An Excellent lunch.
Our son recommended this restaurant and I had read about it in the Suffolk Life so when we were in Ipswich to go to the theatre one sat afternoon it was a perfect time to try it.
I am a sucker for cocktails and loved the choice. We had the Aqua set meal and it was superb , we chose it because we love the soft shell crab but all of it was fabulous.
I was surprised that it was not busier but it was late lunchtime on the saturday just before the start of the pre Christmas weekend .
We had a little problem finding it being strangers to Ipswich so perhaps some instructions may help. The map is ok on the web site but you need to know that Lion street curves round a corner.
Aqua Eight, Outstanding
The food here was of the top quality. For a restaurant in Ipswich it felt like you were out in London. Very happy with everything.
Modern, bistro style restaurant,
Modern, bistro style restaurant, modern oriental fusion food. Good friendly service, fantastic quality, great presentation, and utterly delicious. The only down side (for me) is that it's a little expensive, even for the good quality on offer. I'd eat here more often if it were slightly more reasonable.
Excellent Birthday Celebration
Superb dining experience. Delicious food. Great for a celebration. Staff were attentive and informative. Excellent value.
We will be returning to try other dishes.
Still the best restaurant around
Fantastic meal and service, always made to feel special.
We've been meaning to visit Aqua Eight and now wished we hadn't taken so long, our meals were delicious and we definitely won't leave it too long before we return! 5 stars!
We went for my husband's birthday
We went for my husband's birthday on a Sunday evening. We had tried to get a table for the saturday but they were fully booked so we went for Sunday. It was very quiet which was the only negative. Not much stmosphere but we had a great night anyway. Lovely food, 1st class service and reasonable value. Our bill came to £80 for the two of us but we had a bottle of wine at £25. Can't wait to go again.
We went to Aqua 8 for our anniversary dinner. Our dinner was excellant quality and value for money. The evening was very enjoyable, the service was excellant and the touch of the table decoration was very much appreciated. The only critisim I would have is we did fell pressured to 'get through' our meal and leave before the next seating - the staff did 'hover' a little. I have worked in the resturant industry myself and do appreciate the difficutlies of 'multi seating' tables but found it very noticeable in Aqua 8. Otherwise - an excllant evening.
Some of the best Oriental
Some of the best Oriental food I have ever eaten, with such subtle and imaginative use of spices that you end up thinking: so that's what they are really meant to taste like! Crispy duck that is really crispy; spicy tempura prawns to die for. If you like, you can create an Oriental tapas-style meal by putting together lots of small (or small-ish) starters and ignoring main courses altogether; that way, you get to try a wider variety of dishes. Staff are charming and attentive, and delicious tea (green, jasmine etc.) an absolute steal at £1.80 per pot which keeps getting refilled as many times as you like. Only the environment, which is elegant and spotless, is a bit echoey and, when crowded, would be no good for a Romantic tete-a-tete.
Sublime as standard!
We went for my partners 30th birthday. We've been here many times before and it is by far our favourite restaurant, but we were looking forward to taking the parents and my brother too, so they could see why we rave on about aqua eight so often! The guys at aqua eight did not disappoint, the service, food, ambience was exceptional. Every time I speak to my dad, he tells me he is still dreaming about the chicken satay and soft-shell crab! It is a little expensive so may be more for a special occasion, but you certainly get what you pay for!
Still the best
As a regular to any restaurant there is always the chance that you will get the odd meal that isn't as good as others. This hasn't been the case at Aqua 8, the food & service was great and the overall enjoyment remains consistently high.
Brilliant as always
This is our go to restaurant when dining with friends and as always we were very pleased with the whole evening. The service was good, but busy saturday nights can lead to a delay in attention from the staff so be prepared. The food was great as ever, one of the highlights is the steak rolled asparagus with teryaki sauce. All in all a fantastic evening
excellent as always
Aqua eight never disapoints. Would highly recommend.
Excellent as usual
Very good food and service as usual. Will definitely be dining their again.
Not the cheapest but well worth treating yourself. Food incredibly tasty, plenty of it and lots of choice.
great food and service
We got to the restaurant early and had drinks and got called for our table early. The food was amazing and the service was very good. There was a large group who were quite loud, which spoilt the ambience a little. But overall i would definitely reccomend.
This restaurant is something you would expect to find in London,with Michelin stars, the food is presented in such a beautiful way, and always cooked to perfection, we had a set menu, and it was a fantastic choice of dishes, we struggled to eat it all! The staff were very friendly and attentive, and the ambience is lovely - I cannot wait to go back!!
