Summer en Provence
I love France. I love the culture, the people, the language, and everything about it, having travelled there most summers on family holidays. So for a reminder of it, I headed to French restaurant Aubaine to taste their Summer en Provence menu. Based in their Marylebone branch, the restaurant was delightfully tucked away off the main road. The venue itself was one of French chic simplicity: huge glass windows with large white beams and beautiful lavender and greenery throughout. With the sun beaming in, it's very much a greenhouse of elegance. And with this amazing summer having finally arrived, I couldn't help but take in some of the most beautifully dressed guests and PR's (who, when asked where their outfits were from, stated some gorgeous boutique abroad; why can it never be Zara?)
Quickly handed a glass of wine on entry, the menu consisted of the French classics to start such as the Provençale pistou with Bayonne ham or a light cod brandade. However the main pieces were my favourite with corn fed chicken breast with olives and toasted fregola, or my top dish of la petit bouillabaisse, which was sea bass, red mullet, mussels, squid & potatoes.
Of course I also flocked to the desert bar for a selection of the finest puddings with Tart Tropezienne, a brioche filled with orange cream, a Menton lemon tart or Le Frasier, a crème pâtissière with strawberries and meringue. Bizarrely I'd had the first two before when I was in Dubai but of course were nothing compared to them at Aubaine being authentically made.
Finished off with some more fine wine, make-your own fruit cocktails where I decided on a concoction of thyme, pomegranate and lime which was utterly delicious and great company (oh and a few macarons for the journey home) I can't think of a better way to spend a hot summers evening being reminded of France.
Thanks to Aubaine for inviting me to taste test it all!