What’s paired better with seafood than a beautiful water front view? I would say that it goes hand in hand and that’s exactly what Aqua offers you. Delicious, fresh-fresh seafood and a gorgeous waterfront view.
Aqua is located in downtown Seattle at Pier 70. The restaurant has a great view of the water and it offers valet parking which can be a time saver in Seattle. On a gorgeous sunny day the water sparkles and fills Aqua with a warm natural light. The decor is similar to El Guacho, their sister restaurant – with large windows, an open space concept and beautiful piano music drifting while you dine. The similarities change with a multitude of bright colors, tiled ceiling and of course their famous seafood.
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We started with drinks and found that our favorite was their Rose Collins made with their in-house rose infused gin, St. germain, lemon sour and soda water. It was floral, delicate and sweet. Another equally recommended drink is their Pineapple Martini made with their in-house infused pineapple vodka that’s shaken. Simple, fruity and refreshing, touched with a pineapple wedge.
Amongst the other appetizers we chose the Crispy Fried Calamari made with a soy mustard aioli and sweet chili sauce as our favorite. Well-balanced between sweet, spicy and tangy and the calamari had a flaky batter that complimented the sauce. This dish will appease your appetites while you wait for the main course. Next was the Seafood Bliss which comes complete with Dungeness crab fried legs, Poached Jumbo Prawns, Ahi Tartare, Snow Crab Claws, Main Lobster Claws, Fresh Oysters and accompanied with house-made West Indian cocktail sauce. This is a great way to try various items and definitely big enough to share. The seafood was fresh. It was simple and yet sophisticated. Our favorites were the oysters that were fresh and sweet. Overall the Seafood Bliss provides variety with fresh and natural flavors.
Next we tried the fish. First was the wild caught King Salmon in a basil-thyme pesto and a sun dried tomato relish. Well-balanced, delicate and flavorful. The salmon was cooked perfectly savoring the delicate meat that was flaky and juicy. Adding the pesto and sun dried tomato relish really pulled the dish together with rich flavor and color. Another great dish to enjoy is their Seared Sashimi grade Ahi Tuna in a pepper sesame crust with a miso orange marinade, Asian coleslaw and citrus ponzu. This dish definitely had a wow-factor to it. Fresh tuna rolled in sesame seeds which gave it texture and contrast while the miso orange marinade gave it a burst of flavor with every bite.
There are times when it’s hard to choose a dessert when everything sounds so delicious but after an anonymous vote we decided on the Bailey’s Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean ice cream and caramel sauce. Full flavored bread pudding with a hint of rum, savory caramel sauce and a side of strawberries that complimented and contrasted with natural sweetness. On top was the slowly melting ice cream that kept it moist. If we weren’t so full we would have ordered it twice. The dessert itself is a good enough reason to come back to Aqua!
All in all, Aqua provides quality seafood, a humble atmosphere and a beautiful view. Aqua | 2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121 | Open 7 days a week