Harden's survey result
“For a pre-Hamilton meal”, this D&D London operation has proved “a welcome addition to Victoria eating choices”: “perfect for a better-than-quick, better-than-casual, meal”. It’s not an area over-blessed with options, though, and there is an element of ‘in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king’. The cuisine – no longer with Nordic influences since Helena Puolakka left in early-2019, but now, under Bjoern Wassmuth, in the ‘Grand European Café’ mould – is “variable, if nothing to complain about”. And the modern setting – to fans “the most characterful option in the new Nova development canyons” – can feel “like eating in an airport”.
Neither D&D London nor the Nova development are known for their unswerving commitment to interesting cuisine, which makes Helena Puolakka’s “unusual”, “Scandi-French fusion” venture – “arguably the best new eatery in all these concrete Victoria canyons” – all the more unexpected; and “while it’s a bit of a Curate’s Egg, it’s got a lot going for it” too. On the downside, the design is “a bit soulless”, “service can be slow” and “prices are just a bit higher than they should be”. But on the bright side, the “roomy” space is “light and airy”, and “there’s always something interesting on the menu to try”.
“A genuinely Nordic addition to Victoria’s new concrete canyons!” – D&D London have ‘gone for it’, with Helena Puolakka’s “French/Scandinavian hybrid cuisine” at this Nova-development newcomer, comprising a ground floor café, and more “comfortable” (and business friendly) upstairs space (“with views of the surrounding glass and steel buildings”). On the downside, despite “lovely” design the very urban milieu can seem “sterile” and – given some “bland” dishes – the overall effect can seem “just a bit meh”. Most reports though are of “interesting” cooking, and undoubtedly this is “a great plus in what has hitherto been a bit of a desert”.
Aster Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Not sure if this was part of a hotel but it sure seemed like it! Staff were lovely. Food a bit strange and cocktails just average. But a calm place to eat if you find yourself stuck in the neighbourhood of Victoria Station"
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
150 Victoria St, London, SW1E 5LB
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||11 am‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|