The new ‘108 Brasserie’, previously ‘108 Marylebone Lane’, opened its doors last week having undergone a full refurbishment and with a new menu in tow.
Inside 108’s new Alexander Waterworth designed interior, things are a little glossier than before but still feel light and airy thanks to large windows and antique mirrors – which is good, as I was worried they might decide to go a bit dark, shiny and mysterious on us. The colour red is a reoccurring theme, from the staff dresses to the very comfy leather chairs – important to note, as there’s nothing worse than sitting down and realising your two hour lunch would be more comfortable sat on a park bench.
The menu in the brasserie’s dining space (next to a more informal bar area) remains quintessentially British, with a focus on high quality, locally sourced ingredients. The smoked salmon and scrambled eggs was a perfect introduction to the new 108, whilst my company’s octopus carpaccio was full of flavour.
We struggled with choosing our mains because really we wanted to try everything – and that was before then realising there is also a Josper Grill section that offers a whole variety of meat and fish options that range from pork chops to tiger prawns. Eventually we settled – one slow-cooked breast of lamb whilst I, a sucker for anything featuring truffle, was lured in by the spelt risotto with mushrooms, parmesan and yes, truffle oil. Beautifully presented, the warm scent of truffle oil filled the air as soon as it was placed down in front of me and I’m pleased to report it tasted just as good as it smelled.
With great service from a very friendly waitress throughout our meal and accompanied by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, there were few better ways to spend a Friday lunchtime in Marylebone. A visit to check out the new 108 Brasserie is certainly recommended… and it’s worth noting that 108 Brasserie is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner – one of the benefits of being connected to The Marylebone Hotel.
108 Marylebone Lane
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Phone: 020 7969 3900