Aqua (Wolfsburg, Germany)

The Place

Restaurant Aqua is one of Germany’s best restaurants, located on a unique location in the heart of Volkswagen’s Autostadt, just outside Wolfsburg. The restaurant is awarded with 3 Michelin stars and a 19/20 score on Gault&Millau in Germany.

Wolfsburg is located in Northern Germany and not far away from Hannover and only a one-hour train ride from Berlin. Autostadt is a theme and experiential park adjacent to the Volkswagen factory with a primary focus on cars. It is property of the Volkswagen group and features a museum, numerous pavilions from the Volkswagen car brands, and several other attractions. In the middle of the park one will find the Ritz-Carlton hotel and the famous restaurant Aqua. The Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg is a unique hotel and one of the flagship properties of the Ritz-Carlton hotel group. Make sure to combine your visit to Aqua with a stay in the hotel to get the full experience!


Embracing the industrial buildings from the theme park, The Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg  is designed as a circular building with lots of glass and natural stone. The backside of the hotel is situated right next to the original Volkswagen port basin. From many of the rooms, the restaurants, the spa, and last but not least, the incredible outdoor floating pool, guests have a stunning view of the four majestic chimneys of the original 1930’s Volkswagen Kraftwerk Power Station. Swimming in the extra-large floating pool on a cold day, with the view on the working chimneys, is simply magical. Oh and do not worry, this pool is always heated to 30°.

Restaurant Aqua is situated on the ground floor of the hotel. The restaurant’s interior was renovated some years ago and today it is contemporary, featuring minimalistic details that often refer to ‘Aqua’ (water). Several landscape photographs set the atmosphere and the modern, sleek interior forms the perfect setting for Executive Chef Sven Elverfeld’s avant-garde cuisine. The details from the chef his plates are mirrored in the interior, creating a dining experience that tickles all senses.

The Chef

Executive Chef Sven Elverfeld is one of Germany’s most famous chefs. Sven gained experience in several German restaurants, before moving to the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai, where he worked for two years. He started cooking at Aqua at the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg in the golden year 2000, and moved the restaurant to the world’s culinary top in no time.

Sven Elverfeld’s cuisine is filled with contrasts and surprises. The brilliant chef constantly deconstructs, reinvents and improves his cuisine, which is built with mainly European influences. Aqua’s cuisine is also influenced by both Sven’s childhood and his travels and different jobs abroad in countries such as Japan, United Arab Emirates, Canada and Greece. His inventive, yet relaxed and curious approach to cooking, results in a dinner experience that is a must for all food lovers.

The Food

Snacks

Caramelized Kalamata olive
Green olive, caper & smoked almond

Vitello Tonnato “Tatar”


Our burger – roasted beef cheeks & mountain cheese

Gillardeau oyster, artichoke & argan oil

Menu

We tried a combination of 2 different menu’s at Aqua:

Northern German sandwich “Stulle” – raw beef & Büsum shrimps, Remoulade, lemon & garden cress

Char from Tainach
Pine nut velouté, broccoli, orpine & tomato pickels

River pike perch, lemon sour cream, shallot pickles, guacamole & pomegranate

Scallop – roasted with juniper berries
Caviar “Kalix Löjrom”, fried scrambled egg, beans, cucumber, dill & gin fumet

Young celery root & poached egg yolk, White truffle “Magnatum Pico”

Veal tongue “Berlin”, Sliced goose liver, apple, braised Cipolla onion & potato

Roasted pork chin & warm marinated langoustine, Fermented carrots, crustacean mayonnaise, coriander & ginger

Saddle of lamb from Muritz – cooked in hay, Topinambur, ricotta, herbs & hazelnuts

Pigeon breast „Jean Claude Miéral“, Aubergine, avocado, soya, Pak Choi, roasted garlic & bergamot

Cheese selection from our trolley

Champagne cream sorbet „Edition Ruinart Rosé“

Cherry and cherry wood, Matcha and coconut


Vanilla, kefir & white chocolate

Sweet final

Elderberry, peanut & champagne

Muscat pumpkin, cranberries, yoghurt & pumpkin seed oil

Donut with sour cream, Campari-Orange & black sesame

Pralines

The Team

The team at Aqua could easily be considered as one of the best in Germany. Everyone from Restaurant Manager Jimmy Ledemazel’s team makes sure every guest is treated like a royal and has a quality experience. Sommelier Marcel Runge worked in some top restaurants in Germany and his experience and passion is translated into excellent wine pairings. You will definitely discover a great Riesling or another top German wine when you opt for his wine pairing arrangement!

The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience

Aqua is a dining experience that combines German punctuality, excellent products and outstanding finesse. Executive Chef Sven Elverfeld surprises with beautiful, highly detailed dishes, bursting with flavour. These delights are served in a remarkable dining environment by a highly skilled team, making Aqua an obligatory reservation in Germany!


Belgian Taste Buds:

  • Food Buds 9/10
  • Wine Pairing Buds 9/10
  • Price/Quality Buds 8.5/10
  • Service Buds 8.5/10
  • Experience Buds 9/10


The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg
Aqua
Stadtbrücke
38440 Wolfsburg
Germany
Phone: +49 53 61 60 60 56
www.restaurant-aqua.de

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