Aubaine is group of stylish contemporary Provencal bistros, injecting a refreshingly new soupçon of French glamour into the cobbled streets of London.
I’m going to have to fess up that I gave it a ridiculously thorough work-through. In one day I spent 6 hours, ate 6 courses, one Macaron, a few slivers of roulade, sipped 4 glasses of wine, a glass of bubbly, and ate 3 varieties of seafood. It was delectable.
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Aubaine for my second meal, but my (many) opinions are only ever my own.
We independently chose Aubaine for a work lunch from reviews, and I must say it’s perfect for schmoozing clients. A beautiful restaurant with whisper-soft service that is well balanced between responsive and unobtrusive; all of the dishes came out in a timely fashion (which is no small order for a rather large disparate group) and were a pleasure to eat.
Knowing I had a full night ahead of me, my ordering was light and delicate – delectable Crab and Scallop Cakes (lightly flavoured with Ginger) to start and a lovely Large Smoked Salmon Salad. Crisp, tasty and the perfect lunch. The rest of my table ordered a variety of the menu – amongst which was the enormous Salt and Chilli Squid starter I stole a sliver of from a workmate. I was in seafood heaven, he wasn’t so pleased with me.
For dessert, I had a Chocolate Macaron – it was delicious, a star in true French fashion as I’d expect. The rest of our table ordered a variety of desserts from the dessert patisserie al a carte selection (a method experienced in Angelina in Paris) and were very happy with their desserts (I mustn’t call them puddings, it’s reticent of school dinners and congealed custard). The only hiccup was seen when someone ordered their ‘Naughty Nutella Pudding’ warm, which arrived cool but she still enjoyed it’s oozing chocolate centre anyway.
Later that evening, we joined a bevy of bloggers for Aubaine’s Christmas Bloggers Dinner.
We had the same wonderful service (of the utmost importance when faced with a table full of gossiping bloggers). This meal, we tried the lovely light canapés, Girolle Velouté soup, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Sea Bream with Roast Garlic Mash, Leek and Cockle Butter.
The table was beautifully set, creating a lovely level of ambiance and attention down to the smallest details, such as lightly herbed salt and pepper pots, and parcels of gingerbread men or marshmallows at east table setting.
Dessert was glorious – traditional French Chocolate Log, and a selection of heavenly desserts (which I couldn’t get a decent image of for your viewing pleasure, sorry!)
I had to take a requisite ‘bloggers in action’ photo.
“Simplicité c’est beauté”, simple luxury is their mantra. For further information, about any of their branches, see Aubaine’s website.