Don’t miss Aqua Fine Dining in Plymouth.
By Mary Meldrum
Photos provided by Aqua
Aqua opened in June 2014 after owner Victor Nikollbibaj received a liquor license. Prior to that he ran a Greek diner restaurant at the location. Aqua has been going strong for the last three years, serving lunch and dinner daily.
The ambiance is upscale with beautifully modern decor, but at the same time it is undeniably comfortable. The atmosphere when you walk in is top notch with tablecloths and a friendly staff. The menus come on iPads, and the selection of specialty cocktails and unique sushi is out of this world. The electronic menu is easy to use, but maymake you order more when you can see a photo of each beautifully presented colorful item.
Aqua features sophisticated dining as well as carry-out. The dining area is a beautiful purple hue with modern appointments, and an outdoor patio area is open for seating when weather allows.
Nikollbibaj came up with the name because of Michigan’s lakes. “We are in the middle of the lakes in Michigan,” he says, “and we really have a lot of seafood with an Asian twist. We have sushi and sashimi. We are big on fish. Everything is wild caught and fresh.”
All the food is very fresh with no freezers or microwaves. Nikollbibaj describes his menu items as “edible art that really tastes good.”
“We are very careful. We fly seafood in every day. If I would not eat it myself, I will not serve it to my customers,” he adds. “I was raised eating all fresh foods. We had no freezer, and we grew and raised our own food, so I am the hardest customer to please.”
People are beginning to understand the food industry better and are paying more attention to what they put in their bodies. Aqua welcomes this scrutiny and thrives on patrons in search of high-quality food.
The meat at Aqua is all free-range. All its food is non-GMO (genetically modified). Nikollbibaj gets whatever can be obtained in season from local farmers.
“We butcher our own meat and make everything from scratch. We design our own recipes and menus. We make new dishes all the time. I have to really like it for it to make it to the dining room,” he says.
Aqua has two happy hours in the bar area: from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close. During happy hours, a glass of wine is $6, draft beer is $4, cocktails are $5 and bar bites range from $5-$10. You will find 14 taps of craft draft beer.
Aqua is open seven days a week (except for major holidays), and Wednesdays are half-off sushi. As you might expect, Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest. Regardless of what night you come to dine, Nikollbibaj recommends making a reservation.
Once people arrive, they can sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail until their table is ready.
Aqua has seating for 135, and despite its downtown location in Plymouth, access and parking is not a problem because it has its own parking lot for patrons.
The menu has good depth of superb offerings. This is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, so once you complete your main course, finish off your evening with something from the dessert menu, like creme brulee with some French press coffee.
Aqua Fine Dining
413 N. Main St., Plymouth
Reservations at (734) 335-7474