The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 30th November 2011

Somerset House, Hyde Park and Canary Wharf may all have city skate rinks on which to execute those perfect figures of eight/spend the day on your bottom (delete as applicable) but if you want to keep your dignity intact, then the West End’s exclusive aqua kyoto is the spot to embrace the big chill.

The venue’s Sake & Sushi Ice Bar promises to be the capital’s only outdoor ice bar where guests can chill and dine alfresco on the aqua kyoto terrace amid an array of dazzling festive decorations and hand-carved ice sculptures.

Take in the London sky line whilst indulging in warm sake cocktails such as The Aoki (cinnamon syrup, warm apple juice) or Kyoto Fushimizu Jitate (served with cinnamon and vanilla jelly cubes) alongside delicious Japanese dishes with outdoor heaters and cosy cashmere blankets to stave off the chills.

Stored in casks on the terrace, sake flavours come alive when heated and served in authentic Japanese ‘choko’ lacquer cups. Get acquainted with Dassai – a pure sake made from rice polished to 23% of the original size (the highest degree of milling of any sake in the world) and Kyoto Fushimizu Jitate Sake – made with a special type of water called 'miya mizu' sourced near Kyoto.

Head Chef Jordan Sclare has created sushi dishes to complement the sake including Torched salmon sushi topped with guacamole and Sea bass sushi with chilli and sesame. But if you’ve forgotten your gloves you can keep those digits toasty with hot hand-held bowls of Steamed king crab leg in miso soup.

30 November – 12 February

aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, W1, 0207 478 0540