Last week I attended the launch of Aubaine‘s new summer menu inspired by Provençal France. Taking place at one of their nine London restaurants, the Marylebone venue played host to the waiting press.
Aubaine describes itself as having an air of relaxed sophistication which is something that really comes across in both the atmosphere and interior as well as the food. Whilst passers by enjoyed their dinner downstairs, the upper level was transformed into a lavender draped, sun drenched haven fit for the South of France.
Guests were invited to sample dishes off the main menu as well as delectable desserts, regional wine and lavender infused cocktails. The chefs have created a special set menu for the summer to showcase the rich gastronomic roots at the heart of the region. This exquisite French cuisine has been expertly adapted to suit urban Londonites whilst still managing to retain traditional flavours.
I really enjoyed the canapés on offer and loved the presentation using beautiful edible flowers. But what really stood out for me was dessert. With three tempting desserts on offer, I couldn’t resist trying them all.
First up was tarte tropézienne, originating from St Tropez and a rare find in London. The dessert is made up of a sweet brioche bun filled with an indulgent layer of smooth cream. Choose vanilla, pistachio or my personal favourite, orange blossom, which was the chef’s special twist on traditional flavours.
Next I tried le frasier, made up of strawberries, crème pâtissèrie and extra virgin olive oil. The dessert looks a bit like a softer cheesecake and I was a bit skeptical on the oil before I tasted it but whatever it’s adding it definitely works. This was my favourite out of the three.
Lastly, I had the menton lemon tart, a dish traditionally served at the annual Lemon Festival in the pretty, French town of Menton. A refreshing, zesty mix between a custard and a mousse, sat on top of a crispy base.
All of the desserts had just the right amount of sweetness and flavour to them and weren’t overbearing at all, so I was ready to try a lavender infused cocktail soon after.
Our barman for the evening was busy concocting away directly in the hot gaze of the setting sun but that didn’t stop him from smiling. There was a bespoke touch to the cocktail mixing with guests able to choose from either vodka or gin, and a selection of fresh fruit. I had a gin based lavender tea infusion with blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate – delicious!
To top off my experience, after trying the range of rosé on offer, I can now say I’ve tasted wine taken straight from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s vineyard!
To try Aubaine’s limited summer menu for yourself, visit any of their London restaurants at Marylebone, Kensington, Mayfair, Regent Street, Hyde Park, Broadgate Circle, Brompton Cross, Wimbledon or Selfridges.
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