With the news that French restaurant chain Aubaine is soon to be joining the Marylebone foodie haven of Moxon Street, we thought it would be a good idea to get a sneak preview of what’s to come by visiting an Aubaine that was already tucked away within Marylebone’s borders.
The current Marylebone offering is to be found on the second floor of Selfridges, within the ladies shoes department. Discretely divided from the dimly lit and very chic shopping floor, you are welcomed to Aubaine by the light pouring in from the back of the restaurant where we were sat by the windows – although not a big space the careful use of mirrored walls makes the place feel bright and airy.
We were in the mood for a light lunch but with an extensive menu our discipline was tested. The crab, broccoli, bitter leaves and shellfish bisque that we shared to start made for a light, well balanced and refreshing summery dish.
For our main course I tried the very simple and fresh the Ugie Smoked Salmon Salad with beetroot, potato, egg and dill crème fraîche. The dill was great but if I had to be critical the dish needed a tad more dressing.
Editor Alex’s discipline went out the window completely (he’s currently running around Hyde Park…), choosing the rich and creamy Lobster Spaghetti, served with a tomato and basil bisque. Fortunately the lobster was soft and far from rubbery, often the failing of lobster based dishes.
With mains out of the way, we wrapped our meal up after choosing from a selection of patisseries for the day. One raspberry tart and a chocolate moelleux rounded off a lovely meal.
A great retreat from shopping or a quiet place for a light bite for lunch. We look forward to seeing the new restaurant open in Moxon Street!
2nd Floor, Selfridges
400 Oxford St
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Phone: 020 7318 3738