[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t might be the warmest October since the dawn of time (t- shirt weather! it’s glorious) my bucket of Halloween sweets for trick or treaters awaits at the front door, and I have a hankering for a leggings clad David Bowie and dance magic goblins. But no matter- because Christmas is coming! I haven’t gone bonkers, but thanks to Aubaine’s Christmas showcase on Thursday night, I am getting the festive twinkle in my eyes. There were pine cones and garlands and mulled wine and delicious desserts. Did I mention mulled wine? That is Christmas in a cup, right there.
Even walking up Marylebone High Street felt festive- it’s such a sweet area, it’s weird to think it’s only a few minutes walk off crazy old Oxford Street. There’s no warmer welcome than being given a glass of prosecco in a candle lit room, and given canape after canape. Jaime and I then promptly parked ourselves by the desserts table and made friends with Sebastian, the Head Pastry Chef who proceeded to plug us with salted caramel macarons, croissant waffle slices and raspberry tarts. Sebastian is my new best friend.
We bumped into Alexandra from Zomato and met The Cafe Cat writer, Sally, for the first time, before spending the rest of the evening chatting over warm glasses of mulled wine and panettone, whilst waiters brought over tasting bowls of the new season’s menu. I had two helpings of tender roast beef with mashed potato, a delicious portion of halibut and pea puree, mushroom and parmesan risotto and sticks of roasted beef, tuna carpaccio and truffle chips. I couldn’t fault any of it, everything was a delight.
I left Aubaine suitably stuffed and needed the walk back to the station to stave off a food coma. December, apart from the Christmas rush of shopping and parties, is always a busy one for me (and not just because it’s my birthday month too…) and Aubaine is a lovely place to take time out for dinner. The Moxon Street restaurant we visited was cosy, and seemed like a nice place to have an intimate laid back dinner, and not just for Christmas.
Find your nearest Aubaine, here, and pop a macaron or two- my BFF Sebastian is a patisserie genius!