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Summer in Provence: Simplicity is Beauty at Aubaine

If there’s a theme to Summer dining in London, then SEEN reckons it’s all about bringing the flavours of other cuisines into our lives. So imagine our delight when we heard that Aubaine, the all-day dining brasserie (with its own patisserie and boulangerie, lest we forget) is celebrating all things Provençal from Monday 18th July to Tuesday 30th August.

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If there’s a theme to Summer dining in London, then SEEN reckons it’s all about bringing the flavours of other cuisines into our lives. So imagine our delight when we heard that Aubaine, the all-day dining brasserie (with its own patisserie and boulangerie, lest we forget) is celebrating all things Provençal from Monday 18th July to Tuesday 30th August.

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Their restaurants in Kensington, Selfridges, Mayfair, Marylebone, Wimbledon, Brompton Cross, Regent Street, Hyde Park and Broadgate Circle, will all be dressed in Provençal lavender for the duration. SEEN is intrigued by the menu of dishes, rosés and especially by the lavender-infused cocktails that Aubaine promises.

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Aubaine will mark Summer in the city by showcasing a special set menu of traditional Provençal dishes to tantalise the tastebuds. Diners can opt for a two-course meal for £15.50 or three courses for £19.50. Starters include Cod Brandade, Spring Leek and Lemon; for your Mains, try the classic dish Roasted Corn-fed Chicken Breast with Olives, Rosemary and Toasted Fregola; Dessert sounds truly divine. Tart Tropezienne is a confection of smooth cream and buttery brioche – with the added twist of a little orange blossom. This heavenly creation is the work of head pastry Chef Alix Andre and will certainly be SEEN’s choice, due to its rarity in London.

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Oenophiles will find rosés to delight them at every turn; Mas La Chevalière and Miravel, amongst others, are part of a special Provençal menu. SEEN is very keen to try the aforementioned cocktails. Lavender Collins sounds like the perfect aromatic Summer tipple. Santé, as they say in Provence.

www.aubaine.co.uk

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