Restaurant Aqua, Ritz Carlton Wolfsburg
Head chef: Sven Elverfeld
Parkstraße 1, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany
+49 5361 606056
Back to Aqua after 3 years (2015 visit is here).
Aqua was opened in 2000 with Sven Elverfeld on its helm. Already after a year and half the restaurant got its first Michelin star. The second one arrived in 2006 and in 2008 reached Sven and his team the third star level and with this the highest possible achievement in the Michelin guide. Aqua has also 19.5 points of 20 (were 20 ever reached by anybody?) in Gault & Millau and is between 100 world’s best restaurants. What can you expect from such a highly rated restaurant? Perfection and a wide range of flavours! And that’s exactly what you get.
Sven has started his career as a pastry chef and developed into a head chef later through his career. The precision needed in the pastry is still visible in his creations. Flavour wise he knows no limits. He sources his produce locally, but his cooking is strongly influenced by the flavours of foreign lands where he has been working before returning to Germany and opening Aqua – these travels and experiences in foreign lands made of Sven what he is today: a beautiful human being with a humble nature and great openness and sensitivity for diversity our world offers. He embraces it in such a beautiful way and expresses it through his dishes! His dishes contain quite some exotic flavours and techniques yet are always beautifully paired with the local traditions giving to his dishes also a taste of terroir and the local culture. He likes to be playful, but he doesn’t get lost in his playfulness – the flavours and forms he creates have a distinct structure and a strong base which make them just perfect. But his care for perfection goes further: he never misses a service! If he needs to go away, Aqua is closed.
If you haven’t been in Wolfsburg yet, it’s time to go and see what perfection at Aqua looks like. Aqua is located in the Autostadt (visit the fantastic car museum!) in the wonderful Ritz Carlton hotel (beautiful place to relax) and just five minutes walk from fascinating science center Phaeno (exciting place for children and grown-ups) architectonically created by the late Zaha Hadid. So if you ever thought Wolfsburg is not worth your visit, change your mind! You will not regret it!
The wine pairings we had with the dishes above: