Unlimited Bubbly Brunch at Aqua Kyoto… and then some

Brunch with girl friends = one of life’s simplest joys. So when the darling friend Zoe suggested we catch up over Aqua Kyoto’s unlimited bubbly brunch, I knew we were going to have a fab time.

Side Story

Berners TavernI’ve known of Zoe a few years ago through the London blogger network. I loved reading her anecdotal travel posts until she had gone off the blogging radar for a while. We met a couple of months ago and I adore her dearly. She’s now come back with a banging new blog and an incredible attitude towards life. Check out her stuff here.

Aqua Kyoto

As you walk in from the entrance on Regent Street, there’s a slight vibe that screams night club more than restaurant. Located on the fifth floor, the restaurant promises a “contemporary Japanese” experience. I love the fact that they have a rooftop terrace because we are, after all, in one of the most ‘grammable cities in the world and it’s nice to see it from a good vantage point.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreWe started with some chilli edamame which packed a bit of jolly heat. I do have high tolerance for spice so I thought this was slightly on the mild side. Could be different for others!

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreThe miso soup had a slight creaminess to it - well, as creamy as miso soup can go - which I liked. It was pleasant enough and rather comforting.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreLiving the YOLO and FOMO life, we opted for the bottomless Veuve Clicquot brunch. This option came with complimentary Bloody Mary shots. I don’t think either of us were too keen, but as we said… YOLO!

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreThe sushi platter was probably the highlight for me. Although honestly when I saw the selection I was a bit… disappointed. I’ve seen Aqua Kyoto’s sushi and sashimi brunch platters before from blog reviews and this definitely didn’t look like the wonderful platters from months ago.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreNonetheless, I liked it enough. I definitely loved the cod roll (I wasn’t too sure if it was black cod but it was almost as buttery) and the salmon sashimi.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreThe tempura surprised me, actually. Tempura is a family favourite and we would eat this in our collective weight. However, when I moved to London, I haven’t found tempura that was quite as good as what I’ve had in Asia.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreAqua Kyoto’s offering had crisp batter and the prawns were of decent size, succulent and naturally sweet. It wasn’t as greasy as some I’ve seen here and they hold shape well. Pretty pleased with this dish.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreHot food came in form of shiitake mushrooms and standard chicken. Honestly, I wasn’t too bothered about this. Flavour was good but there was a bit of dryness.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreBut we were topped up every so often, so we were happy bunnies.

Aqua Kyoto Review by The Girl Next ShoreDessert was a creme brulee which, frankly, missed the mark for me. I did like the balance of sweetness, but the texture was slightly off.

And away we go

We finished our meal, buzzed with bubbles and giggly as good girls. Not quite wanting to part, we headed down to Berners Tavern to have an early night cap.

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It was definitely a good brunch.

Verdict of Aqua Kyoto

Frankly, I thought the brunch menu was slightly uninspired. As I said, I’ve seen bloggers’ reviews of the brunch before and I swear I saw more food… ie soba noodles, better looking sushi and rolls… I dunno. I did enjoy the sushi platter and the tempura but other than that, I think you’ll get your wallet’s worth if you top up enough within the two hours you get your table for.

Service was okay. It wasn’t as busy when we started (we went for a 2pm start) but by the time we finished, the bar was quite packed and post-lunch revellers were getting a bit louder.

Would I go back? I mean Chisou is a stone’s throw away and I still like the rolls there better, but Aqua Kyoto seems like a good place to do group lunches/dinners. So if my friends suggest it, I’m there too.


Aqua Kyoto
5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B
Ave spend pp: £5o per person, £65 for unlimited bubbly weekend brunch
Aqua Kyoto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Zoe
    11th October 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Champagnnnnnnnnnee! Cannot wait to see you on Friday.

    • Honey de Gracia
      12th October 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Me toooooo! =)

  2. 12th October 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Two lovely lovely ladies!!

    • Honey de Gracia
      12th October 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks darling! See you next week!

  3. 17th October 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Love your honest & fair way with restaurant reviews Honey. You had me at good tempura - done well, it’s one of my favourite things ever!

    • Honey de Gracia
      21st October 2017 / 4:36 am

      Thanks Shikha! =) Really try to be unbiased! And yes, I’ve not had good tempura like this in a long time!

  4. polina
    25th October 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Thank you for your honest review. I mean £65 per person sounds a bit overprised, no? For the selection you got- feels like something was missing? I feel like ROKA does better brunches and Sticks and Sushi platter for 2 with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot would be a tad more inspiring. But then again I’m so biased as I LOVE these two restaurants. X

    • Honey de Gracia
      28th October 2017 / 8:43 am

      Hi Polina - yes definitely something was slightly missing. I like Roka brunches more 🙂

  5. ANGIE
    3rd March 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Thank you and I enjoyed reading it.
    I’ve been to this weekend brunch recently.
    Some of the food was great and some are not.
    As you mentioned, previous bloggers review images was looking far much better with the omakase selection. And the dessert brulee was not set properly.
    Honestly, slightly dissappointed with recent experience at AQUA KYOTO.

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