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Bronze Award

Thanks to its superb location, being in such close proximity to top-billing show venues, Aster is a go to pre- or post- theatre dining option in Victoria for mid-priced dishes. The second level of the space is where the main restaurant is housed. The rust-coloured plush furnishings, bleached marbled walls, and dimly-lit hanging bulbs create a retro lounge vibe, with an industrial twist.

The bar area is elegant and beautiful, and the selection of cocktails is genuinely exciting – promising a themed journey through London and beyond. The Ziggy Stardust (Brixton) cocktail was a wintry beverage of pear vodka and cinnamon, a lip-smacking combination. The non-alcoholic Oslo Tour featured well-measured tartness and sweetness courtesy of elderflower and fresh berries infused in Seedlip grove 42.

The starter of yellow fin tuna was moreish, the creamy, marinated cold fish married nicely with the avocado and crunchy onions. Confit duck and duck liver terrine, served with a fresh brioche and lively pear chutney was simply plated, but faultless. Colchester rock oysters were fresh, and presented nicely, although nothing out of the ordinary.

28-day dry aged beef fillet was definitely the highlight of the meal, cooked to perfection and served with green beans, béarnaise, and the ever agreeable triple-cooked chips. The grilled octopus felt more like a starter than a main, but was tasty, if a bit over salted, served with a rather dry salad of chickpeas, olives, and confit tomatoes.

The service was impeccable, the waiter was attentive and the sommelier was equally so, making the rounds offering wines to pair with the dishes – Kekfrancos, a refreshing Hungarian import, went well with the fish. Before dessert we were treated to a Greek Muscat, which was a nice way to introduce sugar to the palate.

We would definitely come back for the desserts which were creatively plated up. The Valrhona chocolate fondant was delightfully oozy and balanced, via a tangy passion fruit pate, while the salted caramel ganache stole the show with butterfly flowers, lime beetroot jelly, and a refreshing lemon sorbet - a riot of playful textures and artful splashes of colour.


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Brasserie, British
Fun, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Aster is featured in

Best restaurants for breakfast in London Best Restaurants in Victoria Best restaurants in Westminster StreetSmart Restaurants

This venue also offers

Private Group Dining
Christmas at Aster
Christmas Parties

Special offers from Aster

Saturday Brunch: 2/3 courses £25/30 with unlimited bubbles £19

From: 24 September, 2019
To: 30 June, 2020
Max: 6
Join us for our Saturday Brunch: 2/3 courses for £25/30 with unlimited bubbles £19.
Availability: Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM

Pre/Post Theatre: 2/3 courses for £25/£30

From: 24 September, 2019
To: 30 June, 2020
Max: 6
Enjoy our Pre/Post Theatre menu: 2/3 courses for £25/£30
Availability: Mon-Sat 5:00PM-10:45PM

Sunday Aster Feast: £35 with unlimited Bloody Marys for £15

From: 24 September, 2019
To: 29 February, 2020
Max: 6
Join us every Sunday from midday for Aster Feast with unlimited Bloody Marys
Availability: Sun 12:00PM-3:45PM

Evening Standard | 2 courses and a glass of wine for £20

From: 27 December, 2019
To: 9 February, 2020
Max: 6
Dine on our Evening Standard menu and enjoy two courses for £20 including a glass of wine in the cafe.
Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-10:45PM,Sat 5:00PM-10:45PM

Location for Aster

150 Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5LB

020 3875 5555


Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:45-22:45
Tue 07:45-22:45
Wed 07:45-22:45
Thu 07:45-22:45
Fri 07:45-22:45
Sat 11:00-22:45
Sun 12:00-16:00

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Ms/Mrs. Johanna E

Aster* (asterisk for excellent)
22 February 2017  
Aster* is welcomed addition to the London restaurant scene. Dishes cooked to perfection served by attentive staff in an elegant and vibrant setting. I enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the Aster Cafe which started with inhaling their amazing bread, served warm. Next I choose a tasty kale and broccoli salad - although I was worried it might be too healthy (= boring), but it was both virtuous and delicious. I then enjoyed some excellent Skrei cod with brown shrimp - we are talking authentic Nordic ingredients right here in London. As we were four ladies we decided to share two desserts and made a great choice by taking the Runeberg cake and the Rhubard Clafoutis - I can't pronounce it, but I can certainly eat it. I am keen to try the Aster Restaurant and the Deli too. Many reasons to return. * = excellent
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