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A Nordic/French joint at the Nova development in Victoria.
Aster is a stylish Nordic/French mash-up joint in Victoria from the D&D group (Bluebird Café, Launceston Place, Orrery and so on). It’s set across a bright ’n’ airy corner site on the outer reaches of the steely Nova development, with a cute little bakery out front, a cavernous café/ bar and a well-designed upstairs restaurant, replete with snazzy light fittings on pulleys, a neat dusky colour scheme and views onto Victoria Street.
The food was delicate and technically competent, but failed to dazzle – a textbook case of a menu reading better than it eats. Given the location, pricepoint and D&D’s reputation, too many dishes lacked the expected ‘wow’ factor. Take the starter of squid with smoked reindeer, ink and herbs – an earthy, delicate and savoury dish screaming out for a sharp element to lift it from ‘good’ to ‘GOOD GOD!’. A main of zander – a white freshwater fish and cousin of the duckling-terrorising pike – had a similar problem. For a muddy river dweller, it was undoubtedly refined and clean-tasting but lacked a truly killer flavour. On the other hand, gnocchi – crisp on the outside, béchamel light within – with vinegary walnut cream and smoked cheddar was truly marvellous. A pudding parfait of sea buckthorn and skyr (an Icelandic cheese) was excellently sour with orange berries.
Aster’s missteps could be easily remedied, but as it is, it’s another attractive almost-hit for Nova (and Victoria in general). In this formerly food-barren bit of town, that’s still something.
150 Victoria St
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.|
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Lovely atmosphere set in the heart of Victoria. Great wine selection to be paired with a satisfyingly light Nordic meal. The blackcurrant herring with beetroot creme fraiche was a perfect way to start off my meal - you could taste the pickled flavour and the sweetness from the fruit in one bite; and the Arctic char as a main was delightful and came in a generous portion. The chocolate planet was a great way to end the meal.
I went with a friend and we shared a carafe of wine and our glasses were constantly topped up. Great, attentive service. We went on a Saturday evening and the live music was perfect.
Definitely coming back here when I fancy something a little bit different, somewhere easy to get to for everyone, and for a delicious meal and great jazzy music.
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