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4 Heddon Street
Chic all-dayer Aubaine takes advantage of French café culture’s hold over romance-starved Anglo-Saxons. Baskets of pain de campagne, subtly distressed wooden furniture & soft, flattering lighting would be enough to impress most people, even without the menu of breads, patisserie & viennoiserie, macarons, mille-feuilles and financiers… it’s enough to make you want to cough up six quid for a cup of Mariage Frères tea. But this mini chain of urbane cafés isn’t just good for a caffeine & sugar fix: breakfast & brunch gives way to a menu of fashionable Med-influenced fare, for example roast sea bass with Kalamata olives and lemon oil, lobster spaghetti or Superfood salad with quinoa, beetroot & roast butternut squash. They’re licensed too &, surprisingly, have some global wines slotted in amongst the French contingent.
Image credit: Tom Griffiths
4 Heddon Street
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 380m
Oxford Circus Tube Station 495m
Heddon Street 15m
Regent Street 108m
Mon-Sat 10.30am-10.30pm (Sat 11am- ) Sun 12N-9pm
The cosy private dining room at Aubaine Heddon Street sits at wine-cellar level, offering an informal solution for business breakfasts, working brunches or all-day meetings for up to 27.
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Food + drink: 2
Booked a table for 2.30 pm and found no tables left outside on a nice sunny day. Were seated after 10 mins and a very flustered looking waiter took our wine order after another 10 mins, ordered a bottle of wine and had to ask 3 times over a 15 minute period where it was. Waiters just walked past, looking totally out of their depth. Finally managed to order and waited 20 mins for our food (bowl of soup & cold meats). Having watched the waiter take our food to the wrong table he brought it to us. When we'd finished, the plates weren't collected and waiters kept walking past our table and empty plates, people around us with no food on their tables, no drinks, started getting up to leave as no one had managed to take their orders. Finally we gave up, finished our wine, got up to leave and pay for our starters and wine and told the staff not to bother with our main course. They then had the cheek to include a service charge on our bill… 1hour for wine and starters, terrible service, terrible waiters, no good as a dining experience. Do not book at this place.
Food + drink: 4
The atmosphere of Aubaine is overly feminine and artificial. Actually, there may not be any atmosphere. The room looks like a washed-out (as in pale) garden conservatory, with tables spaced so closely together that backs of chairs rub against one another and you could easily reach across to sample your fellow diners' meals. Nonetheless, the food is reasonable for lunch. There are enough choices on the menu to please everyone, and the quality of the food is fine for a pre-theatre type meal. I wouldn't book this place for a romantic evening (or any dinner, for that matter) – but as a reliable lunch venue it fits the bill.
Be careful of sales tactics here. I wanted breakfast which should have involved at £3 croissant and £3 pot of tea at most. I got a piece of cake that was next to the croissants and was charged £6 for it… (after they couldnt serve me 2 of the items on the breakfast menu). Total bill was £10 for 1 small cup of tea and an inch thick slice of cake… I wont be going back.
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