The recently opened 108 Brasserie, just off Marylebone High Street at the top of Marylebone Lane, houses two distinctive areas; the bar, a chic and sophisticated drinking and dining area and the brasserie’s dining space, where its modern British dishes take centre stage.
108 Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Tanya Yilmaz, formerly of Asia De Cuba and most recently The Club at The Ivy, takes the lead as General Manager and the kitchen is run by Executive Chef Russell Ford, who previously worked at The Grove before joining 108 Brasserie. The Bar is run by Ivo Ferreira da Silva, who joined 108 from The Athenaeum Hotel.
The Brasserie’s all-day menu, made-up of simple British dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients, centres around the best in seasonal produce. Starters include Octopus carpaccio with a tomato and chilli dressing, Argyllshire smoked salmon on the restaurant’s signature Guinness brown bread alongside dishes such as; Crispy pigs cheeks with an apple and raisin chutney. More health-conscious diners can also choose from the Salad section of the menu, as a starter or main course; Chicory, pear, stilton and pickled walnuts or a salad of 12 baby lettuces and micro greens with grilled organic salmon and a basil dressing.
The Josper Grill section offers fresh, locally sourced grilled meat and fish dishes, Tiger prawns served with garlic and parsley butter, Suffolk free range pork chop with a cider glaze, and Free range Cotswold White chicken, cooked to perfection. Other main courses include Confit breast of lamb with celeriac remoulade and green sauce, Roasted monkfish served with curried lentils and crispy shallots and Spelt risotto with wild mushrooms and Bosworth Ash goat’s cheese. Desserts feature classic favourites with a twist, including Autumn spiced fruit crumble served with vanilla ice cream and Warm chocolate fondant with peanut butter ice cream.
The Bar area offers a weekly changing menu of small plates with something for everyone. Dishes include Crispy salt and pepper squid served with chilli and lime, Cornish crab on Guinness brown toast with apple and Baked camembert from local cheese favourite La Fromagerie, with roasted garlic and rosemary. The wine list features more than 40 bins, including an English sparkling wine; Nyetimber Classic Cuvée at £11.50 a glass and £57 a bottle. The cocktail menu takes its inspiration from classic British flavours, the signature cocktail; The 108 Edition is a delicious blend of Maker’s Mark, spiced orange liqueur, Drambuie and angostura. Additional highlights include; Thyme Out – gin, cucumber and thyme infused Midori with lime and kiwi and English Spritz – kiwi, Kamm & Sons with elderflower and Champagne.
The interiors, designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, reflect 108 Brasserie’s traditional style with a modern twist. Rich red leather and burnt orange mohair upholstery combined with beautiful parquet and a dark stained oak bar creates a stylish and inviting environment. The antique mirrors and nickel detailing add a depth and sophistication to the design.
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Upon arrival we started with a classic Mojito and a more exotic Apple Fall which was a delectable combination of Stolichnaya vodka, apricot liqueur, Chambord, lemon and apple juice. Both cocktails proved a light and refreshing start to the evening. A charcuterie board accompanied the drinks and was brought promptly to the table. The selection included wafer thin beef, parma ham and venison salami with a selection of sourdough, soda bread and Guinness brown bread! The board was a delight, full of flavour and enough to whet one’s appetite.
To start we indulged in Dorset Crab on toast with watercress & apple and Crispy Pig Cheeks with mustard creme fraiche and an apple & raisin chutney. The crab was succulent and fresh with the pig cheeks being juicy and perfectly accompanied by the mustard dressing.
For the main course I chose seared Isle of Skye Scallops served on mashed potato and chorizo crumbs and my dining companion had the Whole Lemon Sole off the bone. The lemon sole was outstanding and perfectly grilled on the restaurant’s Josper grill. The sole was accompanied with lemon which enhanced the dish bringing out the subtle flavours of the fish. The scallops were a dish definitely worth trying as they come with the roe which is unusual but preferable as it adds a different dimension to the dish. The chorizo and mashed potato work well with the dish.
For dessert we had the Chocolate Fondant served with Peanut Butter ice cream, and Vanilla Cheesecake with rhubarb on the side. For those who wish to partake in a lighter dessert choice there is a selection of ice creams and sorbets available. The more interesting flavours include cherry, tangerine, coconut and peanut butter ice cream.
108 Brasserie is definitely worth a visit whether it is for the freshness of their seafood, the variety on their Modern British menu, their delightful and knowledgeable staff or the striking luxurious design – whatever the occasion, you won’t be disappointed.
108 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QE
0207 969 3900