To really be a success in the restaurant industry you must truly have a passion for all that you do. Everything from the food you cook through to the service you provide must be drenched with love for the job that you’re doing.
For us at Aqua that passion is never hard to come by. We find it in so many different things every single day and we have decided to share some of the many things that make serving the best Lebanese cuisine to each and every one of you such a joy for us.
All of us at Aqua simply adore meeting the many different people who walk through our doors. We believe that everybody has a story to share and we take great delight in forming a connection with every customer that we serve. Whether it simply be through the food that we provide or through personal bonds that will be cherished long after the meal is over, meeting new people is the absolute highlight of the job and we can’t thank you enough for making this possible.
We Love Lebanese Food
As you may have gathered from this website or from visiting us in person, our Lebanese heritage is something that we take great pride in. We consider it a true privilege to be in a position where we can promote such wonderful dishes to a wider audience who may not have been able to sample them before. Lebanese food is a true passion for us and we pour every ounce of effort into ensuring that the food we serve does justice to the grand traditions of the country. The smiles on the faces of our customers tell us we are doing a good job and make all of the work extremely worthwhile.
We consider ourselves something of a family at Aqua Food and Mood, all united by the ideal of providing great food and excellent service to our customers. This would simply not be possible without a great team to do the job and we take great delight in operating as a well-oiled machine. Respect and friendship are at the core of our working environment and we truly hope that this comes across to our customers and helps to make the atmosphere at our restaurants all the more enjoyable.
Every Day is Different
There is simply no settling into a routine in the restaurant business. Every single day brings with it new challenges and new experiences that help to shape us as individuals. At the end of the day, you never quite know what’s going to happen and much of that is down to the many wonderful personalities that we have been fortunate enough to encounter through the years.
The Rewards Are Instant
Any chef, cook or restaurant worker will tell you that there are few better experiences than that of knowing that you have had an effect on another person’s life through your food, if only for a moment. We live to satisfy our customers and we take great pride and pleasure in the wonderful feedback that we receive, be it through testimonials or simply from the smile on the face of a satisfied diner.
Here at Aqua Food and Mood we aim to bring every aspect of Lebanese culture to our customers and we take special pride in the various Lebanese wines that we have on our drinks menu.
Of particular importance when it comes to Lebanese viticulture is the Chateau Musar, who are the makers of the Musar Jeune Rose wine that is amongst the most popular in our restaurants. Founded in 1930 when Gaston Hochar planted his first vineyards following his return from Bordeaux, the wines produced by the winery have been heavily influenced by the practices of that region ever since.
In 1959, Serge Hochar became the lead winemaker at the Chateau while still undertaking his studies in winemaking at Bordeaux’s University of Oenology. He brought the influences of great names in the winemaking world to Lebanon, with the teachings of Jean Riberau and Emile Peynaud having a particular influence on the drinks that he would create.
Serge would eventually hone his red wines to the point where they began achieving international acclaim. The winery’s 1967 vintage was hailed as the “Find of the Fair” at the Bristol Wine Fair in 1979 and Serge was also honoured by being named Decanter magazine’s inaugural ‘Man of the Year’ for his dedication to his craft during the Lebanese Civil War.
He has since received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the German magazine Der FeinSchmeker and his sons and extended family currently play a large part in the continued operations of the winery and its expansion into other territories.
The Musar Jeune Rose
The winery is known for creating some of the best Lebanese wines available and for us the pick of the bunch is the Musar Jeune Rose, which makes an excellent accompaniment to the majority of the dishes served at Aqua Food and Mood.
Grown in the Bekaa Valley region, the grapes used in the creation of this wine are blended to perfection so that they create a beautifully smooth drink. Aromas of raspberries, red apple and blackcurrants will enchant the drinker and it works wonderfully with rich meats and other foods that are complemented by a crisp and fruity wine.
We heartily recommend that any connoisseurs that happen to visit one of our restaurants give it a try. You will certainly not be disappointed and we hope that your experience will encourage you to try some of the other wonderful Lebanese wines that we have on our drinks menu.