The Aviator Brasserie is located within the 5-star Aviator Hotel on the edge of Farnborough airport in Hampshire. A modern swath of glass and metal on it’s exterior, the hotel is uniquely shaped like a jet propeller, the hotel oozes warmth and charm as soon as you enter. A statement lobby, with circular levels to roof are accentuated by plush sofas and dancing flames from the open fires make you feel like you are in a home away from home.
The Brasserie is elegantly styled with classic black & white portrait photographs, leather bench seating and accents of chrome against the dark wood. This partners exquisitely with seasonal, locally-sourced British and European dishes devised by Head Chef & 2008 Masterchef finalist, Adam Fargin.
There are a few dishes that always jump out to me on any menu and one of these is definitely a steak tartare, so when I spotted one I knew this would be my starter. One of the reasons I love it is because every version has it’s own unique quirks which make it stand out from everyone else’s editions. This was no exception!
Unusually the tartare was covered with button mushrooms and slivers of truffle, but it was the accompanying french truffle butter and cured egg yolk that really elevated the flavoursome steak even further. Cured egg yolk was a new discovery for me and it’s texture and salted flavour combined with the smooth creaminess of the butter were a delicious spin on the traditional options.
For my main course I opted for a fish dish of grilled fillet of stone bass with turmeric potatoes, parmesan cauliflower, candied walnut and beurre noisette. This was a delightfully light dish, with highlights of flavour provided by the strength of the turmeric and parmesan.
Also, I just have to say that I completely fell in love with the beautiful Churchill China plates that the restaurant serves on, they were a perfect canvas for the lovely presentation of the dishes.
To finish off my evening I selected the deconstructed yuzu meringue pie with matcha tea ice cream and peanut & sesame seed crumble. The tartness of the yuzu was perfect balanced by the sweet mini meringues and the savouriness of the strong matcha ice cream. A perfect palate cleanser for a three course meal.
The Aviator Brasserie is a fantastic restaurant, as part of a stay outside of London or even a day-trip. The hotel also is the ideal location during the Farnborough International Airshow that occurs every 2 years at the neighbouring airfield. Throughout the year there are a series of tasting menu options, selected events and other dining options (One Eleven, all-American dining; Afternoon tea and a wonderful bar/terrace) to explore and I personally cannot wait for my next visit!
Nearest Train Station: Farnborough Main Train Station, approx. 40 mins from London Waterloo.
Website: Aviator by Tag Brasserie
Date: March 2018