Le Mignon

Camden
Le Mignon is part of a little cluster of businesses among residential roads near Camden High Street. Small dimensions and faded furnishings give it the look of an unremarkable local restaurant, and an understated welcome and quiet atmosphere reinforced this impression. Sadly, the food cemented it. Fattoush was flavoursome, yet managed to be a little dry. Moutabal had an intense smokiness that rivalled the heavy tahini flavour of the houmous and the vinegariness of the makdous (preserved and stuffed baby aubergines) – in each case, they were a little overbearing to our taste. The pleasingly open-textured kafta khashkhash (minced lamb with parsley, garlic and spices, grilled on skewers) came with a ‘tomato sauce’ that seemed identical to the ‘chef’s sauce’ which accompanied farrouge mishwi (charcoal grilled chicken). It was tasty, yet reminded us of tinned tomatoes. Fruity Chateau Kefraya 2004 Lebanese wine is a good bet at £18, and Almaza beer (also from Lebanon) made a fresh-tasting change from the norm. Altogether, though, the experience was rather flat, and we found ourselves casting eager glances across the road at the lively Crown & Goose.
Venue name: Le Mignon
Contact:
Address: 98 Arlington Road
London
NW1 7HD
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6pm-midnight daily.
Transport: Tube: Camden Town tube
Price: Main courses £9.50-£18.50.

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Jake T

The most horrendous restaurant experience I have ever had in my whole life. Bad service despite there only being three other people in the restaurant on a Saturday night which tells you a lot about the popularity of the restaurant. Very over priced; three tiny mezze dishes and two glasses of cheap wine tasting like bubble gum which came up to over £30. In overall when we left the restaurant we felt like idiots for eating there. Just forgot to mention the tacky Valentine's day decorations still boldly used throughout the restaurant even in the loos in late March... So very not sure how they make money and survive in London... Oh and no atmosphere either... Anyway I can go on forever but don't want to waste my time anymore than this on this joke... Highly not recommended

Jen

Profoundly disagree with this review. Le Mignon is one of Camden's treasures, with well-priced food food straight out of the Levant. The decor may be simple but the food is fabulous - eat in or take away. And do ask the chef about his cookbook.

NW Eater

Excellent authentic lebanese eatery. Full of delightful dishes and delicious treats for desserts. Highly recommended.

Andrea

Went last night for the first time and really enjoyed ourselves. Friends who had been before suggested 3 meze and one grill would be plenty between two people. And it was. We particularly liked the Baba Ganoush and the chicken livers (which were in a delicious lemony sauce) but there is a great selection of hot and cold meze and between us we had 12 dishes and didn't leave a scrap. The grilled meats were fine and although a little pricey, not at all bad when shared between between two. I don't think even they most greedy among us could have managed a main course each. We ordered everything to come at the same time which worked well. We stuck to the house (Lebanese) wine and with meze, grilled meats, bread, wine, coffee and pastries paid about £22 per head. The place was buzzing and the staff were friendly and efficient. Lovely atmosphere. We were told that Alaistair Campbell sometimes eats there. Luckily no sign of him last night. Perhaps he drew the short straw and went to the Crown & Goose? We were perfectly happy where we were. Will be back.

Ben

You're mad. I've taken friends and colleagues here again and again and we're always welcomed and fed delicious dishes. It is undoubtedly a bit shabby and faded but the Lebanese food is second to none - better than anything you'll find on the edgware road. To describe a flavour as overbearing suggests you're not the right person to review a middle eastern restaurant and should stick to the flabby chips in the pub opposite.

Mark

Time out! Are you kidding. It is the best Lebanese in London. Decor aint flashy, but if it's the food you care about, and great friendly welcoming service, then nothing beats it.