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True to its name, there’s something addictive about L’Absinthe. Set up in 2007 by exuberant expat Burgundian Jean-Christophe Slowik (who worked with Marco Pierre White for 20 years), this neighbourhood brasserie has won over the locals with its homespun appeal and quirky charms. It’s a fine spot for dinner with friends, particularly as the menu lines up unfussy bourgeois staples with some impressive wines – many offered at retail price (plus £10 corkage). Leeks vinaigrette with poached eggs or marinated herrings with potato salad might give way to beef bourguignon, cod fillet with ratatouille or confit duck with braised red cabbage and baby onion sauce. And with crêpes Suzette or absinthe-spiked crème brûlée to finish, it’s all highly reassuring. Next door is the Spirit of Absinthe, a café and deli/bar where you can drop in during the day for drinks and snacks.

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L'Absinthe

40 Chalcot Road ,London NW1 8LS

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by   gold reviewer (44)

Mar 2011

MARCH 2011 I'm updating my review from one year ago (below). I'm slightly sad that there have been no reviews since that date. However, for once, I totally agree with the Squaremeal description of the restaurant, which I think is more or less spot-on. Primrose Hill is lucky to have this soi-disant “bistro du coin”. As such is totally meets the description as well as being authentically gallic. I recently took my wife, two sons and their long-term girlfriends there to celebrate the youngest's 27th...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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L'Absinthe

40 Chalcot Road ,London NW1 8LS

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

May 2009

Been a couple of times now. Service always great, very welcoming & attentive. Food is average. Traditional french onion soup was nice, desserts not great. My friends' ordered a pear tart that wasn't thoroughly cooked so they sent them back. On a previous visit I ordered tarte tatin and the taste was a bit bitter, as though the sugar had been burnt. A real celebrity hotspot, we saw 4 big names in one night! A real hidden gem, very romantic & cosy, would be perfect if the cooking standard was a bit...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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40 Chalcot Road ,London NW1 8LS

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Oct 2008

I have been to L'Absinthe twice with friends and in both occasions food, drink and service excelled. Not only were all of our dishes perfectly cooked and presented (and please bear in mind I lived in France for a period of time and I'm extremely picky with my food!), but the attention to detail – i.e. help in chosing your wine only after you have ordered your food and not being necessarilly offered the most expensive bottle on the menu – is one of the best I have experienced in London so far.

Carla S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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L'Absinthe

40 Chalcot Road ,London NW1 8LS

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by   platinum reviewer (65)

Sep 2008

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A restaurant that offers wines no more than £10 or £15 above the retail price? The owner is clearly mad! Well worth the trip – the owner and front of house apparently used to work with Marco Pierre White, some of that madness has clearly rubbed off on him, he’s a wonderfully exuberant and passionate man. The atmosphere is lively, buzzy and very relaxed. The food, steak and chips with a bearnaise sauce, was terrific, full of flavour and barely requiring a knife. The wine list is great and offers the...

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robert b.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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