I’m lucky enough that my flatmate is one of my best friends of ten years. We’ve lived in our lovely flat in Wandsworth Town for a year now, but we can often be like ships that pass in the night with work and social stuff we have going on.
We try to regularly catch up over an amazing brunch (bottomless of course, because why not?) and we’re always looking for new spots.
For our latest venture we recruited her sister too and headed to one of our regular places – Counter in Vauxhall for a prosecco-filled girly Saturday. However, on arrival (and after looking forward to a particular dish I tried and loved) we found Counter closed – it remains so for the time being in case you wanted to try it. Devastation!
We weren’t ready to give up on our plans so speedily googled places that could fit us in and discovered Aster, situated just outside Victoria station.
Aster opened earlier this year and is a D&D venue. I’ve tried several other D&D restaurants and loved their style (namely Avenue, Madison and Bluebird) so I was excited to get the chance to try Aster and was expecting great things.
They definitely delivered. Aster have made sure to provide their guests with a great experience not just a brunch menu, and as soon as you enter the venue the atmosphere is buzzing with a live DJ on the ground floor providing a Saturday soundtrack from 12pm. We were taken upstairs to the restaurant which was already full of happy brunchers, and after being presented with the menu we of course opted for bottomless prosecco for two hours. At an additional £15 to the price of the meal (already reasonable at £21 for two courses or £26 for three) it really seemed rude not to. If you’re not a fan of bubbles, Rose wine is available under this offer too.
Eggs Florentine, Eggs Benedict & Bubbles for 3
We all opted for eggs to start and my flatmate’s sister and I both chose the Florentine – after much deliberation! It was absolutely delicious with a large helping of avocado (always a winner with me) and my friend’s request for scrambled eggs instead of poached was accommodated – although there was some initial confusion, it was dealt with pleasantly and the scrambled eggs were a hit. I’ll definitely be trying Eggs Victoria next time – with a topping of lobster this gave me serious food envy when I spied it at the next table.
The main course was Crab Linguine all round and mine was a perfectly sized portion. I eat a huge amount of seafood, so my standards are pretty high – and this was really tasty. The pasta was perfectly cooked and by this point the prosecco was flowing and we were loving the classy and cool atmosphere, with the sounds of the DJ below creating the perfect Saturday afternoon vibe.
Roomies brunchin’ (isn’t she a stunner?)
Two hours later and suitably tipsy from the regular top-ups (nobody likes scrimping on bubbles – and thankfully this wasn’t a problem here) we headed out of Aster to carry on with our girly day, but not before checking out the gorgeous cakes and pastries available in the deli downstairs. After the bubbles and brunch I was too full to sample any – but I’m definitely sure I’ll be popping back in to pick up some treats next time I’m in the area.
The afternoon was a fab unexpected experience and we all loved the atmosphere. For two hours of unlimited booze and great food too, it’s a bargain for a central London brunch. I’ll definitely be returning to sample the new Crayfish and Rose brunch offering (menu not yet available online), soak up the mellow tunes and of course to try that Eggs Victoria!
Perfect for: chilled Saturday brunch with friends (and I’m already planning to check out the afternoon tea and dinner menu…watch this space!)
Experience Aster for yourself at 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB.