Restaurant Review: Aqua Brasserie

By - Friday 6th June, 2014

Joy Akwue Butler enjoys a relaxing dinner and friendly service

35 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BE

Time from East Croydon:  15 minutes /  5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312


Delicious trio of dips at Aqua Brasserie. Photo by Joy Akwue Butler, used with permission.

Aqua Brasserie has a modern interior, divided into two sections. It describes itself as a Mediterranean meze bar and grill, offering a good selection of meat and fish dishes. It doesn’t seem to matter what evening you choose to go there, as within a short space of time each table is full and the restaurant is bustling with conversation. This evening was no exception!

On Thursday 15th May 2014 I arranged to meet up with an old friend – Jo, who I hadn’t seen since before Christmas. On arrival I was welcomed by Fernando, who had taken my original booking.

Filo pastry parcels were full of delicious flavour

As Jo & I had quite a lot of catching up to do, our friendly waitress patiently kept coming to check if we were ready to order and finally we were. For our starters Jo chose the filo pastry parcels filled with spinach & feta cheese, served with tomato & basil coulis (£6.00). I ordered the trio of dips which included taramasalata, houmus and tzatziki, served with warm pitta bread (£5.50).

When our starters arrived, we both agreed that each dish was very well presented. Jo said that her filo pastry parcels were full of delicious flavour. My dips were all equally delicious and as the portions were quite generous, I was able to share them with Jo. Jo commented on how she loves Greek food and that taramasalata can sometimes be salty & overbearing but after tasting this one, she felt it was just right. During the meal, we both had white wine. Jo drank Bishop’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc (£8.00 per glass) whilst I had Pinot Grigio Della Venezie Veneto (£6.50 per glass).

In the relaxed atmosphere, we never felt we had to hurry even though Aqua was full

Although busy, Aqua has a nice relaxed atmosphere so at no time did we feel that we had to hurry our food, despite the restaurant being full. We continued our conversation until we were eventually ready to order our main courses. Jo ordered the souvlaki chicken – marinated chicken, served with cracked wheat pilaf, greek yoghurt and mixed leaf salad (£12.00). I ordered the medallions of beef, served with buttered spinach, creamy mash & Diane sauce (£19.00).

‘Tender and delicious’ medallions of beef. Photo by Joy Akwue Butler, used with permission.

The main courses arrived and again were well presented. Jo enjoyed her souvlaki, describing the chicken pieces as succulent & tasty. Although there was plenty on her plate, she felt that there was something missing – maybe some extra dressing for the salad. My beef was tender and delicious but I felt that the Diane sauce was slightly lacking in flavour. This didn’t spoil our overall enjoyment of our meals.

I visited the ladies – which was clean & presentable but unfortunately there is only one, so on busier nights queues have developed! Aqua has a separate disabled toilet.

After a lovely evening in Aqua, it was time to ask for the bill and as I have a Tastecard this entitled me to 50% off the food bill. Aqua accepts the Tastecard from Sundays to Thursdays. I would visit Aqua again and would definitely recommend it.

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler works as the Operations Manager for IKM TeckChek Europe whose UK office is based in Croydon. She has lived and worked in the area for over 20 years. She currently lives in Caterham with her partner and has one daughter – Jasmine. Joy loves eating good food and enjoys socialising!

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  • Anne Giles

    Yes – I have been there three times and it has always been good.