Aster

4.1
357 reviews
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£25 and under
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European
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Aster is a relaxed yet sophisticated all day dining brasserie with a modern European menu created by Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka. The closest restaurant to the hottest show in town, Hamilton, offering popular pre/post theatre menus throughout the week along with weekday lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch. Complete with a café & wine bar on the ground floor, cocktail bar, and the refined restaurant upstairs, you can enjoy selections of pastries, brasserie classics, healthy salads and much more. Aster is part of Nova Food.

Special Offers

Spring Set Menu 4 courses for £29

Enjoy Taste of Spring Set Menu with the optional sommelier's wine pairing.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 3 April 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 19:00-21:45

Saturday Brunch: 2/3 courses £21/26 with unlimited bubbles £19

Weekend Brunch: 2/3 courses £21/26 with unlimited bubbles £19.

Terms and Conditions: No other menus available on the date. Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 4 January 2019

Ends: 21 June 2019

Availability: Sat 11:00-15:15

Theatre: 2/3 course £23/£26

Set Pre-theatre Menu.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 11 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-18:45 22:00-22:30

Working Lunch 2/3 courses for £23/£26

Set Menu - Working Lunch 2/3 courses for £23/£26

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 11 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30-16:45

What 357 People Are Saying
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Brighton
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor, inattentive and uncoordinated waiting staff. Food was mediocre and seating arrangements are awkward as tables are so on top of each other that one feels as if you are party to the lovers tiff at the table next door.

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S
London
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food and ambience but slow service for lunch.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue is on the weekend last order for lunch is 15:30. Was only told about this on the day. Would be better if this is clearly stated in the booking page

Otherwise food and ambiance amazing. I would come back every weekend!

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A
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed visit and would go again. The food was decent, the staff excellent. It’s a good location and great building.

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VU
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice ambience, great choice of meals, including vegetarian and vegan option.

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Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here pre-theatre and it was wonderful. Highly recommend.

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PL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and lovely decor, though there were some mix up on the food order, but it was quickly corrected. Overall would recommend the place to friends.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Wouldn’t recommend if you have dietary requirements. If gluten free - it just means you will get the bare bones of the dish that says it is a gluten free option available.

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice staff, food average and small helpings and poor value if you take teenagers there.
We found the chef’s hair in the starter (refunded) and with 12.5% automatic service charge it’s really expensive
Not sure I would go back

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

A real shame for a special day.

Arrived at 3pm for their special Sunday roast on mothers day only to be told they didn’t have the beef roast (50% of the roast options) along with no bread and butter pudding (1 of the three desert options).

Having waited 45minutes for food, one roast arrived without a Yorkshire pudding, and the second arrived with only two beans as a portion of vegetables. No gravy on the beef, no condiments to go with anything let alone an ask from our waiter.

Asked for the manager who offered a Yorkshire and some vegetables as a side which only arrived once we’d finished our food.

I really want to like this place but sadly the service and very ordinary food didn’t match the lovely setting.

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FP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

You should offer some breads too, and portions a little big bigger. But ambience and staff are very nice. Especially the waiter from Sardinia is very nice, kind and friendly.

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PF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The choice on the set menu was very poor and the starters on the a la carte were so tiny you could hardly see them.

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends for the Sunday Roast. Food and ambiance were great. Excellent live music!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, handy and fun

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HG
London
171 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Imaginative small and not-so-small plates. I've been twice and enjoyed everything I've tried.

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M
London
43 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really tasty food (we had the special Finnish menu), friendly staff and a sumptuous environment.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in a very pleasant environment. Well sized portions, not too big not too small. Nice staff. Good value for lunch, config duck was very tender and well seasoned.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Dinner before theatre (Hamilton). Arrived as planned at 6pm. Service was very slow. Had to ask to order food. Starters still not arrived by 6.30 and when I asked if it could hurry along one of the waiting staff was incredibly rude and told me I should have booked a table at 5pm!

