I adore visiting favourite old haunts, especially when the sun is out and some of my favourite people are gathered about me. So, when the chance to have all three of these things lined up, you know that I lept at it – and once our diaries aligned, lo and behold, we gathered around a marble table top at 108 Brasserie in the Marylebone Hotel for a leisurely repast in the sunshine. Disclaimer: We were guests of 108 Brasserie for lunch, but all the years of enjoyment are very much my own.
I used to work in Marylebone, and the 108 Brasserie was a regular haunt – meetings, lunches, dinners and post-event drinks, as the classic and delicious dishes were perfect for every kind of palette.
So many things have changed since the last time I was at the Marylebone Hotel for an official review (but I’ve been a few times on my own penny) but I’m so glad to say that their Guiness bread hasn’t. It’s just as delicious as ever. [As an aside, whilst looking back, my photography has improved a little over the years!]
While we nibbled at the bread selection, generously lathing each crumb with the rich salted butter, we perused the gin menu, eventually settling on a round of the intriguing named Yvenia, a cocktail comprising of 108 Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, rosemary & thyme syrup, Aperol, mint & peach liqueur. AKA liquid sunshine.
We were so indecisive about what to order (and so busy catching up) that on our waiter’s third visit, we ordered a round of starters – burrata for me, plus sweetcorn fritters and crispy corn tortilla with guacamole, black bean, chilli & coriander.
Then it was lunch rounds (after we perused the dessert menu of course) so I chose the caesar salad – a summer standard for me…
… whilst the ladies tried the generously proportioned Massaman tiger prawn curry with steamed Jasmine rice, and the superfood salad halloumi.
Our unanimous dish of the day was technically a side – the crispy, delicious Fingerling potatoes crusted in a zesty coating and servied with a moreish sourcream dip. A dip that was thoroughly road tested with all of our dishes.
Then we rested our appetites, as we chatted, before ordering a fresh fruit salad with sorbet, and an apricot & Amaretti tart dalloped with rich clotted cream to share. Because we’re good friends, willing to split something as delicious as that.
The decor hasn’t changed since my last visit – an intriguing mix of whimsy and opulent textures.
The standard of hotel restaurants has sky rocketed in recent years, and it often now make for such a lovely experience both as a guest and as a day visitor. 108 Marylebone certainly sets a high standard in the beautiful streets of Marylebone.
Do you order starters to dessert, or strategically order beginning with dessert and working backwards like me?
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