Aster Restaurant

4.2
208 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Aster Restaurant offers Nordic and French classics in the heart of Victoria. 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 Smorgasbord dishes, traditional Nordic meatballs, healthy salads and much more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Contemporary French, Scandinavian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch:
Monday-Friday: 11.30am-2.30pm

Dinner:
Monday-Friday: 5pm-10pm
Saturday: 5pm-10pm

Brunch:
Saturday: 11am-3.30pm

Sunday:
Closed
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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
Exclusive hire available - please contact us for more info
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Evening Standard: 2/3 courses with a glass of wine for £20/25

From a set menu

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 13 July 2018

Ends: 9 September 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30-15:00 17:00-21:30

20% off a la carte evening bookings

Enjoy 20% off the a la carte menu at Aster daily between 7pm and 10pm.

Terms and Conditions: Includes tax, excludes service. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 June 2018

Ends: 30 July 2018

Availability: Daily 19:00-22:00

Scandinavian Summer Brunch: 2 courses + free-flowing bubbles £38

Scandinavian Summer Brunch: 2 courses plus bottomless bubbles for £38 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service. No other menus available.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 3 July 2018

Ends: 31 August 2018

Availability: Sun 11:00-15:00
Sat 11:00-15:00

What 208 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.2
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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F
London
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Very spotty service. Menu and service have changed completely since they opened. When they first opened, Aster was all about Scandi food and the Finnish chef's touches were all over the menu. Service was sophisticated and polished. They've turned it into a very typical brasserie experience, albeit same beautiful interiors, but almost nothing of its Scandi heritage on the menu anymore - very British bistro, like The Ivy, Delaunay, etc. Service was very patchy and no one knows the provenance of the food, which is odd for D&D. Not a bad place, but certainly not what it once was.

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IB
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Very good tasty meal. Very good service. Perhaps larger portions to get better value for money but prices were not too expensive. Very nice relaxed atmosphere. Had a 1st floor window table for two with a good view of Victoria Street. Will definitely be visiting again.

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CB
4.0
Dined on 11 July 2018

My wife and I ate here before going to see Hamilton. I ate off the main menu and she ate off the pre theatre special menu and we were both impressed with our meals and the quick service (in and out in less than 1 hour). Would definitely recommend it.

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KO
London
5.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

I've been to this restaurant twice within a month, and both times food and services were impeccable. It's a great addition to the area.

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SH
London
5.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

Had a lovely dinner with friends at Aster. Food is absolutely fantastic and service is very good.
We did take advantage of the promotion which made the dinner better value. The portion sizes are on the small side.

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B
Manchester
5.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

Simply put, the best service in London. I’ve been twice now and it was absolutely fantastic both times! Food is also good and the bottomless prosecco brunch option is fab! Would recommend to anyone!

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SJ
Kent
5.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

A delightful venue for an early evening supper with a friend. Excellent food and well presented. Staff were friendly and professional. Will certainly visit again.

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FT
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined on 22 June 2018

Fantastic service, food and value on the 3 course menu. The bread was fantastic and the cold / hot dishes perfect for a decent lunch. Will definitely come back here soon.

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o
London
5.0
Dined on 21 June 2018

My second visit and as with the first a real experience. Service was efficient and friendly, food beautifully presented and delicious and the pre theatre menu great value.

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E
London
5.0
Dined on 20 June 2018

We had the 3 course pre-theatre menu and all I can say is WOW! The food did not disappoint, all presented well and the flavours were just stunning.

The rye bread was amazing and reminded me of when I used to live in Finland!

None of use left feeling hungry and I can say with great certainty that I will be back to try out more of the menu!

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A
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

We booked the bottomless brunch for a friend’s birthday and had the loveliest time - we were given a great table by the window, menu choices were varied and the food itself was amazing. Waitresses were so lovely and attentive throughout, we never had to ask for anything it was really lovely. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
Buckinghamshire
2.0
Dined on 6 June 2018

Terrible service - inflexible, rude, lack of experience, limited many knowledge - which ruined the meal

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Miami
4.0
Dined on 2 June 2018

We had the 3 course theatre menu and were very pleased. I loved the salmon starter especially. We would dine here again.

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A
London
3.0
Dined on 31 May 2018

Was searching for a good value pre-theatre menu, and thought Aster would fit the bill. I regularly dine out for pre-theatre menus, and have to say.. there are far better value places, with better quality food and better tasting. There's nothing particularly wrong with Aster ...except perhaps, the food is bland, portions are very small compared to other restaurants. However, there's nothing especially memorable about Aster either. Service met the standards of a modern French restaurant, but if comparing food choices... they're really unmemorable. There was just no WOW effect - everything we tasted was just.. blah. Presentation was top notch, beautifully plated. But taste wise, it was disappointing. Dessert was the biggest disappointment of all..served on a small plate, not much decoration - it could have been something served at a casual diner. The fact that dessert could have been its saving grace, cancelling the effects of the previous bland courses - go with a big bang. Instead, it was like the final nail in the coffin, sealing the fate of the restaurant. We won't be coming back, and I can't honestly in good conscience recommend this place to my friends.

That said, if you need to find a spot to dine near the theatre, and you want ambience, then Aster might fit the bill. Just don't expect to be wowed by the food.

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LF
New York Area
4.0
Dined on 31 May 2018

The food was delicious but the portions are on the smaller side. Must try the deconstructed cheesecake

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g
London
4.0
Dined on 30 May 2018

There’s a lot to like about the venue and food. Light and subtle flavours and very fresh ingredients impress a lot.

