Aster Café

4.2
177 reviews
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£25 and under
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European
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  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Business Meals

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About

Aster Café offers Nordic classics in the heart of Victoria. Open all day long and offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can enjoy a selection of Smorgasbord dishes, traditional Nordic meatballs, healthy salads and much more. Celebrate weekends with brunch and unlimited bubbles.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Contemporary French, Nordic
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast:
Monday-Friday: 7am-11am

Lunch & Dinner
Monday-Friday: 11.30am-22.45pm
Saturday: 5pm-22.45pm

Brunch:
Saturday: 11am-3.30pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

(no a la carte and no set menus/offers are available during this time)


Bar: Last orders: Mon-Sat 11.30pm
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Phone number
020 3875 5555
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Helena Puolakka
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Cross Street
Nova, Victoria
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Public Transit
Nearest station is Victoria
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Special Events & Promotions
Weekend DJ
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 177 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great pleasure to come back to Aster again! Lunch set menu doesn’t disappoint, cold and warm dishes - sea bream was a hit. Service friendly and quick, that’s what you need if you are entertaining a client.

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JB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Second time I have been to Aster, this time was not a good as the first visit.
The service was patchy as was the food which didn't arrive for all the guests at the same time. I wonder what it would be like if it was busy ?

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LW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Usually i love it here but the Vegan menu wasnt overly inspiring. still a lovely spot!

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DT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday this Saturday.

It was a special afternoon accompanied by my other half and some bubbles.

The service was smooth, efficient and food was great!

They brought a cake with a candle in the end of the meal. It was a very nice touch.

What an amazing way to celebrate my birthday!

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LF
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time in the beautiful hidden gem in Victoria.

I don't usually don't make any reviews but as often people like to complaint and criticize, in my opinion, an amazing restaurant deserves a good review and compliments.

Came with my sister for Brunch before our train to Gatwick and what a nice way to start our holidays!

The service is great, Mariana (the terrace waitress) was spot on and we were very well received by the receptionist and a very stylist blond manager.

Food wise nothing to address. We had the eggs benedict and I continued with the chicken with cole slaw. Very refreshing and summery. My sister had the fish cake and she told me that it was very good.

We will definitely be back again after our holiday so we will be sure that we will be able to finish our holidays the way we started.

Thank you Aster!

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J
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening for a birthday celebration, excellent service and great food, will be back!

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y
London
326 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

A visit at 4 oclock surely means tea time in the UK but clearly not at Aster. as we looked at the menu we rapidly heard that the lovely cakes that we had seen were off limits and there was only a cake of the day. This turned out to be a rather sad cold apple tart. To add insult to injury the tables allaround us were moved for the last 15 minutes of our meeting. The bottled water wsa on the table and opened before i could say tap water! What a shame after such a great visit last week.

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y
London
326 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal on the special deal. As they were a bit slow having just changed the menu we were given a free starter which was good. Excellent service from very suave young men. Smorgasbord menu on the offer was excellent value

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C
London
69 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Everything was incredibly salty - even when it didn’t need to be - like the hummus. The Gavi was excellent.

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R
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food at the Cafè
Service was great
Will definitely be back

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GP
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant! We’ve tried there first time as friends told us about the nordic restaurant in Victoria. It was such a great to see smorgasbord being served. Smoked tomato soup was delishous. good solid choice of wines and cocktails. I would recommend to anyone who is around to try, for sure it doesn't dissapoint. Service is very pleasant, quick and our wairtess was very very lovely explanining all dishes to us. Will be back next time when in London.

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TZ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Starters and mains are really good but the desserts were a little lack luster. The service was very friendly but a little slow and forgetful. Had to ask a few times for the bill and one of the side dishes came out halfway through our meal. Will try again because maybe the service issue was just bad luck.

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DJ
London
57 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Deeply average experience. We had the Smorgasbord deal of 3 cold plates and one "warm" for £21. Disconcertingly the prawns felt like they were on the warm side when served, the potato and mushroom hash was so salty that had we not already waited 35 minutes for this "warm" plate I would have been tempted to send it back. The pork belly slices on rye bread and smoked salmon were OK. The fish cake was similar - rather too heavy on potato taste and light on the fish taste.

The good news was that the wine was relatively reasonably priced in carafe form, the service was a little too enthusiastic about clearing the table once it was clear we were not ordering more food or wine ( although actually, had we been left alone a bit more we might have ordered more wine but my glass was whisked away).

Finally, they really have crammed the tables in and with the changes in floor levels not only were we uncomfortably close to our neighbours conversation but also their laps! Shame - it promised so much but failed to deliver. Still, in this area it will do well as there is little effective competition. 12.5% service charge.I will walk a bit further south into Pimlico where quality and price are better.

