The red carpet is always rolled out at Aqua/Armani, and as one walks from the Chater House through the mirrors and pillars and the sliding doors part to reveal the smorgasbord of flavours, you can’t help but feel a tad glamourous.
On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from midday to 3:30pm, the Infinity Brunch is a free-flow extravaganza of Japanese and Italian flavours, with some killer crustaceans, customized bloody marys, roving trays of hot nibbles and an unlimited supply of Veuve Cliqout and bellinis.
We are particularly intent on the yakitori that comes every hour or so and is mouth-wateringly succulent and tasty. The salmon and tuna sashimi is fresh and the spinach version of sushi with walnuts and peanut sauce is moreishly munchable.
The stars come in the mains, and we are advocates of the 96 hour (yes 96) saikyo miso marinated black cod that is so buttery and rich that it’s hard to imagine it belongs to the family of fish. We would come back again and again for this delicacy, which we think shows black cod off in fine form. The other hit for us was the wagyu beef, which is a steak sourced from the sustainable and gold winning Stock Yard farm in South Carolina. The Black Angus beef is highly marbled due to the grass fed diet of the cattle, which we all know is the better type of beef to consume when making conscientious choices (less total fat, more heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, more antioxidants, etc). When ordering this, we asked which sauce to go for, and the restaurant manager astutely suggested the pepper sauce, which we have to say was one of the better ones we have had. Worth their chops are the wait staffs and we found them polite and hovering.
In addition to all the goodness of brunch available on weekends, Aqua/Armani have launched the Detox Retox menu until the 28th of February. Whether you are on a health kick or just want to get the maximum nutritional value out of your meals, a menu of fresh and flavourful dishes are on offer showcasing hero ingredients like Manuka honey and sea bass.
The full four course menu is just under 1000 calories, and includes the likes of blue crab ravioli, sea veg, organic green pea elixir and white truffle oil (97 kcal), seared see bass fillet with dashi broth and orgaic green herb miso (286 kcal) and for a sweet finish an Italian basil and Amalfi lemon curd with organic raspberries.
Aqua mixologists have prepared 4 ‘super-cocktails’ packed full of super foods like the ginger, aloe and wheatgrass smash for immunity and cleansing and the organic cucumber and manuka honey martini known for its natural antibiotic properties.
Price: Four courses for $688 +10% per person. Retox cocktails available on an ongoing basis for $130 each.
Where: Aqua/Armani, Chater House, Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Rd, Central
When: Until 28th February 2015
Contact: 3583 2828 / aqua.com.hk/armaniaqua