Looking for a trendy and stylish London hotel for a weekends indulgence or just a night away from the kids? I’ve just stayed at one of the Doyle Collection hotels, The Marylebone Hotel and was so taken by the lush hotel and its central location I had to share the love, checkout my previous post The Perfect Honeymoon Suite.
But more importantly where to eat when ones staying away from home? Hotel restaurants can usually fall into two categories trendy stand alone restaurants or just a place to eat because you don’t know the city. So obviously the gap can be quiet extreme. You know what it’s like when you visit a city you don’t know, especially if your travelling alone and you feel the best option is to eat in the hotel restaurant as there will be other dinners on their tod but the food is far from great and rather pricey but what can one do its the easiest option? Then there’s the other extreme to hotel dining where their restaurant has such a great reputation you didn’t actually realise it was attached to a hotel and the vibe is totally different, buzzy if somewhat in demand city hotspot.
I’d have no hesitation in saying I’m a bit of a foodie and so is my hubby. Other than shopping my indulgence is food and wine. I used to travel around the world presenting a wine show so know my fair share of a good food and beverage and how they can pair well and work wonders on the palette. So 108 Brassiere and Bar otherwise known as 108 Marylebone Lane falls into the later category and what a gem in the heart of Marylebone Village. An eclectic mix of dinners for those who have impeccable food standards this place is a trendy vibrant restaurant producing incredible food, a divine wine or should I say beverage list and attentive and knowledgeable staff.
Located in one of London’s prime creative hotspots, 108 Brasserie is a popular destination in this thriving cosmopolitan community, and the perfect place to enjoy the buzz of Marylebone Lane, one of the capital’s hippest thoroughfares. The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a passion for seasonal cuisine made with the finest ingredients – from grass-fed British beef to artisanal cheeses – their chefs use only the freshest produce sourced from highly respected local suppliers such as Aubrey Allen and Upstream Seafoods.
I must say, there’s nothing more irritating than going out to a decent restaurant and the waiter not knowing their menu inside out or having to try and catch their attention and dirty plates lingering around for dubious lengths of time. 108’s service was spot on, our waiter was there to help the second we glanced up, he was incredibly attentive, checking we were ok, did we need help and completely on top of his menu, great job. So a 5 star for service. Timing wise the courses came out exactly at the right moment so hats off to the chef.
Ok so I’m going to post some food pictures but can I say oh my goodness the food was stunning, every course was mouth watering and just enough, so need I say more? We left after bread and 3 courses feeling completely satisfied but not bloated which is even better. My husband had the crispy pigs cheeks for starters and I had the beets and goats cheese which was amazing but wow those pigs cheeks where something else. Then for main we both had a whole lemon sole ( I personally love fish and have eaten at fish restaurants around the world), oh my these were simply divine. The cocktails were fab, we loved the selection of bread including one of their own homemade. The main sides were melt in the mouth material and just enough space for the yummy desserts.
All I can say is thanks to the chef and fab staff at 108 Brassiere for an all round incredible evening it made for a wonderful anniversary and this is now one of my new favourite eateries we’ll be back very soon.