Two things I’d like to improve:
- some of the portions are unnecessarily small for the price. A few extra slices of herring on the starter plate would be great (for example)
- the deconstruction idea didn’t really work on the pudding (it just looked like the leftovers of a cake box lined up in a row)

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AB
London
4.0
Dined on 30 May 2018

Really good service, excellent food. Definitely be back!

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K
London
4.0
Dined on 24 May 2018

Enjoyed a three course pre-theatre meal with cocktails. The food is really tasty and the menu is interesting. Wine list is a little pricey. Service was really good - friendly, smiling staff.

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 21 May 2018

Proper imaginative food and excellent service. A good find in an area that needs more decent restaurants.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on 21 May 2018

Excellent pre-theatre dinner. Innovative food, beautiful dining room upstairs.

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l
London
2.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

Really great atmosphere, service was good but we were all thoroughly underwhelmed by the food. Veggie options espically were really lacking any kind of flair. Considering the price we were disappointed after having read so many great reviews

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JR
5.0
Dined on 18 May 2018

We found the restaurant to be spacious and airey and with an interesting menu and comprehensive wine list. Location was excellent for our purposes and we will definitely be back!

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EB
London
2.0
Dined on 9 May 2018

We had the pre theatre menu and told the staff when we needed to leave. Starters, including mackerel and asparagus soup were nicely presented and good to eat. However, main courses took 30 mins to arrive, one was forgotten and one of the sides wasn't what it was meant to be. We had to ask for the bill with our main courses and shovelling the food down our throats turned a treat into a penance. The fact that the fish was very plain at least made that easier.

Restaurant design is modern and stylish. I would like to be able to comment on the toilets but didn't have time to go.

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g
London
4.0
Dined on 8 May 2018

Aster was fantastic - great pre-theatre menu - and amazing cocktails and mocktails! Well worth it!

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GH
London
5.0
Dined on 5 May 2018

What a lovely restaurant amidst the hustle, bustle and building works of Victoria Station and it's surroundings. From the second we stepped through the door, every single member of staff greeted us as we walked to our table - no matter what they were doing! It wasn't too busy but the staff were attentive without rushing us, our glasses were always filled without asking and was just such a nice atmosphere and ambience. As for the food! It was delicious! Looked and tasted fresh, presented brilliantly and I can't wait to get back to this place. Perfect for pre/pst theatre esp as it's right next door to the theatre showing Hamilton!

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J
Kent
4.0
Dined on 3 May 2018

We have visited before and found the Aster wonderful, it still is. Our only comment would be that there needs to be a wider choice in the menu for veggies. The lunch menu was limited and heavy on fish.

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PW
London
5.0
Dined on 30 April 2018

The food was very fresh, well presented and great flavours. I would highly recommend....staff were very attentive and ensured we were not missing anything.

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Toronto
4.0
Dined on 30 April 2018

Modern, attractive restaurant & very convenient if you are going to see Hamilton at the Vic Palace which is almost next door.
Stayed with a la carte & food was excellent & nicely presented. They do get very busy so pre theatre rush makes service but haphazard. Was pleasantly surprised by quality & can well recommend it

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CL
5.0
Dined on 27 April 2018

The service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing. We had the tasting menu, everything was exquisite. Bold flavours with a lovely playfulness of touch. The sommelier in particular was excellent- some fascinating information about the wines and great dialogue/ exchanging of ideas. Thank you, I will definitely be back

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OT
5.0
Dined on 21 April 2018

Always a great brunch

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F
4.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

I have done a fuller review on Trip Advisor. In summary: Food very good except not scandinavian enough. This could be any restaurant almost anywhere in central Europe. Ambience great, service superb.

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NS
5.0
Dined on 12 April 2018

We loved the food her, everyone was really friendly. We went to see Hamilton after, which is right next door, so for us it was a perfect location too.

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LH
London
5.0
Dined on 9 April 2018

Fab food and great service. Excellent choice for non meat eaters and desserts to die for.

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LF
London
4.0
Dined on 29 March 2018

Great ambience, although towards the end the table next to us became a bit rowdy! Good, reliable menu. Creative, but plenty of choice so a great option for working lunches. Very good service, although getting the bill took a while.

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RS
London
5.0
Dined on 29 March 2018

Fabulous ambiance and delicious food served by friendly and attentive staff. Especially love the upstairs restaurant.

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k
London
3.0
Dined on 23 March 2018

We booked Aster Restaurant because of its close proximity to the theatre we were going to. Also as it's part of the D&D Group, we knew it would be a 'safe bet'. And it was. The food was really very good. The service less so.... a bit haphazard, although well intentioned. Side dishes not arriving until we were half way through our dinner, long gaps before being asked for further drinks. It's a funky atmosphere but a bit chilly. Not as warming as it could be and given it has a Nordic influence a bit of Hygge might have been nice. Best bits: the delicious crab starter. Worst bits: no loo paper in 3 out of 4 women's loos at 7:15pm on a Friday night.... that is just not quite good enough.

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B
London
4.0
Dined on 17 March 2018

Average food. Immature service. E.g. forgot to ask us about wine so we ended up with wine at after our main course. Average food. Overpriced for what it is.

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A
5.0
Dined on 17 March 2018

Great food, good choices on menu. Lovely light lunch.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on 13 March 2018

Amazing lunch!!!! Beautiful food. Brilliant textural combinations. Lovely service!! Thank you!

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 10 March 2018

We visited Aster for the first time during the opening week in 2016 and we were blown away by the food, service and ambiance. Returning with high expectations and keen to take our friends there, we felt that the menu had lost it’s special Nordic touch. Whilst the food was OK, it was not memorable. Service was fine but a little impersonal.

I doubt we will be visiting again.

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