If you’re around Victoria and feeling adventurous, try some traditional Korean and Japanese cuisine from Lime Orange. Lime Orange has won acclaim for its ‘DIY’ dishes such as the Bibimbap, a Korean rice dish. The dish comes in a hot stone pot, which customers are invited to stir at their table until cooked through, adding other ingredients if desired. Also popular is the Korean BBQ section of the menu, which offers Bulgogi, a famous Korean meat dish. The built-in grill on the table means that customers can watch their own meat cooking to perfection. For vegetarian or pescatarian diners there are plenty of meat-free options. The special Oriental drinks really top the menu off. As a different way to start a meal, Lime Orange recommends the Bokbunja, a sweet raspberry wine. If you’re looking to try a new type of cuisine with a hands-on experience, the friendly and helpful staff and the exceptional variety of flavoUrs at Lime Orange will not disappoint.
312 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1AA, 020 8616 0498
Hardcore Lobster And More
Over the past year or so, Londoners have witnessed a surge of lobster restaurants and delis opening all over the city. For fans of tail and claw, it is becoming easier to find this delicacy at an ever-more affordable price. In the Victoria area, Hardcore Lobster and More aims to provide customers with fresh lobster sourced from Canada alongside sirloin steak, crab, a variety of different fish dishes and even gourmet burgers. As the restaurant’s main event, the 1 1/2 pound lobster can be served either steamed or grilled. It comes with a side salad and fries. There are also two choices of sauce – the butter sauce, or the garlic butter sauce which has received numerous ecstatic reviews. The range of burgers available promises to cater to all tastes, to which the choice of onion rings, sweet potato fries or courgette fries make great additions. The bright interior design of Hardcore Lobster and the attractive and fresh-tasting dishes make this restaurant a staple for all aficionados of lobster and seafood.
52 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE, 020 7828 7737
If you’re passing through Victoria and happen to have a craving for dim sum, Chinese restaurant A. Wong is the answer. Offering food inspired by Chinese street snacks and regional dishes, A.Wong and the sensational flavour of each delicacy will transport you to a different city. A Taste of China Menu is available in the evening, alongside their regular Evening Menu. There is even the option to have a Peking Duck Feast. for which it is necessary to book several days beforehand. The ingredients of each dish are perfectly matched, bursting with flavour and complemented by a glass chosen from the wine list. To top the meal off, it is impossible to resist one of the novel and exotic-sounding desserts. The combination of A. Wong’s vibrant atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable servers and wonderful array of different courses will leave you planning a return trip.
70 Wilton road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DE, 0207 828 8931
Tozi Restaurant and Bar
Serving some very tasty Venetian and Italian cuisine, Tozi Restaurant is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. You can choose to sit either at the bar for some drinks and cicchetti (small sharing plates) or in the restaurant for a proper meal. Tozi offers a fantastic pre-theatre set menu. For those who wish to eat from the lunch or dinner menu, there are several delicious meat and fish dishes, including some to share. However, for indecisive customers or those who simply want to try a bit of everything, the cicchetti never disappoint. There is an impressive range of these Italian tapas which you can wash down with a glass or two of fine Italian wine. Whether you choose an array of small sharing dishes or a full meal, you can be sure that the extremely high standard of the food and drink and a sophisticated dining experience will create the perfect evening.
8 Gillingham Street, London, SW1V 1HJ, 020 7769 9771
The Willow Walk Pub
Named after the tree-lined path that led to Westminster Abbey, the Willow Walk Pub offers tasty food for reasonable prices. It is ideal for families who may have fussy eaters in tow. It also happens to be convenient for the Apollo Theatre nearby — perfect for those who prefer pubs to restaurants to grab a bite before the show. As a typical pub, the Willow Walk serves topped chips or nachos, burgers and British classics including sausages and mash, steak and kidney pudding and of course, a traditional roast. The Willow also holds special themed nights throughout the week, including Mexican Monday. For spice lovers, the Curry Club is not to be missed out on. The popular Sunday Club attracts aficionados of the traditional British roast. If you’re looking for a relaxed, warm atmosphere, quick service and some classic pub food, the Willow Walk is the place to go.
