705 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.949672 -75.152563
Sun 12-9pm eff. 3/6
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
blah – Bland food, mediocre service. I went here with a friend; we were both really hungry but the food was so flavorless we had to ask for three servings of hot sauce to eat anything... and still couldn't finish our orders because they were so tasteless.
Food also took a long time to come, for no apparent reason (restaurant was not very busy, nor was it a peak time).
All of this would be OK, I suppose, but the dishes are pretty expensive to be as banal as they are. If I am going to pay more than $10 for a meal, it had better be good!
A Delight – I was looking for a place to eat last night and happened upon Aqua. I have vaguely remembered reading something about this place in the Philadelphia Inquirer so I went it.
The decor is very soothing with bright orange pendant lights with a soothing aqua fountain. It was pratically empty but it was also around 6:30 pm.
The server was friendly and efficient. He told me that it was probably going to be a slow night because of the beautiful weather. My pad thai came so quickly I was surprised. It was delicious. The ingredients were extremely fresh, the tofu was golden, the scallions ample and the shrimp were good. Although I have a favorite Thai restaurant in University City, this will become a favorite spot for me in Center City.
Best value in the City – In my opinion Aqua is among the best values in the city. Its a byob so you save money there and every dish is reasonably price. All of the food is well executed. I have been there 3 times and so far have not seen a bad dish served to anyone I've dined with.
Far better than Jones across the street.
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