Nova Food, the brand spanking new foodie destination in Victoria, has seen a sprinkling of exciting openings this year, including Aussie diner Timmy Green and the swanky Greenwood venue. The Resident checks out the latest, and hottest opening, D&D London’s Aster…
Aster, which opened on 1 February with enough fizz and fanfare to lure Millie Mackintosh and her boyfriend Hugo Taylor away from the InStyle EE Rising Star BAFTA Party, is a gleaming 10,000 square foot palace of brass and marble, designed by Russell Sage Studio and softened with plush fabrics in shades of purple and gold.
What else would you expect from the company behind the world’s most beautiful restaurant, German Gymnasium?
The new restaurant is set across two floors, with a café and deli on the ground floor and an upstairs restaurant and bar. The kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka – who originally joined the group as executive chef to launch Skylon – serving the Nordic cuisine of her Finnish heritage complemented by classic French dishes and techniques that she has refined over her career.
On entering, a spectacular staircase leads to the restaurant and cocktail bar upstairs, where the brass and marble detailing continues from the downstairs café and deli, which references its neighbour, Victoria Station, with luggage-inspired detailing and a re-imagined railway clock.
In the café and deli, traditional Nordic delicacies such as fish roe, pickled herring and wild berries sit alongside comforting cinnamon buns and Smörgåsbords of shredded duck, cornichons, fig chutney and sourdough.
Upstairs in the restaurant, more refined dishes such Arctic char and hot smoked Greenland prawns with aubergine caviar, as well as Pyrenean lamb shoulder with braised January King cabbage, hold court.
The cafe also serves breakfast – essential for any transport hub – as well as a seasonally changing afternoon tea menu with open rye sandwiches topped with the likes of Atlantic prawn skagen or cured salmon and pickles, plus cakes and pastries that draw on both French and Nordic patisserie traditions. Each month, Aster will host a Series of Senses, an experiential dinner exploring the five senses, held in the private dining room.
Nova Food at the Nova building will eventually be home to 17 restaurants, three pop-up kiosks and alfresco seating areas. With new concepts including Stokehouse by Will Ricker, The Railhouse Café by Adam White and Jason Atherton’s Hai Cenato, those notorious train delays at Victoria Station suddenly look like a blessing in disguise…
150 Victoria Street SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com