Healthy eating is easy when you’re at home and able to cook yourself: you’re in charge of the ingredients and the quantities and less tempted by bad choices on a restaurant menu. But, eating out doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be unhealthy or boring either. Plenty of places offer healthy options and different types of cuisine – like Japanese or Thai – are usually a lot healthier than your average burger and chips… To prove to you that healthy can be absolutely delicious even when you’re eating at restaurants, we’ve decided to be guinea pigs and try it out for you… it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it!
So that’s how we ended up at Aqua Kyoto – an incredible Japanese restaurant just off Oxford Circus – to try their new “Sunshine Vitamin D Menu”. After a recent report showed that almost 80% of adults in the UK spend too much time indoors and are Vitamin D deficient, Aqua Kyoto’s head chef Paul Greening decided to create a special sunshine menu packed full of Vitamin D rich ingredients, which are commonly used in Japanese cuisine. From green tea noodles to maitake (Japanese mushroom) to ikura (salmon roe), this special menu is jam-packed with healthy ingredients to give you a little pick-me-up.
The 3 course menu consists of a sunshine cocktail, a starter, main and dessert, for all of which you have several choices. Cam went for the Maitake mushroom and tofu harumaki starter and grilled salmon glazed with unagi & mustard soy. I chose the spinach rolls wrapped in yuba skin with ginger sesame sauce followed by the green tea noodles with shiitake mushrooms and vitamin D teriyaki sauce. We both had the egg custard ice cream and yuzu meringue dessert.
This might seem like a ton of words that don’t mean much to you (or us), but rest assured it’s absolutely amazing. I mean, just check out the pictures – it tasted every bit as good as it looked. The best bit was that at the end we actually felt really great, not bloated and feeling guilty for overindulging. And at £24.50 for the whole meal, there’s not much not to love! If the sun’s out, you can even relax on Aqua’s amazing rooftop terrace for a ‘real’ vitamin D boost, but sadly we had a heavy thunderstorm to deal with… it is Britain after all.
Aqua Kyoto’s Sunshine Vitamin D menu is available until August 30th
Mon-Sat, 12noon – 2.3pm/5.30 – 7pm.
30 Argyll Street
W1B 3BR London
Fashercise was a guest of Aqua Kyoto. All our opinions are 100% real nonetheless.