Bill’s Victoria Restaurant, Cardinal Place, 6 Cathedral Walk, Westminster SW1E 5JL
Bill’s seemed an ideal venue to meet a friend. We were coming from North London via public transport and she works near Westminster Cathedral.
An additional element was that it had to be easy to find. Well, Bill’s Victoria is, and we’ve used Bill’s before in several locations and been happy with what we received.
It is situated just outside one of the main entrances to Victoria tube station and at the nearest end of the busy shopping centre to Victoria rail station. In fact it is just over the road from the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Currently, it hosts award-winning Hamilton, one of the biggest musicals in town, and it was a double performance day. We wanted a table for 7.45pm and, thankfully, curtain goes up at around 7.30pm. A table was available.
From my recollection, it used to be a tapas bar but that is history. Service was slick and the food quality even if the portions were a tad small. Difficult to beat this restaurant for value at £17.50 for two courses and we indulged in crispy calamari with red chilli and lime aioli. Could not fault this dish or the presentation.
The wild mushroom soup with garlic croutons and chives was also superb and piping hot. The mains were also appreciated. The lamb burger, a special on the week we visited, was full of flavour and a good pick and my par fried sea bass (one small fillet) was served on a bed of crushed rosemary and garlic potatoes (a wee bit overcooked and therefore mushy), with roasted butternut squash and pesto finished with pea shoots.
The atmosphere was ideal for our rendezvous and the fact that it is right next to the tube was a bonus as the wind howled and the rain started to fall.
We’ll use this again and one has to mention the staff. The ones who served us at front of house and at the table were top notch.