Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Victoria
Hardens guides have spent 29 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.
Featured Victoria Restaurants
1. M Restaurant Victoria Street, Zig Zag Building Steaks & grills restaurant in Victoria Victoria St - SW1
Martin Williams’s glossily-glam steakhouses have a touch of Vegas-glitz to their ritzy design, and particularly win nominations as impressive venues for business, boosted by the range of top-quality meat (the highest grades of USDA, Wagyu and Kobe beef) and an extensive wine selection. Since the top man returned to rescue Gaucho as CEO, however, some reporters feel “it’s lost its way since the wonderful early days”.
2. 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.
3. Pizza Pilgrims Pizza restaurant in Victoria 32-34 Buckingham Palace Road - SW1W
“So delicious and affordable every time!” – the Elliot brothers’ “speedy and cheerful” small chain put in a stellar performance this year as London’s top pizza multiple, pipping rival Homeslice by tiny decimals. “You can see the dough being made on entering: everything is very fresh, and you get crisp, thin pizzas with quality toppings”.
4. 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”.
5. 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…”
6. 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”.
7. Aster Restaurant British, Modern 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”.
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