I recently visited Aubaine Marylebone to trial the new restaurant payment app, Velocity, which lets diners pay for their bill directly on their smartphones.
Paying with Velocity
Having not previously used the Velocity app, I was a bit nervous about how it would work in practice. Would it work? What if there's a technical glitch? There were a lot of concerns running through my head. Turns out, using Velocity is actually really simple. All I had to do was check-in at the restaurant on the app and provide the waiter with my name. Then a bill appeared on the screen which was updated in real-time as we ordered dishes and drinks. Payment takes place within the app itself, so once we finished eating I pressed the payment button and we were free to go. Overall, a smooth experience and definitely a good app to have on your phone if you tend to go to the restaurants included in the Velocity portfolio. Don't forget you can get £5 free Velocity credit when using our referral code.
I had the salmon salad with pomegranate and lentils along with a Rossini cocktail. The salmon was well cooked and although I am not normally a big fan of pomegranate (too many seeds!), this dish worked well as a refreshing starter to the meal. I'm not big on salad dressing, so I was happy that this dish did not involve a copious amount of oils or distracting dressings.
For the main, I had the 60z Sirloin Steak Frites with Peppercorn sauce and my friend had the mussels with fries. Both dishes were well cooked and of good quality. The perfect French main course.
The waitress brought out a tray with a number of different patisseries to choose from. I picked the fraisier and ordered a Cappuccino to go with it. Both were delicious and the vanilla cream went well with the fraisier, which tasted just as fruity as you would hope.
Overall, we had a pleasant experience at Aubaine's Marylebone branch and would recommend going. The set menu is currently priced at £13.50 for two courses and changes every season.