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Aqua, Hastings

Hastings Main Road
Hastings , Christ Church
Tel: 246 420 2995's insider take:

If Ian Schraeger had designed a beach house, it would likely resemble this high-gloss two-year-old restaurant in Hastings. This seaside open-air eatery is awash in glass and brushed aluminum with distressed wooden floors and low-slung couches in limpid shades of turquoise (a perfect match to the waters beyond). Chef Michael Hinds earned his stripes working at Sandy Lane and at Miami's Nobu before taking to Aqua's stoves. The pair's experience shows: Seared yellowfin tuna tataki with shishimi ponzu, microgreens and wakame, proves a savory prologue to a pave of grilled dorado with spicy puy lentils and arugula salad. The downstairs bar, populated by the beautiful and tanned, is a choice niche for glamorous debauchery. Aqua's Cuban martini is an equally irresistible affair involving champagne, mint, sugar, vodka, and fresh lime.

Open Mondays through Fridays noon to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 10:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

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