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Hattie Lloyd 04/09/22


The Best Restaurants in Victoria

Sometimes you’re in the mood for fine dining.

But sometimes, you’re in the mood for really excellent dining.

And if one of those moods happens to strike you when you’re in Victoria – fear not. Because we’ve tirelessly tracked down the greatest dining establishments in the neighbourhood, selflessly sampling every brunch, lunch and dinner for the sake of your tastebuds, and rigorously assessing each restaurant for its atmosphere, service, and of course, food.

Behold our pick of the best restaurants in Victoria…

Pantechnicon

sachi restaurant belgravia

Technically in Belgravia rather than Victoria, but well worth hopping across the imaginary border. Pantechnicon is a five-storey temple to all things Nordic and Japanese, including shops filled with stylish, hard-to-find products; workshop spaces; a tiny sake bar; a Nordic rooftop restaurant and terrace; and a Japanese restaurant in the basement. It’s basically worth its own day trip.

Details: Open daily 19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB £££

A. Wong

A Wong

Michelin starred and critically lavished, A. Wong is the apex of fine dining restaurants in Victoria. At lunch, pick and choose from individual dim sum dishes. At night, an excellently laid-out taster menu takes you on a tour of China’s diverse culinary heritage; from poached yolk steamed rice rolls and soy chicken with caviar, to Sichuanese aubergines and prawn-stuffed chicken wings. It is, in a word, excellent.

Details: Open Tues-Sat  70 Wilton Road, SE1V 1DE ££££ | Book here


Rail House Cafe

Rail House Cafe

The Rail House Café is the third sibling to Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café and Bermondsey’s Village East.

And it’s still very much on track.

Plush, bohemian surroundings bolstered by salvaged architectural features, floor to ceiling windows and a gentle clink of activity at the central bar make it one of the best looking restaurants in Victoria, featuring classic all day dining from sumptuous brunches to wholesome warm grain salads, steaks, and fresh seafood dishes…

Details: Open daily | 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ £££ | Book here

Lorne

Lorne

It takes bottle to put your wine list on an equal footing with the food.

But that’s exactly the idea at Lorne, which comes to you from sommelier Katie Exton and chef Peter Hall. The pair first met at Michelin-starred The Square, and between them boast experience at The River Café, Brawn, and San Fran’s triple-starred Benu. And if anyone’s going to do it…

Details: Open daily 76 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE £££ | Book here

Dragon Inn Club

Dragon Inn Club Victoria Restaurants

The Dragon Inn Club.

Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of fire.

And that fire comes in the form of the searingly spicy Sichuan cuisine they’re serving up in this moodily-lit, dark bamboo dining room, hidden behind an innocuous-looking pub facade. Expect dishes like French corn-fed chicken dressed in chilli oil; vegetable and seafood dim sum; and DIY hotpots – in which the hot is, should you wish, optional.

Details: Open daily 16-18 Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V 1SH ££££ | Book here

Artist Residence London

Cambridge Street Kitchen Victoria Restaurants

In a word, Artist Residence is beautiful. In 43 words, it’s a beautiful, bohemian hideaway tucked down a residential side street in Victoria, in which you can dine on everything from full English breakfasts to delicate tuna tataki…

Details: Open daily 52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ ££ | Book here

Timmy Green

Timmy Green Victoria Restaurants

Victoria restaurants were, for a time, suffering a distinct lack of an Antipodean all-day brunch spot serving vodka-spiked smoothies; poached eggs with halloumi soldiers and balsamic dust; and Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake balls. With bottomless booze. So it’s a relief that this place exists, to say the least.

Details: Open daily | 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ £££ | Book here

Kazan

Kazan

Welcoming, unpretentious, and festooned with beautiful lanterns, Kazan is a palace of ‘Ottoman indulgence’. Take your pick from a huge range of mezze including drunken calamari marinated in vodka; tempura battered sage prawns; and a 17th century dish of pan-fried calf’s liver with sumac and red onion; before tucking into hunks of shredded, slow-cooked lamb shoulder to share.

Details: Open daily 93-94 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DW £££ | Book here

Caxton Grill

Best Restaurants in Victoria: Caxton Grill

Don’t be fooled by the salad on the Caxton Grill menu – it’s merely a ruse to avoid too many people discovering the steaks, whole native lobster and chicken they’re cooking up on their (and coincidentally one of London’s first) Josper grills. After which, you’ll be free to wander the al fresco terrace, with a Bowler Hat cocktail in hand… Just be careful not to tip it.

Details: Open daily 2 Caxton Street, SW1H 0QW £££ | Book now

 


Spend a lot of time in the area? Then you’ll need our guide to the best bars in Victoria, too

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