Set in the heart of Marylebone, 108 Brasserie will open its doors on 7th November, offering a truly local all-day dining experience.
The new 108 Brasserie, just off Marylebone High Street at the top of Marylebone Lane, will house 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.
For those who want a sneak peak of what 108 Brasserie has to offer, there will be a 50% off food soft launch offer from 4th to 6th November.
108 Brasserie will be 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, will take the lead as General Manager and the kitchen will be run by Executive Chef Russell Ford, who previously worked at The Grove before joining 108 Brasserie. The Bar will be run by Ivo Ferreira da Silva, who joins 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.
The restaurant now also boasts its Chef’s table; Table 9. Seating up to eight guests, Table 9 provides a fantastic opportunity to discover 108’s meticulously crafted and locally sourced menu.
"This may just become my new 'go to' restaurant"Review Rating: Reviewed by KimT
I’d been along to try out the delicious afternoon tea during London Fashion Week which was an utter treat in the stunningly designed upper Pantry area so I was itching to experience an evening meal at 108 Brasserie. And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, it turned out to be one of my most enjoyable dining experiences of the year – and my companion felt that it was the best place of all those that she had joined me previously for a review. She even declared it comparable and “up there” with Michelin-starred Café Murano.
You enter through the bar (note to self: what a great place to meet for a drink. We’d stopped at The Reform around the corner on our way and immediately wished we’d come straight to 108). And the bar is worth mentioning too – large areas to stand but an even bigger elegant space where there are tables. And, astonishing in the evening, there were even a couple of available ones.
The restaurant is a delight. A smart parquet floor. Marble table tops. Small covered table-top candle lights emitting a warm glow. A central marble station from which the waiting staff serve bread. Tasteful. Tasteful. Tasteful. Even the Christmas decorations – large, strategically placed festive wreaths – screamed elegant. And the large windows provide a glimpse of the world passing by outside. There’s a wonderful corner booth – with warm, deep red bench seats – which would be perfect if you were dining with a group of friends. The lighting is friendly and intimate but there’s a real buzz. We both immediately remarked on how the ambience scored 100%.
Yet the prices are reasonable. Bottles of house wine start at £22 and champagne is from £34. There is also a selection of classic and bespoke cocktails from £8.50. The menu offers something for everyone – there are game options (partridge and pheasant – although on our visit they had sold out of grouse), salads and burgers (from £15.50) from the grill that would be perfect for lunch. Good fish and vegetarian options (e.g. spelt risotto) too.
To start with, I ordered a crab cocktail (£11) which was presented in a martini glass. The aroma of fresh coriander was a lovely accompaniment to the creamy avocado, chunks of white crab meat, cucumber shards and smoother brown meat. It was a sizeable portion too. My companion opted for the seared tuna (£11) which comprised five good sized thick slices of perfectly prepared fish under a garden of fresh herbs with a soy and ginger dressing and slices of amazing pickled radish.
My companion tried a steak – having asked the waiter for his recommendation of which to choose. She felt that her seared Aberdeen Angus sirloin with watercress and horseradish (£26) was good but not exceptional. She was also a little disappointed with her side of steamed spinach (£4.50). Whereas my main was superb – chunks of moist, tender monkfish on a bed of creamy, not-too-spicy curried lentils and crispy shallots (£20) and decorated with tiny onion rings. So good that I nearly didn’t bother with the side of hot, crispy fries (£4.50) I ordered.
We shared a dessert. The autumn-spiced fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream (£7) arrived piping hot in a small dish and was more than enough for the two of us. The fruit (rhubarb, winter berries, hints of Christmas spices) was perfect and the crumble sublime.
A visit to the loos is recommended. It requires you to walk through some of the other areas of this fantastic restaurant – the art is wonderful and at present there is a glorious yet still elegant Christmas tree. The toilets are beautifully decorated and serene.
It would have scored a nine – but, call me a spoilsport or scrooge – the music from the live DJ in the bar was just a tad too loud. However, the people in the fabulously stylish and vibrant bar appeared to be having a great time, so what do I know?
Adored the tasteful, elegant décor. Enjoyed the warm, friendly ambience. Savoured the beautifully presented food. This may just become my new “go to” restaurant.
KimT reviewed 108 Brasserie on Tue 16 Dec 2014
"Seasonal menu with local produce raises the bar at One08"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
It may be part of The Marylebone Hotel, but One08 is bustling with non-tourists. Rather than stick to the simple, sterile décor some hotel restaurants favour, the dining room looks rather lovely, with daintily laid out tables and comfy banquettes with cushions.
The menu is seasonal and European, and the kitchen has decided to stay local, very local in fact, by sourcing most of its ingredients from Marylebone Village itself. The cheese is from La Fromagerie, the pork is from Ginger Pig, and so on, all reputable and beloved of foodies, but this often means increasing the £££. It’s lucky then that a meal here is worth the extra cash.
Slices of beef carpaccio are sprinkled with Parmesan shavings, rocket leaves and a slightly sweet mushroom and truffle oil dressing, while an intensely fishy crab and prawn linguine owes its heavy flavour to the creamy bisque coating the strands of pasta. It gets better – the English lamb rump is velvety and flavoursome with a sweet, zesty rosemary sauce and delicious roast potatoes (even if the menu says they’re Lyonnaise). The meaty seared tuna steak tastes of lemon and herbs and comes with a generous helping of Niçoise salad complete with soft boiled egg.
For dessert, a very sweet sticky toffee pudding is extra sinful thanks to clotted cream and a puddle of caramel sauce; zingy berries ooze out of the summer pudding’s syrupy bread, and are tamed with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
And the final trump card? A handy sommelier to match wine with each course, so we learn to pair an acidic Italian white with the tuna, a slightly spicy Spanish Tempranillo with the juicy lamb, and a saccharine, aged Muscat with a toffee aftertaste with the sticky toffee pudding, of course. A three course dinner for two with wine is around £100; if you’re going to spend this amount anywhere in the area, do it here.
Leila reviewed 108 Brasserie on Tue 16 Aug 2011