You can’t deny it – up until recently, Victoria was a bit ‘meh’ for eating out, when often the best you could do was a sad sandwich or carton of dodgy fried rice from a roadside vendor before your southbound train. But thanks to new developments (concrete or otherwise), and a few restaurants usually under the radar, eating out in Victoria is better than it’s ever been.
If you’re a sucker for intriguing settings, almost everything about Aster will make you go ga-ga. There’re large marble counters and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the building itself – which houses Aster’s deli, restaurant, and café – looks like a temple to a new-fangled god from the fourth millennium. The food’s not to be knocked either – there’s a sophisticated French-Nordic menu, which means plenty of pickling and smoking, with a dollop of classic European techniques thrown in for good measure.
‘Comfort and contentment on the plate’ is how Guardian critic Marina O’Loughlin describes Lorne. Meanwhile, the Evening Standard’s Grace Dent puts it up on her list of best restaurants for 2017 – and we’re barely halfway through the year. Expect to find creative British and Mediterranean fare without the frills, and some of the best service you’ll come across in any restaurant at the moment.Continue Reading