Top Class Restaurant
This is our "treat" restaurant, which we come to on special occasions! The service is extremely attentive in a very subtle way and gentle way, the food presentation is absolutely exquisite, and the taste of the food is just divine (of the different meals we've had so far). The lighting is the best I've seen in many a restaurant giving is a great feel. A little pricey, but well worth a visit if you haven't been before. We will be back on our next celebration.....or if we just fancy a treat before that!
absolutely sublime as usual!
Once again Aqua Eight really delivered on everything. Having only been there the month before for my partners birthday, we went back for mine last Tuesday. I cannot fault anything, the food was incredible and beautifully presented, the cocktails were perfectly mixed and the service was excellent. I highly recommend the soft-shell crab and the thai chilli beef salad. As for the pink mojitos....they're better than any I've ever had in Cuba or Mexico!! Thank you for making it so special, we are desperately trying to find the next special occasion so we have another reason to visit!!
Very good service, Food was
Very good service, Food was top notch and will definitely be going back in the future!
Best place to eat out in Ipswich
We love this place - we come here regularly to eat just the two of us and this time we made it a birthday lunch with my partner's best friend. The staff are really friendly and the food is awesome - there is a great selection of small eats such as tempura prawn, dumplings and scallops, which are great to share as a meal in themselves, or delicious mains. The lunch set menu is excellent value for money - for three of us, including wine, it came to just over £20 a head. The full price menu is more expensive but still great for the quality and presentation. The only criticism is that the restaurant is very loud. Even at lunchtime, we asked for the music to be turned down (which was done immediately). Better for parties than intimate dinners.
Aqua Eight May 2013
Exquisite food and service, although expensive for the amount. Drinks were very expensive - we were asked if we wished for additional starters which were charged for at the end of the bill - other local restaurants do not charge.
one of the best around!!
Have been here a few times now and I am alway impressed, the food is wonderful. Definitely recommend going if you havent been before. Can guarantee you will return!!
Excellent Restaurant for Lunch
Only my second time at Acqua 8 but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food is so different not run-of-the mill like alot of restaurants. The staff are so polite and helpful. Although it is hidden away from the cornhill it is well worth going around the back of the Town Hall to find the restaurant for a very enjoyable experience. Will certainly go a third time.
A lovely evening
Amazing food that you have to tell everyone about, really friendly service and a beautiful atmosphere.
Had received so many good reviews was a little skeptical. But I needn't have worried. From the moment we were greeted at the door to when we left the service and food was excellent.
TOOK MY BOYFRIEND TO AQUA 8 FOR A BIRTHDAY MEAL AND REQUESTED A QUIET TABLE, I FOUND THAT THIS IS WHAT WE HAD AND BIRTHDAY BALLOONS AND TABLE JEWELLS A NICE UNEXPECTED TOUCH WHICH WENT DOWN WELL. THE FOOD WAS VERY NICE HAD MIXED STARTER I AM NOT A GREAT SEAFOOD FAN BUT THIS INCLUDED SQUID WHICH WAS LOVELY AND MELTED IN YOUR MOUTH AND THE REST OF THE MEAL WAS VERY NICE AND THE STAFF WERE VERY ATTENTIVE AND POLITE OVERALL THE WINE WAS A BIT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN SOME OTHER RESTAURANTS IN TOWN BUT NOT BY MUCH ( I HAD BEEN TOLD BY FRIENDS THAT IT WAS EXPENSIVE) I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING AGAIN
Please have more sociable
Please have more sociable dinner times! Love this restaurant but 6.15 and 9.15 really puts me off!
Went to this restaurant for the first time after having other people say it was good and both me and my partner were not let down as the food service and assistance we were given was excellent would recommend it to any one
excellent night out
My husband has been wanting to come here for a while but because I am a fussy eater I kept putting it off. We decidedto go outforoyr birthday meal and I was very much impressed. The food was excellent and the atmosphere and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back there soon and would definitely recommend it to everyone
It was our wedding anniversary the place & the food lived up to our special occasion.
great for vegetarians
This is my favourite Asian Fusion restaurant ever, everything about it is right. Huge Menu, lots of vegetarian options, which other restaurants don't have. Service is brilliant. I've only eaten there in the evening. I recommend booking well in advance, this restaurant is very popular.
Would certainly recommend Aqua8 for a special occasion. The food was very special and beautifully presented. We were a little disappointed with our waiting staff but it did not spoil the evening.
