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A glamorous Nordic brasserie in the capital that's a gem of a find as chef is Finnish born Helena Puolakka, who trained with the iconic Pierre Hoffmann. Her style is Nordic with French technique and a nuance of British ingredients. Immediately before opening Aster, Puolakka ran Skylon in the Festival Hall.
The must order for a grazing lunch when there is plenty of gossip to catch up on is a do-it-yourself smorgasbord.
Be sure to order the meatballs with added pine nuts giving them a delicious, earthy texture and the requisite lingonberry sauce – delicious.
Best of all are Helene's Nordic rye crisps, utterly moreish.
There's a good selection of well-priced cocktails too.
We liked that there is plenty of space between tables so it is possible to have the most indiscreet conversations with little fear of being overheard.
Price: £45.00 for two including drinks