I had high hopes for Aubaine, given its prime location. The decor is good, it very shabby chic. My first disappointing moment was when the waiter read out the specials; both starters had bacon as an integral part and the one main had mussels. I am biased here because I am (slightly) Kosher, but even if I wasn’t, there are a lot of people who eat neither bacon or seafood for other reasons. Life must go on though, and the starters on the a la carte menu looked more than sufficient. I opted for asparagus, duck egg and pesto. The asparagus was good, the pesto tasty, but the duck egg was a fried egg. The whole dish was fairly good together, but disappointment number 2 stemmed from the fact the fried egg did not look at all glamorous. Who wants to go out and eat something they could have made at home (if i’m 100% I couldn’t taste the difference between a duck egg and a chicken egg). For main I chose the cannon of lamb with aubergine puree and provencial vegetables. I was given three or four tiny and depressed-looking pieces of tough lamb. Disappointment number three. The aubergine puree was nice but there was more puree than lamb so had nothing to scoop it up with. The provencial vegetables were just a pound-coin size dollop of ratatouille. Things did turn around for dessert – a nice touch was the waiter bringing over a ‘show-plate’ of available desserts. I couldn’t resist the salted caramel macaroon. It was pretty god damn good, rich, but good. So all in all, they do great desserts but not such great mains/starters. I would recommend coming here for coffee and dessert.
Time Out says
Posted: Fri May 31 2013
This Mayfair branch of Aubaine is close to Green Park and the shops and galleries of Mayfair and, like the other branches in this mini-chain of French restaurants, serves up a short menu of traditional French cooking and excellent patisserie. The elegant dining room overlooks Dover Street.
Spring offer: 2 courses, and a glass of wine: £15
2 courses and a glass of wine for £15.
Offer valid until Mar 31 2014