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H
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely place - change the menu often - good food and drinks selection

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor and atmosphere. Light menu, good wines. Great Scandi vibe.

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OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue and food for a catch up with friend close to Victoria Station

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CP
London
51 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Aster is a lovely restaurant and has a very modern vibe. We went on a Saturday lunchtime and it was packed with large groups celebrating and for some of the time a live DJ. That wasn't all that suitable for our small group, however, we still enjoyed ourselves. The table we had was rather squashed in with hardly any room between our table and the bar stools. Service was OK but a little chaotic. I would go back but if I wanted a venue for a large group celebration.

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PL
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor and impeccable service. Food was great, I could highly recommend to try set menu

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TS
London
28 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and lovely Nordic food. Would definitely go back and would recommend. Good find!

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h
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service excellent, food of high standard, pleasant decor, good and reasonably priced wine list, good value overall

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RN
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food and service. Small size while cozy makes it difficult to move around.

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V
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent feel and design of the place, with delicious food. We came for an early breakfast before work at 7am. The staff is very attentive and friendly. They also make exceptional almond cappuccino! Overall great place highly recommend.

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AR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Aster! Highly recommend as a classy, yet boozy brunch event!

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AB
London
40 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice meal overall. Great setting and extremely comfy. However, the service was patchy - lovely hostess but rather unhappy and fraught server... then very friendly new server halfway through our meal. The building is fantastic and the decor is of a very high standard.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had brunch on Easter day and really enjoyed the place. Great service and very good food.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here, right by Victoria station so a good meeting place. Staff couldn’t be more friendly and helpful. Food was delicious. Loved the open airy space. DJ is a great touch but not too loud to be obtrusive. Fairly pricy was £40 a head but worth it for a treat

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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JP
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Quick, efficient and spot on. Food is good too. Highly recommended.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I wasn't sure about booking a Scandinavian restaurant but the food was all delicious, and very light and healthy. I'll definitely be back. It's right opposite Victoria Station too. Very convenient.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Lively on Saturday. It was second time here and it's 3 course plus unlimited bubbles is fantastic value. Staff is very good and polite and great ambiance. Definitely a good all around afternoon in Victoria.

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J
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A curious experience. I’d had a very good breakfast here previously and was looking forward to our dinner. There was nobody to greet me when I arrived but my friends were already seated, so I sat down. After about 5 minutes of no service, I went to find someone to take my coat and get a drink. The service seemed to come in waves. There was either nobody or four waiters all round the table. They were all very friendly but not terribly efficient. Food was OK, nothing remarkable, although it looked interesting on the menu, it didn’t really deliver. It was fine, but only fine. The worst thing was the music. Loud, tedious, generic noise completely drowning out any reasonable conversation. We had to shout to be heard. I have absolutely no idea why this is considered necessary in a busy restaurant where people have clearly gathered to talk to one another. It’s a shame because Aster could be a nice place to eat, within walking distance of my flat, but I won’t go back until they moderate the noise.

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e
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I booked this for brunch with couple of people visiting. I made sure on the brunch menu that there was something for everyone to eat. However when we got there, there was only the limited set brunch menu option. Which was not mentioned anywhere on their website, nor Opentable, therefore I have given this place 3 stars due to their information not being up-to-date.

However the food was quite good, and they filled up the prosecco glass well with the bottomless option. The service was very good as well.

PS!I actually changed it to 4 stars as the feelings of disappointment are starting to get vague...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time tried and it was a hit! Very quick friendly service and good bartender, amazing nordic influence food . Busy and vibrant cafe what gives a great vibe. Totally recommend,

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GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Business lunch - Food underwhelming and somewhat of a lack of appetising selections on the menu. Caesar salad really lacklustre. Setting is quite nice - bright, airy and sophisticated - though in the ground floor cafe and had a lovely corner table.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food. That’s what you need when you are rushing for Hamilton. Beautiful restaurant.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The fish sharing board was very good. The burger was on par with a Wetherspoon’s equivilant. Music way too loud. Tables crammed in at every possible place. Expensive for what it is. Service a bit clinical and erratically attentive. I instantly regretted I didn’t book for the restaurant, Aster. I’m definitely excited to eat there but would definitely not go back to the cafe.

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LE
London
34 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Friendly but extremely inefficient staff. Food was less than average and uninspiring. We would not be returning to this place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Charming Maitresse d'Hotel and excellent food. Little pricey hence the 4 stars instead of 5

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very accommodating and polite. She constantly refilled the water but not in an intrusive way and made sure we had all the drinks we needed.

Also, it was my sisters birthday and the hostess and other members of the team were very helpful with sorting the cake out.

I have been once before and the service was very good then, but the team exceeded my expectations once again.

Thank you very much!

Ben

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SA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue, lovely staff. Not one you pick because it is cheap but still value for money.

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