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The Aubrey London, is the remarkable new drinking and dining space within The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The Aubrey, which replaces Bar Boulud, is described as ‘an eccentric Izakaya’ with two distinctive bar experiences and accompanying Japanese cuisine. It is the first UK venture of Maximal Concepts, a multi award-winning international restaurant group with its roots in Hong Kong, who have partnered with Mandarin Oriental in both Hong Kong and London.
Drinks lie at the heart of the izakaya, with signature and seasonal cocktails created by Bar Director, Pietro Rizzo and overseen by Maximal Concepts in Hong Kong where the Aubrey Hong Kong opened in 2021 in Mandarin Oriental’s flagship hotel in the city. With a focus on Sake, varieties come from emerging breweries as well as rare and unusual releases for those more familiar with Japan’s national drink, such as Masumi – a sparkling Sake – and Sohomare. A wide range of Japanese premium spirits are used in creative cocktails such as The Black Cat (Ki No Bi Gin, Yuzu Liqueur, Tonic Reduction) andTorii (Rice Shochu, Homemade Grapefruit Soda). The space will feature the city’s first omakase cocktail bar, guests will enjoy the bartenders’ expert creations and extensive collection of rare spirits, as they craft a personal experience, so often a feature in Japanese restaurants.
The food menu draws on the classical techniques of Edomae sushi, Tempura and Robata, and the overall experience is an interpretation of the philosophy of a traditional izakaya. Guests can enjoy small dishes designed for sharing, with expert drink pairings in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, served to the soundtrack of Japanese trap music, capturing the energy of a night out in Ginza. Japanese Oysters and The Aubrey’s own-label Caviar start the menu, along with interesting bar snacks such as Charcoal Chicken Karaage with yuzu mayo or Crab Korokke with tonyu béchamel and kani miso. Edomae Sushi and Sashimi, Tempura and small plates including the decadent Wagyu Sando lead to dishes on the Robata grill, where premium cuts of Iberico Pork and Saikyo Sablefish are expertly cooked over hot coals. Japanese patisserie and desserts include White Miso Soufflé and Black Sesame Cheesecake with citrus marshmallow. Lunch is served daily, centered around the bento box.
Art is a key element of the design and pays respect to the timeless elegance and expression of the Japonisme movement, and in particular, the 19th century British artist and illustrator, Aubrey Beardsley, whose name inspired the venue.
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