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
“When you want to impress your companions” many reporters do recommend these “swanky and shiny”, Vegas-style operations in the City and Victoria (and very recently opened in Twickenham, too), applauding the “superb” steaks, and “innovative and original wine list”. To their critics however, it’s “massively a case of style over substance”, with “food that’s designed to sound fancy and exotic” but which seems “mediocre at the inflated prices”: “I went on a deal, which brought the cost for the albeit good meal down from outrageous to merely expensive”.
2. A Wong Chinese restaurant in Victoria 70 Wilton Rd - SW1
“Andrew Wong is a magician!” – and his “new-school Chinese” in Pimlico provides not only some of “the most exhilarating food in London”, but also, contrary to cultural stereotypes, the service here is “exceptionally graceful and helpful”. The setting is “lively” (if “crowded”) too, and in the evening, there’s also the option of a small Chef’s Table, or eating in the “decadent” ‘Forbidden City’ basement bar. There’s a wide range of eating options too, from “incredibly inventive dim sum”, to a “fabulous 10-course tasting menu”.
3. Aster Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Victoria 150 Victoria St - SW1E
“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”.
4. Tozi Italian restaurant in Victoria 8 Gillingham St - SW1
This “big, bustling, Italian small-plates place” attached to a hotel “works surprisingly well” and is a “great standby given the dearth of quality dining spots near Victoria”. The Venetian-inspired dishes are “robustly flavoured”, and staff create a “friendly atmosphere”.
5. Sticks'n'Sushi Japanese restaurant in Victoria 3 Sir Simon Milton Sq, Victoria St - SW1E
“They come from Denmark (of all places!)” and these large Scandi-Asian-fusion venues serve a “winning combination” of “delicious sushi, beautifully tender sticks of meat, and enjoyable cocktails” to create an “innovative” and “really fun” concept. Even those who say it’s “a bit of a gimmick” and “doesn’t justify the price tag” concede the food’s “quite good”.
6. Shake Shack Burgers, etc restaurant in Victoria Nova, 172 Victoria St - SW1W
“Top burgers for texture and taste” (“with potato rolls flown specially in from the US!”) win numerous fans for Danny Meyer’s “no fuss no fancy” burger operations. Even supporters can find them “bloody pricey” however, and critics gripe about “anaemic” portions, and “long waits”.
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