Review on Aqua Nueva
Spanish restaurant Aqua Nueva's opening in October 2009 was respected restaurateur David Yeo's first venture outside China, situated on the fifth floor of the former department store Dickens & Jones on bustling Regent Street, opposite the London Palladium. It shares the top floor space with its Japanese sibling, Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Spirit, a swanky bar with rooftop terraces offering breathtaking views across London's skyline.
A massive carved bull guards the entrance to the restaurant with its glitzy and glamorous interior, decked out in a palette of lush gold and pure white, featuring intricate Moorish ceiling ornaments and walls covered in thousands of beads, the cutting edge design was created by Japanese architects Glamorous Co of Osaka.
The kitchen is overseen by Alberto Hermandes who trained under celebrated chef Ferran Adrià at the three Michelin starred El Bulli. The kitchen showcases inventive northern Spanish cuisine using first-class seasonal and authentic ingredients for a menu including both tapas and a la carte dishes, allowing diners flexibility in their choices. Enjoy tapas in the shape of Heuvo estrellado, chorizo, pancetta and fried potatoes with soft poached egg or Pulp e feira, Galician styled octopus. Main courses take in loin of roasted monkfish with garlic soup and paprika or for carnivores there's Iberian pork with chickpea purée and pickled seasonal vegetables. Desserts offer an enticing mix of flavours with crema catalana, cardamom cream and toffee ice or Leche frita, milk and cinnamon cake with lemon sorbet and fried rice.
There's a well thought out wine list to complement the food and an extensive cocktail menu, ensuring that the diverse taste of all cocktail connoisseurs will be met.
Aqua Nueva is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri (3.30pm Sat & 5.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.30pm Mon-Wed (5.30 - 11.00pm Thu & Fri)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express