Finally made it to Aqua over the weekend for a meal. I have to say that I always enjoyed it when it was over at Ariel Sands but now with it’s relocation to Surfside Hotel, I’d say the location is even better. The DP and I got a table right at the edge of the wall overlooking the water. What a wonderful view of the ocean! Definitely, good for romantic dinners.
We both opted for the mussels to start. Served in a fairly traditional white wine, shallot, tomato broth. Unfortunately, both plates arrived with more than half the mussels not opening properly. We had to send the dishes back. We were both offered the opportunity to order another appetizer so the DP ordered the ribs instead. A large plate (for an appie) showed up piled with about 8 or 9 ribs served over an Asian slaw. The ribs were quite nice, not falling off the bone but was still nice and tender. It was nicely glazed, not too much sauce so that it’s just dripping and the glaze was lightly sweet which I liked. The slaw was a nice touch with a nice crunch to it and hits of warm sesame oil. I ordered for my main, the asparagus ravioli appetizer and the DP had the snapper. For some reason I thought the ravioli would be stuffed with an asparagus filling but rather it was spears of asparagus served with a ricotta ravioli. It was nice with the ravioli al dente but nothing spectacular. The DP’s snapper looked quite nice, served with a cassava gratin and medley of vegetables. I didn’t taste it but he seemed to really enjoy it. We ended the evening with the soufflé of the day, which was a banana soufflé served with crème anglaise. I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely, as it had a nice banana flavour and it wasn’t too sweet which is why I don’t like the Fourways souffle’s too much. The DP prefers the Fresco’s ones better. The top part of the soufflé reminded me of the paper wrapped cakes (and that’s the literal translation of the name “zhee bao dan goh” that you get at Chinese bakeries which probably accounts for my preference for this soufflé.
Overall, a nice meal. The service was excellent and very attentive which combined with the view made the experience a very pleasant evening. The food was average, nothing spectacular unfortunately. Will go back at some point and see if it was a one off affair with the food. I hope so!