Aqua Eight

4.6
697 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Winners of the Luxury & Lifestyle Awards 2014 "Best Restaurant in the UK". Runners Up in The Observer Food Awards in Best Restaurant & Best Places to Drink 2011.

OpenTable Top 100 best Restaurants in the UK. Also Accredited by Best Bar None 2010/11. Aqua Eight redefines destination dining with its ultra-stylish design and innovative fusion of cuisine from across East Asia. Aqua restaurant provides an evening dining experience of Pan Asian cuisine, dishes such as black cod in miso and fired soft shelled crab with chilli & curry leaves. Eight Bar provides a relaxed atmosphere with an extensive selection of sprits, beers, champagnes and cocktails. We also provide light small eats, mezze dishes like scallop tuffles can be enjoyed in a more casual environment.

New is our Aqua Garden is open in the evenings and at weekends, available for private parties,function hire, BBQ's and gourmet evenings.

Special Offers

20% Off food

When dining from the a la Carte Menu. Set dinners not included.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:00
Mon-Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 17:30-18:45 21:15-22:00

What 697 People Are Saying
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Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. We will be back for sure. Thank you

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly welcome. Unhurried table service, excellent meal full of varying flavours.

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PS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another marvellous meal, could not fault anything, lovely menu and friendly staff, one of our favourite places for a guaranteed quality meal out

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my husband here for his birthday. It was a quiet week night. We didn’t know what to chose so we had the chefs choice 4 courses. We didn’t know what to expect but every dish tasted amazing. Plenty of food. The staff were very friendly and not over bearing but left us to enjoy the meal. A very relaxed atmosphere. Would highly recommend for a special night out.

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NH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We have eaten at Aqua8 for many years now. Often for special occasions. It has been our favourite restaurant. We were disappointed this time for a number of reasons. The waiter continually lent over the table rather than serving from the side of the customer - very impolite and lazy. The Aqua8 menu has always been particularly good. We found the quantity light and barely enough, and... we are not 'huge' eaters either. When the food was served with the accompanying dips - these were not explained and we had to ask what each was for. The final disappointment was the absence of desserts - these were always included in the Aqua8 menu and now the price has been increased and the desserts removed! The food that was served was cooked well, however the presentation has changed - no edible baskets for the soft-shelled crab, just pilled in a reuseable basket. We left feeling let down by the whole experience and we will not be rushing back.

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LH
Italy
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Aqua8 for new years eve and we were very impress with the food. Was a very good experience!

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GE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of 9 for a end of year party. Amazing food, simply amazing. Great service. It doesn't come much better than this, best Asian food I have ever eaten, my recommendations, the crab and iberico pork. Highly recommended

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AM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed the food and staff amazing, the food was so delicious and tasty, couldn’t find fault

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always aqua eight didn’t disappoint, lovely bar, cocktails and the food was delicious.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food as always

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HG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very much enjoyed, food very good lovely variety
Waiting staff good

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PI
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived slightly early for our reservation, the service was inviting & prompt throughout the whole evening, noise levels were notably high which was the only disappointment! Otherwise great food! 😊

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DR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, served well and in a timely fashion. It would have been full marks but we were overcharged on drinks

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LB
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great as usual however the general service was quite slow. We booked an early dinner (6:30pm) and it felt like we had been forgotten about between our starter and mains. Drink service was slow as we had to try get the waiters attention. Wouldn’t put me off going back again for a special occasion.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Usually faultless and a firm favourite. I booked for my friends birthday. We had the set Xmas menu. I dont eat meat but i do eat fish and was happy with the prawns on the starter and main. However the intermediate course was duck. I explained I didn't eat meat and could I have stir fried veg or a non meat option and the answer was a flat no. So I asked for veggie tasting menu but was refused as there was only 1 of us having veggie and its 2 minimum. We argued the case saying it was ridiculous he explained the quantity of the duck was why. So I asked if just two were having the set menu would it be the same quantity as 3 having duck? Surely not? He said absolutly no changes could be made even a plate of stir fried veg for spring rolls could not be done but I could order an additional dish for extra charge and have that, I paid an additional £7.95 on top of the £28.50 per head to have a veggie intermediate course. I feel that they could have accomadated a vegetarian intermediate course without an issue or additional cost. It would have been less duck meat to have served. Really disappointed as other restaurants are always more than accommodating with a no meat option. We have always had excellent service and food on a number of occasions previously but this was no where near the usual standard of service.
I also ordered a coffee at the end of the meal which was so terrible and bitter I couldn't drink it so they did take that off the bill with no fuss. The food we did have was delicious and the prawns were fantastic, just dissapiibted by the service.

