London Last Night
While French superstar DJ, David Guetta is traveling around the world playing at the hottest parties, his wife Cathy launched the new brand of watches by ICE at London’s Aqua Nueva yesterday. Now that Cathy is not setting the dance floor on fire every night, or maybe she is and is in recovery, she has turned her hand to something else. The French actress was joined by McFly guitarist Danny Jones, who took to the decks like a pro (we thought he was nearly as good as David!) Dutch singer/songwriter Esmee Denters also performed and has been rumored to be working with the French DJ. It was a fabulous party and the venue heightened the sense of luxury – we highly recommend checking it out.
Aqua Neuva is a Spanish restaurant, with a spectacular rooftop bar and combines flashes of bling with flashes of brilliance. Iberian Ham Croquettes, porcini mushroom and truffle risotto, Hake with black rice sauce, baby squid, alioli and a garlic and paprika dressing, are all mouth-wateringly delicious and very more-ish and it comes in sharing style platters to make eating a sociable experience. The bar has a superb choice of champagnes, wines and vodkas and waiters will always recommend vino which will compliment your food.
The KEY thing to know about Aqua Neuva is that there is at least one celeb event a month hosted at the venue, so if you hang around long enough or work in the area, then you will spot someone. The best way to go star gazing is to check out Twitter, as red carpet events will ALWAYS be talked about. But if you have a special event coming up and just want to say you went to the restaurant then this is what we recommend:
HOW TO GET IN: Dinner is pretty damn appetising and once you have tasted the Tapas you will think you have died and gone to Barcelona. Although the lunch menu is equally as nice, the clientele tend to be City workers on a business lunch. The evening has a much nicer atmosphere, even though City wags are still present, the overall scene is very relaxed yet entertaining. To book, either visit the website or call 0207 478 0540
HOW MUCH TO PAY: It’s not overly expensive for a swanky restaurant, although it’s not Nando’s. You are looking at paying at least £60 per person with a drink or two. But the food is beautiful and the service is incredible.
THE YAYS: (1) The glamorous interior and nothing more than perfect, roof-top terrace is enough to draw you in – plus it is home to LOTS of celebrity parties. (2) The all-Spanish wine list is exquisite and we have yet to find a better bottle of Graciano Londono Rioja in London. (3) The tapas dishes are really excellent, with a clearly well sourced string of ingredients (our favourite was the Hake).
THE NAYS: (1) It’s a little bit showy for some, as you can expect plenty of alluring, well-heeled people – which may annoy some, but others will love. (2) Desserts are the restaurants achilles heel. The lemon tart with the banana and cookie ice cream is far too much for even the sweetest of tooth, and is the odd dish on the menu. (3) If you are looking for a light, non-stodgy meal, then this is NOT the place for you. All those ladies in their body con dresses and slight figures had better steer clear.
INSIDER KNOWLEDGE: The tomato bread and olive oil mash is Daisy Lowe’s favourite items on the menu – yum! It’s rumored that this is THE place Prince Harry loves to go before hitting the town hard.
WHAT COULD HAPPEN: Although you may be a little short of cash afterwards, you would of experienced a great venue and intense Spanish flavours. The most memorable event was watching an intimate gig by Alicia Keys here as she celebrated an album launch. At that event, we chatted to JLS and Aston Merrygold told us he wears women’s trainers as he is size 7. Random!
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