Review on L'Absinthe

L'Absinthe's seasoned owner Jean-Christophe Slowik (JC to his friends) is a famous face who, before this Primrose Hill venture, has worked out front in many of the capital's top French restaurants and was a sidekick of Marco Pierre White for nigh on 20 years. He has transformed these premises into a buzzy neighbourhood bistro with a wine shop attached.

Posters, candles and dark wood furniture add to the bistro mood, menus are written in French and English, specials are chalked up on a blackboard, and prices are a blessing in these crunch times. It's a decidedly agreeable prospect. All the usual culinary suspects are in good order, from French onion soup and Lyonnaise salad to cassoulet and steak frites. In between, expect leeks vinaigrette, pan-fried salmon with spinach and beurre blanc, or confit of duck with Savoy cabbage

As a finale, it has to be tarte Tatin, crème brûlée or perhaps something from the all-French cheeseboard. The wine business means that all bottles on the suitably patriotic, personally chosen list can be offered at shop prices, plus a small corkage charge.

L'Absinthe is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens

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Christophe Fabre

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 8.00am (9.00am Sat) through until
Lunch: 2.30pm (3.00pm Sat (12.00 - 3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm tue-Sat (6.00 - 9.00pm Sun)

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Facilities at L'Absinthe

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • 65 covers


40 Chalcot Road
Primrose Hill
North West London

Nearest tube station: Chalk Farm

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