20 August 2015

AQUA HONG KONG

Aqua is one of my favourite London addresses. It's been one of my go-to places for after-work drinks and dinner (either sushi at Aqua Kyoto or tapas at Aqua Nuevo) in W1 for years, so when we were in Asia I had to visit the original Aqua in Hong Kong.  We went for drinks at sunset on the traditional Chinese junk boat Aqua Luna which sails across the harbour before going for dinner at Aqua Tokyo.

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog
Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog
(please excuse the windswept, humid hair)

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Watching the neon lights glow all around us and the vibrant city come to life at the blue hour from the middle of the bay was a fantastic sight and a highlight of our time there. We had a couple of glasses of chilled white, stretching out on the laidback chairs, listening to chilled music and contemplating booking again on our last day.  When the huge, red-sailed Cheung Po Tsai docked, we headed for dinner at Aqua Tokyo, the Japanese restaurant on the 29th floor of 1 Peking Road in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood.

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

We zipped up in the lift and sat down at a table by the window with spectacular views of the harbour.  Similar to the London venue, there are two award-winning dining options: Italian and Japanese.  We sampled a few dishes from across the menus created by Head Chef Paolo Morresi - my favourites were the creamy mushroom soup of the day, the fantastic, fresh sushi (all day, every day!) and the salmon crispy cake with Sammarzano tomato sauce.

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

We ordered the Chablis from the impressive wine list (one of the best we saw in HK: plenty of champagne and sparkling options, European, US, Australia and NZ wines from their cellar, along with lots of sake) and shared a plate of five mini desserts before heading upstairs to the 30th floor for cocktails.  The cool, dark bar also has awesome panoramic views over the buzzing skyline and is the perfect place for a nightcap.  Aqua - both the junk cruise and sky high dinner and drinks - is a must when in town.

Aqua Tokyo, 29 + 30th floors, One Peking Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog

Aqua restaurant, Hong Kong | lifestyle and travel blog
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