25 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1LW, 020 7828 2953
Serving up ‘Ottoman fusion’, traditional Turkish restaurant Kazan has plenty to offer customers in Victoria, including an intimate and ornate dining area, fine Turkish wines and of course, some delectable dishes. No Turkish restaurant would be complete without mezze and luckily Kazan is no exception. It offers a wide selection of hot and cold mezze. Try famous Turkish dishes, such as tabbouleh and stuffed vine leaves, or be more adventurous and go for kadinbudu kofte. This is lightly spiced lamb with smoked chilli jelly. The large sharing platters are piled high with vegetables or seafood — plenty for two people to share. For lovers of spicy food, the Kazan Fire Grill cooks up marinated chargrilled chicken or lamb, while the Kazan Firin (oven) slow-roasts meat to tender perfection. Kazan also offers a Pre-Theatre Set Menu for show-goers and five different seasonal Set Menus. If you are in the area and want to try something a little different, make sure you head to Kazan: a dining experience straight from the Sultan’s kitchen.
93-94 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DW, 020 7233 7100
If you’re a lover of fine wine and European cuisine, drop in for dinner at About Thyme — a bar and bistro that creates dishes using only ingredients of the highest quality and freshness. Some of their produce is even sourced from regions across Spain. So if you love Spanish cuisine and worldwide wines, it’s an experience you’ll enjoy. The selection of Spanish tapas will not disappoint, but for those with a larger appetite, the main courses are both generous and delicious. A cosy dining setting lit up with atmospheric lighting makes About Thyme an ideal place to go for an intimate meal. The restaurant is also available for hire for private events and staff are happy to offer a special menu for such occasions. At only a short walk from Victoria Station, About Thyme is an ideal stop-off point if you’re looking for a warm and welcoming restaurant with some show-stopping food.
82 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DL, 02078217504
Looking to splash out on a sophisticated dining experience” Go no further than luxury hotel The Goring — a classy restaurant that has truly earned its Michelin star. It is well-renowned for its afternoon tea, opulent bar and fresh, high-quality ingredients sourced from the British Isles. You can choose whether to dine at lunch, tea or dinner. Whichever time of day you pick, you can be sure that there will be an overwhelming array of delicious courses and British classics, including starters, mains and desserts. If you’d rather a lighter meal, try the seasonal afternoon tea, an art that The Goring has been perfecting for more than 100 years. Currently a Christmassy tea is available — an excellent way to indulge this season. As you’d expect from an establishment of this caliber, service is impeccable and the surrounding decor is the height of sophistication. Why not round off the whole experience with a stop in the bar for a glass of champagne or a cocktail?
Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW, 020 7396 9000
A favourite with tourists and locals, Seafresh has been in business for 50 years – experience that is evident in their fresh fish, perfect chips and tasty salads. Offering a wide range of seafood to hungry customers, Seafresh know their stuff when it comes to the British classic. However, the traditional battered fish and chips is not the only favourite here. The sea bream and prawns, shrimp tempura and monkfish are also popular among customers, as well as the refreshing octopus salad. The restaurant has received praise for its delicious and perfectly battered fresh fish and homemade tartare sauce. It is also renowned for its nod to old chip shop favourites such as mushy peas, prawn cocktail and pickled onions. In addition to the wonderful food, the chatty and hospitable staff and affordable prices make Seafresh an obvious stop-off for those who love a taste of the seaside. We can guarantee you’ll want to go back.
80-81 Wilton Rd, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DL, 020 7828 0747
Just a two-minute walk from London Victoria and a convenient distance from the nearby theatres is traditional Italian restaurant Il Posto. It offers diners a relaxed atmosphere and some delicious Italian fare. If you like antipasti, pasta and gourmet pizzas then this should be your first port of call when in Victoria. The overwhelming selection of traditional Italian pizzas and pastas will make it hard to select just one dish. However, you can be sure you’ll find something to suit everyone. Il Posto continually receives praise for its pizzas, for which you can choose a variety of tempting toppings, including spicy sausage, anchovies, seafood or olives to name but a few. The restaurant staff are efficient, attentive and friendly, which sets a pleasant tone for the whole meal. This is echoed by the intimate feel to the nicely decorated dining area. For Italian food fans who are looking for professional service, delicious food and good value for money, you cannot do much better than Il Posto.
316a Vauxhall Bridge Road London SW1 V1AA, 020 7834 5270