It's been better
Been to Aqua8 a lot and love everything about it. This time we went very early at 6.15pm and it was very busy with some large groups. So when the food came out it seemed a little rushed a d wasn't their usual high standards. It was stil lovely but it's been better. Would still go again and recommend it to all
Great evening and food
Went with friends on 21/06/13 to celebrate our anniversary. We went for the option to let them choose and the food was absolutely mouth-wateringly good! Love this type of food anyway but this is a cut above. Not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for. The waiter even overheard us toasting to our anniversary and the next thing brought out helium balloons with happy anniversary on! We hadn't asked for them or pre-warned them, they just did it! Lovely touch and much appreciated. Friendly courteous service. No wonder it is one one the top rated restaurants in the area!
A late supper
We could only get a late booking and ended up just having salads as we had snacked before hand. The service was really good and friendly. The menu was interesting with lots of good choice. The salads we choose were tasty.
We went for my partner's birthday
We went for my partner's birthday and were very impressed with the overall evening. The food was beautifully presented and the service was very good. The little touches that were put on for her birthday were lovely, made it a very special evening.
A Lovely Night Out
This Modern Asian Food Experience has always been reliable and a quality meal. The service is friendly an efficient and I would recommend a meal here for all occasions.
Outstanding food and presentation. Staff excellent. A dining experience not to be missed.
We brought friends to Aqua
We brought friends to Aqua Eight last year when they were visiting. When they returned for a visit this year they insisted on eating there again as it had been such an enjoyable experience. We were not disappointed. As always, food and friendly service was outstanding
A perfect meal
As usual, we were not disappointed at Aqua8. We only go about 3 times a year but have never been disappointed. The service is excellent and the food a delight. This time we had the seafood mixed starter, crispy duck, then rice with curried monkfish and a wasabi venison dish - delicious. They were happy to allow us a break before the main dishes, even though we were at the first sitting on a Saturday night - we certainly were not rushed through. Thank you.
Food was lovely, never been there before. Service was very good. Friendly atmosphere. Recommend the Blackened miso Alaskan Cod.... Worth it for a treat.
Maybe I chose the wrong menu items!
Having heard many good things about this restaurant we were keen to try it out. So booked a birthday celebration meal for 6. Online booking facility was excellent. The location, decor and ambiance of the place are all excellent. It has a classy feel and a vibrant atmosphere. The food was excellent but I think we chose unwisely from the menu. Because of the very wide selection of dishes we decided to go for the 'early bird' and 'summer special' set-menu options. The majority of which was really just the same as you get at any other good quality chinese restaurant - with the exception of the soft-shell crabs which were quite divine! Will go again but next time will be far more selective and try more unusual dishes from the menu.
I think the title says it all. Mid week evening meal. Excellent service, fantastic food, quality venue with perfect ambience and attention to detail. Would have liked it to be cheaper but then you get what you pay for.
Excellent quality food
Worthy of the good reviews, food very good although a tad expensive especially the drinks. We went on a sun eve so quiet and good service. I mentioned on booking it was our anniversary and they put 2 helium anniversary balloons and table confetti on our table which was a nice touch.
This was my first trip to Ipswich, very impressed with the food, service and overall atmosphere.
After researching for a nice posh looking restaurant for a birthday treat, I found AquaEight. I had not heard of AquaEight but the menu sounded just what i was looking for. I booked online for 3 persons. The only disadvantage was the lack of times. I could either book 6.30, 6.45 or 9 in the evening. I was quite pleased we had an earlier sitting as we could rest our full stomachs before bed. The service was grande and the food was amazingly presented. The dishes were not cheap but you pay for the quality of the food, presentation and service. The servings were also very generous. I recommend AquaEight if you're looking for something different. Im definately going back again but on an empty stomach.
Great Food, Rushed Service
Me and my Girlfriend dined here for lunch on a Saturday. We booked in advance for 2pm. On arrival we were extremely rushed into ordering our food an told that the kitchen closed in 15 minutes. It felt as though they didnt really want us there. It was our second visit, our first being extremely good and some of the best food we'd eaten outt which is why we returned. The food again was superb, we both ordered off the set lunch menu and really enjoyed the satay skewers and soy beef dishes. We will return again but i hope we are made to feel more welcome
As a local to this area we would happily recommend aqua 8 as one of the best restaurants in ipswich. I took my husband for his 30th birthday and we had the "leave it to us" menu where the staff asked what sort of food we liked and then they brought us 4 courses of yummy surprises based on our taste eg fish, chicken etc. The restaurant itself is upstairs with the bar downstairs, it has lovely mood lighting and the atmosphere was very romantic and gentle. We will definitely be going back!
What a great night out at this beautiful restaurant! Great ambiance, the food was superb. Particularly recommend the Honey Pork with Asparagus, and the squid in the mixed starter is to die for!! Just a really lovely meal, quite expensive as we went all out and didn't do the set menu, but was great, can't recommend highly enough! Just wished I didn't live so far away!!