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    Friday, 17 March 2017

    NORDIC DINING AT ASTER, VICTORIA

    Until recently, I've never really had any reason to go to Victoria. Unless you count going to the station.

    There was that one time for my twentieth birthday when we went to Pacha (omg I feel old) and there was the occasional outing when I worked across the river in Battersea...BUT for the most part, it's not somewhere I'd think to go.

    But that's all changing now, because Victoria has Nova. Yep, a bright, sparkly new development of restaurants, bars and shops which have popped up, firmly with the intent of putting Victoria on the map...and I have to admit, it's all getting a bit exciting.

    Amongst all the shiny new restaurants, you'll find a Bleeker Street down the road (for the BEST burgers), Jason Atherton's new place Hai Cenato (for New York meets Italian) and then there's Aster where you can get, drum roll please, Nordic meets French dining.

    It's right opposite the station and it's THE perfect place to kill some time while you wait for your train. Come on, I'll give you a quick look around...
    Aster is the latest opening for the super trendy D&D group - you know the guys behind 100 Wardour Street, Bluebird and the German Gymnasium. It's a multi-level space with a cafe, deli and restaurant spread across it's two stunningly decorated floors.

    My favourite part though? It's got to be the wine bar on the ground floor and the dedicated cellar on the second which are both packed with some incredible bottles of wine. Each has been selected to go perfectly with head chef Helena Puolakka's menu of Nordic meats and smoked fish - but best of all, they all come at affordable prices (I'm talking about £5 a glass here!)
    What you have in terms of food very much depends on what part of Aster you'll be eating in! The cafe is on the ground floor as you walk in where you can order a Smörgåsbord of dishes including  herrings, pickles and meats. Upstairs, you'll find the main restaurant which has more of a fine-dining feel with a menu of arctic char, fillet steak and milk fed lamb shoulder.
    But equally you can just pop in for drinks like we did and make use of the bar snacks menu! A bowl of olives or nuts will set you back £3 or you can order a mini cheese platter for £11 - all that coupled with a £5 glass of wine and you've got yourself a purse friendly feast while you wait for your train! All in the most decadent of settings. 
    Aster is open from 7am-10.45pm midweek and from 9am on the weekends - I definitely recommend you pop in, even if it's just for a glass of their fabulous wines! 

    Aster 
    150 Victoria Street
    London, SW1E 5LB
    * We were guests of Aster Victoria
    All opinions are completely honest
    Aster Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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