottle of wine after – we may have had both!
Aqua Kyoto, 30 Argyll Street, London, W1B 3BR
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