On Monday evening we had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new summer menu at Aubaine Marylebone. The selection of Provençal dishes were accompanied by a cold, crisp glass of Rosé, and for a few hours we were transported away from the overcast climes of Marylebone to the sun-soaked streets of Aix en Provence.
On entry we were presented with a Lavender Apple Collins – excellent. The tall, iced glass contained a simple blend of timeless flavour combinations – Bombay Sapphire gin, apple juice and lime paired with the divisive flavour of lavender syrup. The result was exceptional, the subtly flavoured syrup inspired postcard memories of the lavender fields of Luberon. Fortunately one of the waitresses noticed my enjoyment and kindly brought me a second glass whilst swiftly removing the empty glass that had lasted all of 45 seconds.
The evening took place in a relaxed environment on the light and spacious first floor of Aubaine. Natural light flooding through the windows, and cheerful chatter encouraged by free flowing glasses of Cuvée Alexandre’ Rosé established the kind of environment you would happily return to on any occasion.
A selection of canapés travelled around the room, and we were treated to Scallops, Salad Niçoise and the highlight of the evening, Bouillabaisse with its rich tomato flavour, sealed the deal. Simply put, a must try on the Marylebone food scene this summer.
For the those of you with a sweet tooth, try the Tarte Tropézienne. A crème patisserie filled brioche, coated in nibbed sugar available in pistachio or lavender flavours amongst others. A great way to finish, and further proof that one need not venture across the channel to find excellent quality pastries in London.
Other additions include Miraval Rose from the Miraval Estate, which was purchased by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009. As well as Côtes de Provence Rosé and Lavender infused Iced Tea. It’s clear to see that serious thought has been invested into the development of this menu, and the results are commendable.