As the summer continues, our mission to find the most innovative brunches across London also goes on. Having grown up in Helsinki as a child, naturally I gravitate towards a menu that is Nordic-themed, so when hearing that Aster, a Nordic-French restaurant had introduced a new vegan brunch menu, I had to try it out. What’s more, Aster has partnered with Ketel One vodka and vegan Nordic skincare brand, Lumene this summer – not only do you walk out the door full of delicious vegan food with a Nordic twist, you also get a little gift bag full of Finnish, vegan, skincare goodies.

We love a female chef heading up a restaurant here at #TeamCoco and Chef Patron Helena Puolakka, originally from the south-west coast of Finland, has created a beautiful plant based menu which has not let us down.

Inspired with Finnish nature at its heart, Helena has designed a unique experience which combines both pure ingredients with the radiance of seasonal summer produce. Filled with warm, refreshing and unique flavour combinations, the menu offers dishes such as heritage tomatoes with baby basil and sherry dressing; teff (gluten-free flour) pancakes topped with an invigorating golden drizzle; perfectly smoked courgettes with super seeds and restoring mushrooms on toast with herb salad…hungry yet? For those who have a sweet tooth, Helena Puolakka has created desserts which reflect the purity and youthful glow of Scandinavia including fresh pineapple with chilli and vanilla which I can confirm is more than delicious, alongside mango with rich coconut cream.

Aster really is a shining star in terms of culinary offering and has changed the traditional brunch game once again! Oh, also, it is really instagrammable; with flowers hanging from the wall, sleek white marble bars and a general cool, minimalistic Nordic interior – it is a #TeamCoco brunch dream.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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