A few weeks ago, for my birthday, my Dad treated us to a slap-up meal at the local Italian restaurant in Milton Keynes, Aqua. It offers contemporary Italian with a luxurious edge and has quickly become a family favourite in the past year.
I’m kicking myself for not taking a photo of decor, because the restaurant is gorgeous. Set over a few mezzanine floors with a blue and metallic theme, the interior of Aqua is suitably smart. Unsurprisingly, I took plenty of photos of the food!
To start with we ordered some bread, which, to be honest was a little tight on the portion size. But nice enough. The rest of the starters, however, were tasty. My Dad ordered the Breaded Goats Cheese, which I am told is heavenly. I ordered the Crab Salad. It was light and fresh – exactly what I hoped for. I might have preferred a little more generosity with the crab serving, but otherwise delicious.
The mains are definitely the best bit.
I ordered the Slow-Roasted Duck Pasta, and it was utterly divine. The duck was melt-in-the-mouth tender. The sauce was rich and seasoned. The pasta perfectly cooked. Oh yes, I could eat that all over again.
The boyf and my Dad both ordered the Pork Cheeks. Something I wouldn’t think to pick, but I was delightfully surprised. The Pork Cheeks are wonderfully tender and rich in flavour. Totally worth choosing on a meal out like this. The dish tasted very special indeed.
To drink, I chose a bottle of the Chardonnay, which was wonderfully light and unoaked. Perfect for an Italian lunch such as this. They also do offers on their Bellini’s which we failed to notice until the bottle of wine was ordered. So maybe next time we’ll try those.
The desserts are the usual suspects you’d expect from an Italian. My Dad ordered the Tiramisu with an Espresso on the side. It’s his favourite dessert and he was not disappointed. My sister ordered the Chocolate Brownie which was so rich you needed the vanilla ice cream to cut through the flavour. And I ordered the Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte, which was rather lovely. Although I imagine it is made to go well with a coffee on the side. Sadly, I still don’t drink coffee – something I need to work on!
Dinner here is not cheap if you go for a full three courses like we did. But it was a birthday treat. They do a fixed menu for lunch or early dinner for around £10 for two courses. Or the pizzas are a more affordable option too. As a family we recommend the Goats Cheese to start and either the Pork Cheeks or Slow-Roasted Duck Pasta. It’s worth splashing out for!
Aqua Restaurant in Milton Keynes is at the Hub. They also have restaurants in Bristol, Bath and Portishead.