I never had the chance to visit the original Aquum so I reached out to some friends who live in the area and received mixed reviews. Visually, the reformed Aquum looks stunning. The venue adopts a chic look combining raw stone and dark leather seating completed with impressive light installation. The ground floor and basement features onyx-style wrapped bars whilst upstairs holds a 75 cover restaurant.
With a new found focus on food Head Chef Anastasios Tologlou (previously of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Coloniales Huerta) has created a menu that takes inspiration from his Greek roots as well as his experience working in some of the world’s top Michelin starred restaurants. At the re-launch we were able to sample some of offerings of which stand-out dishes include the 24-hour pork belly souvlaki, chargrilled lamb rump and chargrilled octopus.
Guests at the re-launch were offered a diverse cocktail menu including some classic options as well as some experimental Greek cocktails. Highlights include the Greek Rose Spritz which fuses Metaxa with rose petals and Prosecco offering a refined scented concoction, and the Greek Negroni which mixes Bombay Sapphie, Skinos Mastic liquer, sweet vermouth and Campari resulting in an impressive, if not robust tasting drink.
Referring back to stories of the original Aquum the Clapham high Street venue has come a long way. This exciting refurbishment will give the four-storey venue a new lease of life with the addition of two new bars and a restaurant. With its enticing new food menu, exciting cocktail list and an interesting interior Aquum will provide South Londoners the perfect stop for drinking, dining and dancing. Check it out if you are in the area.
Aquum / www.aquum.co.uk
Words by Jack David