Paris, France. A place so pretty, so full of romance, good food and wine, you wish you could be back there within a second when you feel like it (minus the travelling and actually having to go). Well, that’s what I wish for.
I don’t know why, but when I’ve been to Paris I feel like I’m at home. The good atmosphere and most importantly the French food makes me feel some kind of way. The food, the wine, the fun makes me feel alive and there’s a prettiness about France that is just so different to anywhere else. It’s somewhere I’d love to visit more if I could, if my time and money would allow me to, even just to indulge in the food. If only. Well, there is a way now and I’m utterly overwhelmed by it.
Aubaine* is a modern French restaurant, with many locations around London, that allows you to reminisce or even visit for the first time, the French/Parisian cuisine and good feel atmosphere for yourself. It is even just as beautiful. Yes, really. With 2 cafes and 8 restaurants in London there is no reason to miss this place.
Each restaurant has a bit of a different vibe, atmosphere and liveliness about it and I really love that. The individual cafes serve the traditional French bakery goodness and the restaurants serve up the utmost amazing modern French cuisine. The food is so fresh, full of flavour and oh so yummy. So, let me tell you all about it.
For my first visit I went to the High Street Kensington location, situated just a few minutes walk from the station. As I’d seen online, each restaurant is super laid back, rustic and tasteful with their interiors. The High Street Kensington restaurant is very welcoming with its gorgeous flowers, low-lighting, bright large windows and white wash walls with incredible marble and copper details.
I am a real interior snob and love anywhere with a great interior that you just want to take pictures of as soon as you step through the door and that’s exactly what Aubaine is like. B-e-a-utiful.
If you’ve been to Paris or have heard anything about it, you may hear the dining and drinks can be a bit pricey, as can any city. Aubaine brings to London the sophisticated French dining scene experience with a very reasonable price range. Its many menus vary from breakfast, brunch and lunch to dinner, desserts and afternoon tea. Today I am talking all about their Prix-Fixe Menu*, aka just what you need if you want to indulge in the sophisticated, impressive contemporary French cuisine for a very wallet-friendly price.
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The Prix Fixe menu is available weekdays from 12pm and is the perfect lunchtime ‘pick me up’ or ‘relax and fine dine’ dinner fix. Its menu caters for everyone to as it includes fish and meat options as well as vegetarian. I wanted to try out the veggie and fish options as they’re my usual go to and it didn’t disappoint.
The Prix-Fixe menu starters include soup of the day, roasted cauliflower or cod branade. As I chose fish for my main course, I opted for the roasted cauliflower* for my starter and it very was a good choice. The chef roasts the cauliflower in turmeric and smoked paprika to give it an incredible flavoursome kick. Then, it comes served as a very generous portion with pine nuts and pomegranate on top. Yummy. The starter was in fact so generous in size I could’ve eaten this for a main, so you definitely won’t leave feeling hungry.
For Sare’s starter she went with the soup of the day and again, a very generous portion size didn’t disappoint. The soup was a mushroom soup*, which Sare said was so yummy and full of flavour. The soup of the day comes served with a portion of toasted bread, almost like a sandwich for you to dip into your soup. This is as well as the complimentary bread they bring out before your meal begins – not complaining. Complimentary breads always goes down a treat, right?
So as I said, for main course I went for fish and went with their pan-fried seabream*. When I see white fish on the menu I just have to try it. Sare also went with the same as we felt we just had to try it after it being so highly recommended. The seabream comes served with a creamy mash (so creamy it melts in the mouth), a fennel salad and to-die-for orange sauce. The sauce itself is quite citrusy and sits so well with the fish.
The other main courses options are a portobello & black bean burger or a Sirloin steak with fries. French-fries of course.
As the Prix-Fixe menu is set for two courses, you can of course add a dessert on the end. They have an incredible dessert menu with something for everyone so we had to have a little taste. I went for my favourite, macaroons and Sare tried their new in dessert, a puff pastry filled with Nutella and custard. The macaroons of the day were raspberry filled with dark chocolate and my goodness they were heaven. I could’ve eaten 20 more if my stomach allowed me to, seriously.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH TREACHER (@sarahellen_photography)
The puff pastry looked insane and Sare said it tasted even better than it looked. When you cut it open the Nutella and custard oozes out and looks like true Instagram food heaven. Next time, I’m unbuttoning my trousers and trying that or their carrot cake… maybe both?
To drink I couldn’t not try their house French white wine. It was dry, crisp and fresh just to my liking and the perfect afternoon treat with a meal like this.
The Prix-Fixe menu is just £15.50 for two courses and you can view it here.
Thank you to Aubaine for having us and I will sure be back soon to try that oh so drool-worthy brunch menu.
Who’s with me?
* This post contains a gifted meal. All opinions and views are 100% and my own *