Aster, the latest restaurant from D&D London, recently launched in Victoria’s newest restaurant development, Nova. Overseen by Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, Aster serves up the Nordic cuisine of her Finnish heritage complemented by classic French dishes and techniques refined over her career in some the world’s best restaurants.
Set across two beautiful floors, the downstairs café and deli serves up traditional Nordic delicacies such as fish roe, pickled herring and wild berries sit alongside comforting cinnamon buns . Whilst upstairs in the restaurant, the menu presents more refined dishes such as Arctic char and hot smoked Greenland prawns with aubergine caviar, and dill and Pyrenean lamb shoulder with braised January King cabbage and lingonberry.
Their monthly experiential dinner, ‘A series of senses’, explores the five senses through a range of innovative dishes. This immersive, five course menu captures the Nordic-French spirit at the heart of the restaurant.
Aster marks a return to D&D for Helena, who originally joined the group as executive chef to launch Skylon, where she stayed for six years until 2013. Hailing from the south-west coast of Finland, Helena’s upbringing has shaped her style of cooking, which focuses on uncomplicated, homemade food and distinctive flavours. Her French culinary training adds a completely different dimension to dishes, departing from Scandinavia’s wind-swept landscape of endless forests to the tranquil vistas of Southern France. The menus throughout Aster are built upon this exciting combination.
150 Victoria Street