Aqua Kyoto is part of the Aqua restaurant group, a collection famous across the globe that includes 25 high-end restaurants in locations like Dubai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Their London set include two of the city’s most well known and tallest restaurants, Aqua Shard and Hutong, with Aqua Kyoto boasting a spot on one of the few rooftops in Soho so it’s not only luxe inside but has great views of the city from the terrace.

The menu at Aqua Kyoto is a mixture of Japanese dishes including sushi, tempura and robata, and as expected, everything from the cocktails to the food is beautifully presented. To kick things off we had the black cod gyoza, the hand-dived scallop sashimi topped with Oscietra caviar, and the rock shrimp tempura, which came with a spicy and addictive chilli & garlic mayonnaise for dipping. This was washed down with their plum sake bellini, a well-balanced alternative to a glass of fizz.

The sushi platter, which actually is an assortment of both sashimi and sushi, is a must order when visiting Aqua Kyoto; it’s a work of art and one of the most colourful dishes we’ve ever enjoyed in a restaurant. It’s worth saving room for a couple of the large dishes too, including the matcha green tea soba noodles, a definite fave, and the yuzu & shish marinated lamb, which we paired with a crisp rose.

Like all of the Aqua sites, Aqua Kyoto is a fine dining restaurant on the higher end scale of both quality and price, so it’s the ideal spot to get dressed up for a fancy dinner before hitting up the bars in Soho.

5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll St), London W1B 3BR