Aqua Nueva

5th Floor Entrance at 30 Argyll Street, 240 Regent Street, Mayfair, London

Aside from feeling like a wannabe 80s yuppie the food really is rather good

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Aqua Nueva

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Address:240 Regent Street
Mayfair
London
W1B 3BR
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Spanish
Region:Mayfair
Nearest Station:Oxford Circus
Telephone:
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Opening Hours:

Lunch:
Monday – Saturday: 12.00 - 2.30pm

Dinner:
Monday - Wednesday: 6.00pm – 10.30pm, Thursday – Saturday: 6.00pm – 11.00pm
Menu:See Menu

Facilities & Info:
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
  • Outdoor space
About: Aqua nueva is set in a dramatic space on the top floor of the former Dickins & Jones department store in the heart of London’s West End. This elegant contemporary restaurant offers diners an opportunity to take a journey through Spanish cuisine.

Head chef Alberto Hernandez, formerly of three Michelin starred el Bulli in Catalonia, offers a cutting-edge menu featuring standout dishes such as roasted pumpkin, courgette and bergamot sour cream and Grilled Iberian secreto with king prawn on alioli toast.

The regularly-changing menu features daily specials and dishes dedicated to specific regions of Spain. These are emblematic of Alberto’s passion for using the finest quality Spanish produce and draw attention to the excellence and regional variety of gastronomy in Spain.

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"Aside from feeling like a wannabe 80s yuppie the food really is rather good"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Aqua Nueva has the kind of swanky décor that makes you expect to see investment bankers, the girls from Sex and the City and the odd supermodel dining here.

This new offering from the Hong Kong-based Aqua Group gives Regent Street the Aqua Spirit Bar, the bustling Japanese eatery Aqua Kyoto, and the Spanish Aqua Nueva, all under one roof. The latter specialises in cuisine from Northern Spain, with a tapas menu for the day as well as a more experimental a la carte selection overseen by the highly acclaimed Alberto Hernandez of El Bulli fame.

Aqua Nueva also boasts a 5th floor terrace with views over London, which conveniently doubles as a smoking area on chilly days.

Aqua Nueva is not cheap. However this is to be expected of a menu that contains starters like truffled consommé with egg yolk in jelly. Does the food live up to the price? Scottish mussels, cockles, crab and clams in seawater jelly (£7.50) is a refreshing, if slightly unusual starter. The seafood is tender and contained within three jelly parcels seasoned with a hint of dill and chopped peppers.

Roast foie gras, mango confit, herb salad, melon and black tea sauce (£10.50) is phenomenal, complemented by a 2005 Muga Rioja oaky, rich and smooth.

Mains are duck breast with confit pear and quince jam (£16.00) and parsley‐crusted loin of roe deer with autumn berry sauce (£22.50), both good meats that are are still tender.

Raspberry coulis and fresh cheese ice cream with a raspberry caramel shard (£6.50) is small yet perfectly formed, rich cream counteracted by tangy raspberry. A deliciously indulgent platter of chocolate ice cream, cake, mousse, flan and caramel (£7.00) is surprisingly light.

Everything about Aqua Nueva is shiny and appealing, a highly ambitious venture for the current economic climate. Aside from feeling like a wannabe 80s yuppie the food really is rather good, it's a restaurant for those more self-indulgent moments.


Leila reviewed Aqua Nueva on Wed 28 Oct 2009

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