I’m not going to lie. The wisteria drew me in. Knowing that the food was meant to be great too of course. But I couldn’t resist the purple floral interior. I decided Aubaine in Selfridges had to be the spot for Kim’s belated Birthday celebration – a meal on me for her 30th.
Aubaine is on the second floor of Selfridges on Oxford Street. A french restaurant, the interior radiates contemporary parisian chic. It’s light and bright with pastel colours throughout and wisteria hanging from the ceiling. An absolutely gorgeous setting.
The lunch menu offers a variety of modern french dishes with a nod to traditional cuisine. From salads and sandwiches, to black truffle risotto, Moules Marinière and a wagyu beef burger, there’s plenty on the lunch menu to choose from.
We had actually planned on getting brunch as it was bank holiday Monday. But I had assumed the times would run the same as a Sunday, and completely got it wrong. Breakfast finishes at 11.30am in the week. I think it might have been a blessing, as our lunch choices were fab. And it just means I’ll have to go back sometime for brunch too!
There was only one option for me on that scorching hot bank holiday weekend. A salad. And Kim was on the same page too.
A complimentary bread basket from the kitchen kept us going whilst we waited for lunch to arrive. The wholemeal, seedy slices delicious with a little butter. Crusty, yet airy.
This complimentary offering pretty much set the precedent. The service was pretty friendly and attentive. But at the same time, relaxed and not rushed.
The salads looked relatively average in size, but were actually really generous. Both looked so fresh and enticing. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have at least a bit of food envy.
Kim’s Salade de Chèvre Chaud looked amazing. Baby gem lettuce, mixed leaves, crunchy apple, juicy grapes and walnuts, drizzled in French dressing, and topped with warm goats’ cheese on cereal toast, it looked like one fantastic combination. Goat’s cheese is a personal fave, and there was a whole wheel on top! Plenty of it. Hence the food envy.
My Superfood salad with added halloumi however did not disappoint either. With quinoa, soft sweet potato, Tenderstem broccoli, juicy bursts of pomegranate and baby kale, it was fresh and filling. A light french dressing too, it was one fab salad. Really nice to have Tenderstem in the salad too, to add extra texture. A dish I’ll definitely be trying to recreate.
There are also plenty of starters on the menu from crab cakes, to ceviche and carpacio, and a handful of desserts too, including Nutella profiterole, and fresh bakes from the patisserie for those who have extra space. We can only wish we did.
The drinks list is extensive. As you can imagine, there are plenty of champagne and fizz options, including sparkling cocktails as well as wine, spirits, beer, liqueur and soft drinks. Both a little all boozed out from the weekend, we went for something soft. The Franklin & Sons lemon & elderflower, was fizzy and zesty. Just what I fancied.
- Price: Mains range from £7.50 to £28 – Reasonable if you choose carefully. But a fancy place to go all out if that’s what you’re after. Our salads were priced at £9.50 and £14.
- Food: Fresh. Beautiful flavours. The salads were delicious.
- Drinks: A large selection with a focus n champagne, fizz & sparkling cocktails.
- Atmosphere: Relaxed, Parisian chic. Beautiful.
- Wait: None. Seated straight away at 12pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Food didn’t take long either.
Where would you have picked? Have you been to Aubaine for brunch? Which other cute floral spots do I need to visit?