A. Wong’s got us all excited. We’re not the only ones; there’s been some serious buzz around this bright little Chinese spot on the unloved side of Victoria for its light and modern take on dim sum. It helps that we love dim sum; flavour-packed parcels just the perfect size to pop in your mouth, and you’d be surprised how many we can chomp down once we get started. Still, A. Wong’s offering is pretty special, with a focus on great ingredients, regional accents and a modern twist that lightens things up a little. Even better, you can order the dim sum individually, so no arguments over what to order, and it makes dining in small groups a whole lot easier. Dim sum is only served at lunch. In the evenings there’s a menu of larger dishes and an eight-course tasting menu very reasonably priced at under £40.
It’s probably true Victoria doesn’t need another bland, hotel restaurant. It’s painfully, glaringly obvious that it needs some more high-quality eating establishments. Enter Tozi – yes, it’s in a bland hotel – but the food cuts the mustard. So, close your eyes as you rush through the garish lobby of the Park Plaza with its weird art installations, into the altogether subtler interior of Tozi. The menu is just so on trend with its little dishes of cicchetti (and a few larger dishes if you don’t like sharing). Either way, don’t be stingy when ordering. This is tasty stuff. Pizzettes were charred and chewy – just how we like them – fried artichoke with minted yogurt was unusual and a triumph, fritto misto was gloriously crisp and generous and the cured meats of outstanding quality. Perhaps best of all were the gnocchi with duck ragout and spaghetti with seafood. Do save room for dessert or perhaps try one of their one-and-a-half-month aged Negronis, if nothing else for the spectacle of a waiter bringing to the table the entire barrel.