Food was good (but it took FOREVER) cocktails and bar are really nice.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

It was a great place, we had good food, it was just very loud

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch. Great ambiance, great service, and certainly great value for money. We love the Nordic imprint of the restaurant. The herring, the beetroot gnocchi and the venison burger were delicious. All 4 desserts were good!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My friends and I dined here one Friday night. It was a very pleasant place and our waiter was very helpful. The food was a little over the top but nice enough to eat - the carrot cake dessert especially is fabulous. The manager however, was different. A friend of mine had the Ribeye steak (as did two other friends). It was a little fatty. She continued to eat and didn’t think much of it. When the manager came to take the plates she commented that the steak was a little fatty. She didn’t request money off or freebies she just wanted to let him know. His response shocked us all, “what do you want me to do about it?” With a tone that was rather condescending. When our waiter returned we informed him of what the manager had said and he was very apologetic. He really put us off the rest of the meal. The same manager came to take our dessert orders and although he tried to be jovial it was too late. Therefore, as a summery, the food was nice and the actual wait staff are fab. But if your are approached by the managers beware the tone.

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JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Needs improvement on service and speed

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DP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have been to Aster before and I have enjoyed it, this visit was on a Monday and the service was friendly but not as good as previous visits, the waiter was not aware of the current set menu, wine recommendation was off the mark and we had to try three different wines which is very unusual. Food overall was good although one of the four courses was average. I will come again but not for a while.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our return to aster after a few months and the first time we had the soul Sunday brunch - it was a pure joy from Beiginning to end .

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HL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, wine prices are by the carafe not the bottle which was a bit misleading. Great experience tho!

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were recomended by friends. We were NOT disapointed .We considered our lunch was very good value for money, Helpful staff. Wil visit again

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food! Loved the banoffee dessert! Soul Sundays are great value. Lovely ambience as well. Highly recommended

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T
Cleveland
67 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We looked for a restaurant close to the theatre and this came up, but it turned out to be a great choice. They offer a pre theatre menu for 23/26 GBP for 2/3 courses, two of us had the duck confit and two had the Norwegian fish pie, both choices were excellent. The service was also first class, friendly but not too familiar. We would definitely book this again if we are at another theatre close by.

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DB
London
33 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Sadly the service was a bit hit and miss. Also sat next to other tables at lunch when the restaurant wasn’t very full so noisy and not as enjoyable as it could have been.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well presented, well thought through menu. Very professional.

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m
London
17 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the service from the moment we arrived until we left was first class

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service was spot on and the food was truly delicious

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WD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good experience for Valentines.
Really enjoyed the service, food was good a bit pricey but overall very good.

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DJ
London
66 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Why did I give Aster a second chance? Because it offered post theatre/cinema set menu. Arrived at the booked time and kept waiting for table but very pleasantly served by maitre d’/reception guy.

At the table - despite booking the fixed price theatre menu we are presented with only the main menu and drinks menu! This always annoys me - either it indicates s lack of care and communication between booking and serving staff or, more cynically, an attempt by the restaurant to force you to use the other menu.

There is a plethora of staff but we had to wait and then signal two different people to order. Staff were nice and professional but the food was uninspiring and disappointing. The wine by the glass options are however very good.

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G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The main course-monkfish was off , we had to send it back.The quality of the rest of the meal was quite questionnable too. Overall, end up having very disappointing experience

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K
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant providing good quality food. Professional, attentive staff.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It a a lovely spot for a lunch with friends. Great food followed by lovely service. I very much recommend especially if you like pretty interiors.

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is certainly the best fine-dining, affordable dinner I have had in London.
Everything from amuse bouches to desserts is delicate and refined, well-balanced, and very tasty.
For starters, do not miss the scallops. For mains, everything was perfection. We ordered the lobster, the duck breast, and the fish. Desserts (chocolate tart, banana ice-cream with a twist, and praline) were brilliant. I like the decor very much.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

very good service and food. monkfish was very delicious

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was lovely- great ambiance.

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