It was a balmy summer’s evening as we made our way from Oxford Street and through the little narrow alleys leading to the very chic 108 Brasserie. There was a buzz of people already dining alfresco amongst the stone exterior covered in seaweed-coloured vines and glinting onyx single cut windows.
We were greeted warmly before being shown to our table and at 19:30, the restaurant was at full capacity, ours was the last available. We were seated by the window at one of the beautiful round marble tables, comfortably tucked away in a cosy quilted, carnelian crushed velvet sofa, whilst my guest sat opposite in a matching slipper chair.
We couldn’t dine at 108 Brasserie and not try one of their delicious signature cocktails. My guest opted for the 108 Martini served with their very own 108 Gin, Noilly Prat, home-made grapefruit oleo Saccharum, olive oil infused with coriander. I chose the non-alcoholic Solero, it includes passionfruit and lime juice, grenadine, double cream, passionfruit syrup, a perfect recreation.
I was excited to try the summer menu which had been inspired by culinary delights from across the globe, with Executive Chef, Russell Ford, featuring only fresh, seasonal produce. We recommend starting your meal with the Seabass Ceviche with Sweet Potato, Avocado, Plantain, Lime & Chilli, the combination of creamy avocado, tangy ceviche and crunchy savoury plantain is an absolute delight.
The Thai Massaman Tiger Prawn Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice is fragrant and full of flavour with a generous portion of prawns served alongside baby corn and potatoes.
Finish your meal with the Raw Chocolate Panna Cotta served with Honeycomb, likened to a chocolate tart embellished with tiny pieces of crunchy honeycomb. You would never guess it was vegan, the coconut milk creating a delectably creamy texture.
We walked out of 108 Brasserie, bellies full to a captivating dusky pink sky and thought, ‘What a perfect evening.’