Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Victoria
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Victoria restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 9 restaurants in Victoria and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Victoria restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Victoria Restaurants
1. A Wong Chinese restaurant in Victoria 70 Wilton Rd - SW1
“He’s won my heart, and my taste buds…” – Andrew Wong’s Pimlico venture “a short walk from Victoria Station” is the survey’s No. 1 Chinese nowadays due to its “absolutely amazing”, “elevated cuisine, beautifully plated and full of flavour”. At lunch time, the attraction is “dim sum as you’ve never tasted it before” – “mouthwatering and so delicate”, with special mention to the “incredible soup dumplings” – while at night there’s “a brilliant tasting menu, taking you on a whistle-stop tour of Chinese culinary delights”. “Happy” and “super-efficient” staff also rate special mention. “Plush the decor is not” – in fact the ground floor can seem “an oddly canteen-ish environment” – but, by contrast, the basement bar “has a beautiful ‘secret club’ feel to it”. See also Kym’s.
2. Flank BBQ restaurant in Victoria Market Halls, 191 Victoria Street - SW1E
Thomas Griffiths’s stall in Spitalfields Market receives very consistently high ratings from reporters (and he now also has a unit in Market Halls Victoria too). The street-food style fare – brisket sandwich, dumplings, fried-chicken sandwich – belie a sophisticated and sustainable ‘modern British, nose-to-tail cooking’ approach.
3. Tozi Italian restaurant in Victoria 8 Gillingham St - SW1
“Delicious food just keeps coming” at this rather “unique” Venetian cicchetti (small-plates) outfit, attached to a hotel near Victoria station, whose “fun” style has helped it acquire a major following. There’s “charming service from a close-knit Italian team” who treat children with “welcoming joy”.
4. Sticks'n'Sushi Japanese restaurant in Victoria 3 Sir Simon Milton Sq, Victoria St - SW1E
“Not Japanese nor pretending to be” – this Danish fusion-chain offers a suspicious-sounding-but-successful mix of “fancy sushi” with “plenty of other stuff on skewers” (i.e. yakitori ‘sticks’). “Some of the non-traditional additions don’t quite work, but those that do are lovely”; and as a group, “where so many others fail, it delivers well on consistency”. Its “big and spacious”, Scandi-style branches create a “vibrant and exciting” environment too, “but, oh my word, the prices…”
5. Shake Shack Burgers, etc restaurant in Victoria Nova, 172 Victoria St - SW1W
In less than 20 years, Danny Meyer has transformed his New York City hot-dog cart into a global fast-food brand giant with eight outlets in London – including a Covent Garden flagship that was revamped earlier this year. Ratings remain remarkably solid for “a chain that does what it’s supposed to do”.
6. Aster Restaurant French restaurant in Victoria 150 Victoria St - SW1E
“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”.
7. The Dragon Inn Club Chinese restaurant in Victoria 16-18 Upper Tachbrook Street - SW1V
Adding to the ever-increasing restaurant scene in Victoria (once a dining desert) is a new Chinese venture offering a modern take on Sichuan food and Far East-influenced cocktails.
8. G'rilla Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Victoria 170 Victoria Street - SW1V
Grilled cheese kiosk outside Victoria's new Nova development with an imaginative range of fillings for its San Franciscan sourdough sandwiches, including Korean BBQ pork and lobster and sweetcorn.
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