Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Rosie for a catch up over brunch, at Nordic restaurant Aster. Located almost directly opposite Victoria Station in an impressive glass skyscraper, Aster is one of the most beautiful and impressive spaces I’ve ever dined in. With marble and copper finishes, wood detailing and large glass windows, Aster is bright, comfortable and quite honestly – stunning!
With a cafe and small deli downstairs, brunch is served upstairs in the restaurant and consists of either two courses priced at £21 or three courses at £26. There’s also the addition of cocktails, including mimosa, bloody mary and bellini, or bottomless prosecco for just £10, making Aster’s brunch menu one of the most value for money in London. Aster also serves a fantastic a la carte menu, lunch, pre-theatre, or snacks at the decadent copper bar (complete with peach leather stools – dreamy!).
Both Rosie and myself opted for three courses, making it less a brunch and more a lunch/dinner. Starters consist of brunch favourites such as eggs benedict, eggs florentine and smashed avocado. Plus some more unusual dishes included a meat platter of reindeer and pork belly and eggs Victoria, which we chose. Eggs Victoria included beautifully succulent lobster on top of seeded rye, with a perfectly poached egg, watercress and truffle hollandaise… Yes you heard correctly, TRUFFLE hollandaise. Oh my!
This delicious brunch dish was of a smaller than normal size, allowing room for a main afterwards. Continuing on the fish trend, I decided to go for the fish pie which was served with a side salad, whilst Rosie opted for the flat iron steak with a side of chips. I can’t speak for Rosie, but my fish pie was amazing. I love fish pie anyway, but Aster’s recreation was something else. The fish was creamy and mouthwatering, whilst the layer of mash potato on top was wonderfully crisp and buttery. Perfection!
Finally, with a little room left, we both decided on the same dessert – lingonberry and pine ice-cream. I mean, with flavours as unique as those on the menu, we couldn’t not try them. The pine flavoured ice-cream really did taste like pine, but it wasn’t as odd as it sounds. In fact, it was perfectly paired with the fruity lingonberry and was just the right way to finish off our wonderful meal. Until Rosie ordered a peppermint tea, and suddenly a small dish of almond biscuits and blueberry cake arrived! I didn’t think I could fit any more in, but of course I did.
All in all I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Especially for brunch! The bottomless prosecco is exactly that. The waiters and waitresses are constantly topping up your glass, and we dined for over 2 hours, so you can imagine how much prosecco we got through. Thus making this meal the best value for money! Where else can you get three courses plus unlimited prosecco for £36?
Aster Restaurant Review: 5/5
- Fantastic value for money – 3 courses for £26.
- Actual bottomless prosecco
- Decadent decor and surroundings
- Great location – opposite Victoria station
- Unique menu offering Nordic cuisine