Aqua: A Must Visit For Seafood Lovers

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Seattle is known for its vast array of seafood. Cashing in on the trend, restaurateur Paul Mackay (El Gaucho) has taken things to a whole new level with Aqua. The whole setup is lavish and surrounded by glass. Aqua is one among the few fine restaurants in Seattle directly on the water.

The external setup pulls instant attention. There is an expansive deck. However, it is not open throughout the year. You need to check the timings if you really want to enjoy the views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains on a clear day. Aqua has an equally impressive indoor setup. It follows a truly cohesive theme rather than a painted shell with a few thematic artifacts hanged on the wall. The copper artichoke chandeliers are the show-stealers whereas barrel-backed chairs are placed to offer plush comfort to diners. 



At Aqua bright, airy spaces with sculptural lighting and leather club chairs tempt guests to check out breathtaking views and a delightful, seafood-based menu.

The menu boasts fresh and innovative ingredients. You can sit here for hours and treat yourself to the unique flavors of salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab and the finest local clams and mussels. Bear in mind, they change menu options depending on what's fresh. There is a great selection of dishes that are cooked and presented well. The portions are perfectly sized and very flavorsome - as one would expect.

What to choose from the main menu?

You have lobster risotto, Thai seafood stew, and sesame-seared sea bass. If you want to eat meat, select from rack of lamb, grilled steaks and more. Vegetarians don’t fret! You can also enjoy food at Aqua as they have a number of vegetarian options on their menu such as plank-roasted vegetables.

No resource has greater value than music when it comes to establishing the desired mood for a particular restaurant setting. It looks like El Gaucho is pretty much aware of the fact.  Live piano music is a treat from 5 pm nightly.   

Image courtesy: elgaucho.com