Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Victoria
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Victoria restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 8 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.
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1. M Restaurant Victoria Street, Zig Zag Building Steaks & grills restaurant in Victoria Victoria St - SW1
With their “clubby”, “dark” decor, Martin Williams’s Vegas-esque steakhouses can “feel like they’re trying too hard to be cool”. For more reporters, though, they are “an expensive but guilty pleasure” with “perfectly executed steak”. Change may be afoot, because, as of September 2018, Williams is no-longer the ‘ex-Gaucho CEO’, but has returned back to that post to turn around the chain he headed for many years. Where this will leave this project remains to be seen. Top Tip: “excellent deal with free-flowing Prosecco”.
2. A Wong Chinese restaurant in Victoria 70 Wilton Rd - SW1
“It’s hard to get a table, but persevere, you’re in for some of the best Chinese cooking in town” at Andrew Wong’s Pimlico HQ, which “doesn’t look very distinguished, but once the food starts coming, you know you’re somewhere special”. “Incredible dim sum offers lots of choice and unusual combinations” and – like the “amazing” evening tasting menu – delivers “a taste explosion with every dish”. And while the “mind-blowing” cuisine seems “different and contemporary, it still feels authentic in terms of its flavours”. “Upstairs feels a bit canteen-like” (and is “noisy and clattery”) – you can also eat “in the tucked-away little bar downstairs”. As of September 2018, he has also opened a new spin-off City outlet within the Bloomberg HQ (see Kym’s).
3. Tozi Italian restaurant in Victoria 8 Gillingham St - SW1
“A must-try if you like Italian” – this “cheerful but noisy” specialist in Venetian cicchetti (small plates) attached to a hotel near Victoria station serves up “a lively dining experience with interesting and original dishes”.
4. Aster Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Victoria 150 Victoria St - SW1E
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”.
5. Shake Shack Burgers, etc restaurant in Victoria Nova, 172 Victoria St - SW1W
NYC star-restaurateur Danny Meyer’s global operation was founded as a hot-dog cart in a New York park in 2001 and has found success in London, as elsewhere. “Admittedly the burgers are pretty good”, but ratings support those who feel “they are not that amazing versus others” and likewise that “there’s nothing in the decor to make you want to hang around”. Recent openings include Cannon Street and a new outlet is scheduled at Boxpark Wembley in late 2018.
6. Sticks'n'Sushi Japanese restaurant in Victoria 3 Sir Simon Milton Sq, Victoria St - SW1E
“Scandinavian sushi… sounds odd, but it works!” This Danish chain has proved a perhaps-unlikely hit, praised as “a concept that pays off” with enjoyably “fresh” and “eclectic” food and a “lively” style. “It has gotten much more expensive”, however, in recent times, and ratings have dipped accordingly. At the start of October 2018 they opened their biggest site yet on Chelsea’s King’s Road.
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