Located above the wonders of bustling Regent Street, contemporary Spanish kitchen, aqua nueva, has launched a new seasonal à la carte menu created by their recently appointed Head Chef, Yahir Gonzalez.
Yahir’s approach to aqua nueva’s new menu is deeply rooted in a respect for traditional Spanish techniques, whilst adopting a subtle innovative flair; showcased in the two distinctive ‘classic’ and ‘contemporary’ menus. Combining his Mexican roots, with three years training at the renowned Spanish chef school, Centro Superior de Hostelaria, and his subsequent residencies in various Michelin-starred kitchens, Yahir brings a unique style to aqua nueva’s new dishes.
This new menu of contemporary Spanish small plates uses flavours reminiscent of the Galician region of Spain, the area from which Yahir draws most of his culinary inspiration. The new menu is divided into ‘classic’ and ‘contemporary’ plates, demonstrates the very best of traditional and modern Spanish cuisine.
Contemporary small plates include the Galician Style Octopus Carpaccio (£12.50), a simple but flavoursome dish of tender octopus complimented with a light potato ‘foam’ and a touch of paprika to add spice. Fresh from the sea the traditional Razor Clams with Cockles and Sea Urchin (main picture – £9.50) is given a contemporary twist with red pepper paint and purple cauliflower to add texture. The succulent Short Rib of Beef with Potatoes and Chimichurri (£12.50), combines tender cuts of beef slow cooked for 14 hours with a tangy Chimichurri sauce and confit potatoes. Additional contemporary menu highlights include the lightly seared Red Tuna Marinated in White and Black Garlic (£13) with an Asian twist of soy and sesame, and juicy Spiced aubergine and courgette pisto (£8) served on toast.
For those fond of traditional Spanish dishes, the new menu offers the chance to ‘mix and match’ with show stopping classics including crispy olive oil fried Patatas Bravas, light Salt Cod Fritters, fresh and warm Rustic Roasted Tomato Bread and delicious Iberian ham croquettes.
aqua nueva’s vibrant new dessert menu is inspired by fresh and seasonal flavours which are prominent during Spain’s summer season. The Milk Chocolate Mousse and Cointreau Cake is a traditional Spanish favourite, which embraces the flavour of Valencia’s famous orange gardens served with a nut crumble. The Caramelised Pineapple, Chilli Infused Watermelon, Apple with Mint, Balsamic Strawberries and Coconut Jelly, presents a lively fusion of flavours in this light fresh dessert perfect for the summer months.
To complement aqua nueva’s new food offering, Bar Manager Nico Peratinos has created an ‘Inspired by Spain’ cocktail menu, with a choice of serves bursting with Spanish flavour. Highlights include the #NoFilter (£14) which combines pistachio liqueur with Don Julio Anejo, lime, sugar, chocolate bitters and egg white, and my personal favourite, the Flotante (£14.50), a Spanish take on a tiki cocktail which mixes Ron Zacapa 23 with lime, pineapple and passionfruit. The traditional Spanish sherry is blended with Ketel One Vodka, Disaronno, Fernet Branca, bergamot and passion fruit to create Who Was The Innkeeper (£12.50).
With two large terrace bars open throughout the summer season providing the ideal location for pre-dinner cocktails, guests can enjoy stunning views over London. Together with the exciting new a la carte menus, aqua nueva offers a true taste of traditional and modern Spain.
Aqua Nueva, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London
(Entrance at 30 Argyll Street, W1F 7EB, opposite The Palladium)