Dinner at Randall & Aubin, Soho

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London has plenty of cosy restaurants and one is certainly Randall & Aubin, bang in the middle of bustling Soho.

Randall & Aubin is a French brasserie with a lot of seafood on the menu. It is relaxed yet still a little bit decadent with oysters and shellfish plateaus on the menu. It is first come first served and usually packed with people, but if you get here around 6pm you usually don’t have to wait too long. Alternatively show up for a late supper when the crowd has petered out.

I came here with a group of girls celebrating an engagement. Luckily we got a table straight away and had a relaxed supper with a few bottles of cava, some nibbles and a main course each.

The photo above shows how hungry we all were; reaching out for the food as soon as it was placed on the table. That’s my girls! 🙂  We shared a half pint of shell-on prawns to peel and dip in mayo (that’s how we do it in Sweden too) and a few servings of their zucchini frites with basil mayo that are a-ma-zing!

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Gaby and I were seduced by the specials on the black board and both thoroughly enjoyed the lobster roll in broiche with skinny frites. So fresh and juicy!

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Laura chose the bouillabaisse traditionally served with croûtons and rouille.

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And Jenny had the crab and lemon risotto that looked fab, although the portion was rather small…

We had a great evening here with wine, good food and plenty of fun chat. It is quiet enough to be able to carry a conversation but still bustling enough inside to remind you that you’re in Soho. I would recommend Randall and Aubin for a date, dinner with other couples or just a group of friends.

Randall & Aubin, 14-16 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SG

The weekend is here…

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I’m a bit of an on-off kind of person. Either I’m super busy socially going like a whirlwind from one thing to the other and love the pace of it. Or I’m at home a couple of evenings in a row, not in the mood to go out, watching a good series on my iPad, cooking every night and going to bed early. Then I’m in the mood for another stretch of busy busy.

To mix these up so that every week was in moderation would be far too sensible (and boring).

So this week I spent Monday evening baking for the office (with one eye on the telly watching the last episode of Tom Kerridge’s proper pub food), Tuesday I met up with my friend Laura for drinks, Wednesday I had dinner and bubbly with the girls at Randall & Aubin in Soho (and lunch at Flatiron, reviews to come) and yesterday it was birthday drinks for Ro! Tonight I’m having a few girls over for dinner, tomorrow I’m going out for cocktails and on Saturday I’m having brunch with a friend from Uni I haven’t seen for a while. And maybe I’ll squeeze in some shopping too. Although this might sound a bit exhausting I know I can cope with it all so long as I get to sleep in on the weekend. If I have to set my alarm on Saturdays and Sundays though I feel like I missed out on a whole weekend.

I am not a morning person so making up for the rough awakenings of the alarm clock Monday through to Friday is the reward of sleeping until I wake up and lazy around in my PJs before starting the day at the weekends.

Have a great weekend!