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Birthday Bash at Aqua Kyoto

As I’ve got older I’ve started to prefer spending my birthday with a few close friends. Rather than having a big party and getting horrifically drunk with everyone I’ve ever met, instead I decided would get horrifically drunk with ten of my close friends.Aqua-Kyoto
The venue of choice actually turned about to be absolutely ideal. I’ve visited the bar at Aqua on Regent Street several times and I just love the lively vibe there and having drinks on the outdoor terrace in summer. Aqua is actually a complex made up of Aqua Nuevo (tapas), Aqua Kyoto (Japanese) and Aqua Spirit (the bar); of course as sushi is my favourite it was the cuisine of choice for my birthday bash. Aqua-Kyoto
The private dining room at Aqua Kyoto actually couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s sort of glass box at the front of the restaurant which meant we could still enjoy the lively atmosphere but had the privacy of our own room. Inside the room was a round table for 10 people which made it was easy for us to talk, share food and generally get drunk together.
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I’m someone who loves to stay in touch with people and I still have friends from all my many walks of life but my oldest friends are from school and university. Kelly, Anna, Lauren and Gemma (left to right) have been my friends for many years – I won’t say how many cos that really would be revealing my age – and I’m so glad we’ve all stayed in touch for so long. The girls and their other halves had all come along to join Mr S and I in celebrating me getting another year older. Aqua-Kyoto
With there being a group of us, it was easier to dine from the set menu, which was great as I liked the look of everything on it anyway. Champagne was poured for everyone and several beautifully presented platters of sashimi were bought out for us to get started on. DSC_3413
We particularly loved the salmon, tuna and yellow tail, though the jury was out a bit on the prawns but in our group, everything was certainly eaten and enjoyed. Aqua-Kyoto
I’ve mentioned before I’m not too keen on spinach and sesame as it has a rather cloying taste but the waiter kindly brought out an alternative to the set menu and we also enjoyed some charred asparagus as our vegetable option. Aqua-Kyoto
Outside our glass box, the restaurant was lively and buzzing and we could actually see the sushi chefs preparing the food. Aqua-Kyoto
Mr S and I are big fans of the restaurant as it’s a great roof top venue with a view over the city, we also absolutely loved the Aqua in Hong Kong. Here a Japanese and Italian menu is served in the high rise and super glamorous restaurant I highly recommend it if you’re ever there. You can even take a ride on their own junk ship before your meal, which is a great experience, though try not to do it while jet lagged as you might fall asleep as I did!
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I mentioned in my Maze Grill post how I’m set to be bridesmaid for my friend Anna. Here’s the lady herself with her fiancé Matt, still the picture of calm with the wedding five months away!
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Next out was a big group favourite, tempura shrimp, beautifully crisp and non-greasy.DSC_3439 DSC_3442
Followed by black cod and suckling pork, by now the memories are a bit hazy so apologies for lack of descriptions but we were certainly enjoying the food and the restaurant’s buzzy atmosphere.
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We loved the sushi selection so much, we went ahead and ordered more, especially as I felt I hadn’t quite got my sushi fix from Sexy Fish the previous night. The wonderful night passed so quickly and soon cake was presented to a very happy and very drunk birthday girl.  DSC_3487
Fortunately I had Mr S (ever the knight in shining armour) to make sure I got home safely. He’s much more sensible than I am. I truly felt the effects the next day, but it was a totally wonderful birthday party and Aqua was the perfect venue with great food, atmosphere and the ideal private dining room.

Aqua Kyoto
5th Floor
240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street)
London
W1B 3BR

0207 478 0540

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  • What an absolutely ideal birthday party! It’s not a real birthday if you’re not hungover the next day!! I loved Aqua Nueva and now really want to visit Aqua Kyoto – it looks absolutely delicious! Happy Happy Birthday again, Angie!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • I agree, it was soooo drunken! You should definitely visit Aqua Kyoto, it is such a fab and vibrant restaurant. Though I’m sure Nuevo has a similar vibe.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Looks like an amazing birthday! xx

  • Catherine Lux

    It looks like you had such a great night!! I always like to have two birthday – a dinner with close friends and then a drunken night out with literally everyone! I still haven’t been to Aqua – I must go, especially as it’s just down the road from my office.

    C x | Lux Life

    • Yeah, I’ve scaled it down a bit now. Tbh a lot of my friends have moved out of London and have babies! So now it’s a date night with Mr S and dinner with my friends. I bet you would love Aqua!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I’m with Catherine on having dinner with close friends and a drunken night out with everyone.
    You look incredible, Angie! Happy birthday! x

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    • My small birthday was my date night with Mr S, though to be honest both were drunken. You’re always so kind 🙂

  • That food looks amazingly good! Looks like you had such a great night! I’ve just come across your blog, and just having moved to England- I’m definitely going to be looking on here often. Always love a new place to eat!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • Hi Georgia! Welcome to SilverSpoon 🙂 I really hope that you enjoy it and like my restaurant recommendations. Feel free to email me if you’d like anything specific.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • This all sounds so good. I’m craving sushi now. I haven’t had any decent sushi since we got back from Iceland, need to correct that pronto. Where’s your favourite sushi place in London?
    http://www.theycalleditthediamondblog.com

    • Defnitely Roka, I’m obsessed!!! Going twice in the next couple of weeks.

  • Lucy

    Happy Birthday Angie I am glad that you had such a wonderful evening the food looks divine and a view of the wider restaurant eating and of london sound perfect Lucy x

  • Glad you had a wonderful birthday, I’m also a fan of Aqua but I’ve only ever tried their Spanish side, not the sushi menu

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I think it would the ideal venue for a big bloggers summer meet up 🙂

  • I’m so pleased you got to have a great meal on your birthday and the private dining room looks fab! Food looks yummy too! 🙂 Happy bday again! P.S. Have been to Aqua in HK (AMAZING VIEW) and must have missed that from your Asia posts?! so reading now 😉 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • It was totally perfect! I bloody loved Aqua in Hong Kong, one of my all time faves. Sorry for the very old post and poor quality pics!

  • This sounds like the best birthday. I am with you, I would much rather celebrate with a small group of my close friends than have a big bash.

  • Sounds like birthday perfection to me (not the next day obviously!)

  • Happy ‘silver studded’ Birthday! The food looks wonderful and it also looks like you all had a fabulous time!

  • May

    I love that dress on you! I just love Japanese food! Looks like the perfect Birthday xxx

  • Happy birthday – it looks like the perfect celebratory meal 🙂