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P
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made to feel super special by all the team at Aqua8, a fantastic birthday celebrations thanks

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Z
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday evening dinner was relaxed and quiet. The service was exceptional (it was more than just serving food) and the attention to detail with the menu/food is outstanding. Will definitely be returning, the price compared to the food and service is very reasonable. The roasted duck in sweet soy sauce accompanied with the Glutinous sticky rice in lotus leaf is a must, highly recommended especially the sticky rice. All in all 5* in my opinion.

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NI
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding we will definitely return

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LD
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing restaurant tucked away in Ipswich, excellent food, wine and service. The dishes are presented in a very modern way and look delicious. The beef with ginger and spring onion was so soft and full of flavour. If you have the opportunity to visit - I wouldn't hesitate, a hidden gem.

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J
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, selection and delicious food, will definitely be returning

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DK
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed have been going to aqua eight for years recommended to everyone so took all my friends 8 of them for meal spent a lot of money on cocktails and leave it to us menu food we had was good but was not offered any dessert which was included so 8 meals down service poor when complained was told we had run out of time but was still charged we had 2 tables of 4 so not a large group

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always. Great service including knowledge of celiac. Even a suprise for the birthday girl when the desert came out with candles and servers singing happy birthday.

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KH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us went for lunch on Saturday & we definitely overstayed our welcome as we were chatting for literally hours. However, not one of the staff tried to hurry us or anything. It was outstanding as always & every one of us loved it. Food was perfect as were the cocktails

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, gorgeous food, hearty wine and brilliant company made for a very enjoyable evening

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C
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for a birthday and was not disappointed. Food was excellent, service was excellent and they had even added balloons to the table and gave a free dessert to the person celebrating their birthday. Great little touches to make you feel a bit special.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a great lunch. Delicious food and friendly staff. Would have given this 5 stars if it hadn't been for the awful dance music that was being played. Not something I want to listen to while I'm eating.

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p
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, presentation and attention to detail all outstanding

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DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here before a comedy show at the Corn Exchange on Sunday night, food was excellent, staff friendly, ambience great and could not have had a better experience. The menu is excellent and varied, highly recommended.

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PC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food .I was not told that service charge was added so I added another 10 per cent in error

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MZ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent service and food. Quiet on the night of review but usually packed at the weekend! Service has improved since I used to visit years ago and got a little frustrated at it! Top notch. Shame so quiet! There was also an offer on midweek with 20% off the food - made all the more accessible for midweek dining! Well done!

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MP
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food at a really good price. Staff where all very friendly and helpful.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really tasty food

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GB
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We hadn't been to Aqua Eight for some time but decided to go with friends on a Thursday night. When we entered the downstairs bar the greeting was at best indifferent and was if anything unwelcoming. There was no-one else at the bar area and the barman was inattentive and distracted by his phone. We had to repeatedly ask to be served any drinks. His personality was as flat as a pancake.
The general decor was now looking shabby and needed a major facelift.
The food was good and the service in the restaurant area OK. Apart from our four there was only one other party in the restaurant. We left at 10.30 and the barman locked the door behind us and he went home. We felt our being at the restaurant was an inconvenience to the barman!!

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a fault could be said about our visit... the food was outstanding and the staff are friendly and polite

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly service. The Black Cod with Mizo was particularly delicious.

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AP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and decor, friendly helpful staff, the food was fine but perhaps a little bland, nothing to set it apart from most other oriental restaurants in the town.

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MH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting asian cuisine, great service and great atmosphere; one of our most favourite places to eat, can't wait until next time!

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PV
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Dreadful service from waiter and manager who had poor knowledge and attitude.
Food not good eg Chicken Katsu was cooked in oil which was old and fish flavoured.
Will never go back.
This place trades on a reputation it no longer deserves.

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d
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice food, high quality ingredients used and quick attentative service

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