Sometimes, when it all gets a bit too much on Oxford Street, and you just want to rest your weary legs and put down your shopping bags, a restaurant offering cocktails, a seasonal and varied menu and, let’s face it, comfy seats is all you desire. 108 Brasserie meets all those needs and more.
108 Brasserie, on the top of Marylebone Lane, and part of The Marylebone, houses two distinctive areas; the bar, a perfect spot for cocktails and people watching, and the dining area where its modern and varied British dishes don’t disappoint.
On a balmy evening, which gives us a thirst, we begin our evening by inhabiting the bar for a generous gin and tonic before being lucky enough to nab a table outside. These are like gold dust so a word to the wise would be to arrive early and get your name down for one. Inside is just as recommended though; the combination of the stunning parquet flooring, red leather and burnt orange mohair seats and carefully picked artwork in the bar and restaurant create a sense of style and cosiness.
We are dining from the new summer menu and it’s a challenge to choose. We both pick the good-sized and fragrant sea-bass, sweet potato, plantain and avocado ceviche to start; it’s refreshing and melts in the mouth. For our mains we order the organic salmon fillet with a herby butter and the fish of the day (red snapper) cooked on a Josper grill. The most challenging part of the evening is deciding between fries or home-cut chips. Indecision (and pure greed) dictate that we order both.
The summer dessert menu has suitably seasonal offerings and we plump for a summer fruit pavlova and a salted caramel and chocolate fondant. All of this accompanied by a stunning and perfectly chilled bottle of Sancerre Rosé, Domaine Sautereau 2017 – just the thing for a hot summer’s evening.
With breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as afternoon teas on offer it’s tempting to just move in for good.