* Disclosure: I was invited to dine as a guest. All opinions are my own.
Just across the road from Victoria rail station stands an epic red and glass structure structure. When I first saw it, I was reminded of the Hallgrímskirkja church (or a non-evil interpretation of something from Lord Of The Rings!) and now I finally know what lies within. Aster opened its doors at the start of this month. The executive chef Helena Puolakka is Finnish-born with classic French training, and has combined her wealth of experience into an impressive Nordic-French menu.
The Scandinavian interiors were gorgeous as expected, and I could easily imagine bringing a date, friends or my parents to this inviting space. We indulged in a three-course brunch (at a very reasonable £26pp) with Prosecco.
For starters we shared the meat platter (reindeer salami, caraway pork belly and hot smoked reindeer) and – perhaps my favourite dish of the day – Eggs Victoria and lobster on toasted seeded rye with truffle hollandaise. Look at that orange yolk!
I chose the potato blini, mushrooms, poached egg and béarnaise, while my boyfriend had the Alder smoked duck breast with pumpkin, roast seeds and golden raisins. Both dishes were perfectly balanced and flavoured.
For desserts: an almond cake Runeberg with blood orange, lemon meringue; and an indulgently dense chocolate tart with creme fraiche. And what mortal could possibly resist a cinnamon bun for the road afterwards?
If you're passing through Victoria or attending a theatre in the area, I can wholeheartedly recommend Aster. I will certainly be back soon!