There’s a French revolution sweeping our restaurant scene – grand Parisian-style brasseries seem to be flavour of the season in London’s West End. But this little place on Stoke Newington Road is anything but grand; it’s like one of those casual and hip places you might find in a less touristy bit of Paris. It will be on a side street and full of locals; the proprietor is possibly a bit tipsy, and perhaps plays a guitar. You sit drinking tumblers of house wine until it closes at an indeterminate hour. This has never happened to me, but it’s what I imagined on a rainy night in Stokey, in this art-filled and singular new bistro.
There’s a choice of a £23 three-course set menu, limited in choice, enticing in description and restricted entirely to a single blackboard propped up helpfully next to your table. On it is listed the likes of pork confit terrine, or salad with leaves foraged from Hackney Marshes – it’s a wonder there’s any of Hackney Marshes left, defoliated as it is seemingly daily by a hunched-over brigade of trendy chefs.
A further menu of small plates lets you pick and choose – we chose ginger marinated salmon, a superior charcuterie plate and fennel and courgette ‘carpaccio’ with parmesan. They were all delightful, as was the carafe of house red, as is no doubt the many absinthes, which are best saved for a late-night visit (last orders are at midnight).
In keeping with the Parisian feel, downstairs is a dim little cabaret space, where at weekends slightly rude and no doubt very French acts perform in various states of dress. There’s nothing else like this in Stoke Newington, and not much else like it in London – we say ‘oui’.
|Venue name:||Oui Madame|
Stoke Newington Road
|Transport:||Overground: Dalston Junction; Dalston Kingsland|
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Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
- 5 star:9
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:3
Shame. We used to love this place... Especially for the atmosphere, service.. as Vivianne said charmingly French with a twist... We went twice last Friday as a group of four and two weeks ago with my boyfriend. We won't be coming back. Twice poor service, food late, my dish burnt, had to wait twenty minutes, no compensation.. the waiter was quite drunk... might be cool sometime not when it affects the service. Such a shame. We will head back to Shoreditch, where it's more pricy but at least where standards are kept.. Overrated. I was one of your fans.. Shame.
I love this place! The atmosphere is always dynamic and charmingly French with a twist.
If you want a good time in Stokey, this would be the pearl!
I highly recommend the drinks!
For £15 I expect a main course that is at least edible. Ordered aubergine lasagne (which should have read aubergine "lasagne", or parmigiana as it's more commonly known), but it was so salty and the aubergine so undercooked that I couldn't actually eat it. Plus, you don't serve parmigiana in a dish on its own - you need some salad or bread or something to balance it out, even if it's the most delicious rendition in the world (which I think I've made clear, it definitely wasn't).
I don't think the cocktails are particularly good either - if you're not talented enough to come up with something inspired then just serve up the classics. Experimental ginger/herbal/chilli/gin creations......not good.
Fab! Saturday night, group of us, had delicious moist chicken as part of the set menu with delicious dessert for reasonably priced £23, my boyfriend added £4 for the steak. Lovely music downstairs and the place has a special original feel to it. Music downstairs lovely. Only point to improve is the friendly, yet confused, service... We'll be back!!
Went to Oui Madame last Thursday after a friend recommended it - wasn't disappointed!
After having a bunch of tasty tapas type "sharing plates" we were invited downstairs for a night of jazz!
Such a lovely evening, delicious food, great wine and then amazing live music to follow!
Can't wait for the next time!
Friendly and cozy environment. Food is delicious. The best of it is the brunch, or cocktails or just all of it. Staff makes you feel home. Just a nice experience taking your friends out to dinner and chat. I love it!
Overpriced, confused staff, caff-standard food, cheap plonk for house wine but great cocktails: stick to the latter and become cocktail bar!
Two of us, Saturday night. We tried to book at short notice. They phoned us back to let us know they could seat us
We started by ordering a cocktail at the bar as we waited to be seated: "Oui Madame" was its name. They were delicious and the best thing about the experience.
Menu-wise, there was very little choice There seemed to be another list of side dishes that could be combined but we decided to choose from the set menu.
There were two starters to choose from, an entrecote (or similar) option and one or two(?) other mains plus the set desert of profiteroles for £23.50. The sirloin choice was £4 or so more. We opted for two sirloins and had the two different starters. These were Goat's Cheese Salad and Salad with Smoked Salmon (seperately priced at £6 each).
These consisted of a plate of salad leaves, some oil and a slice/tiny slab of goat's cheese (50x40x5mm). It looked like a processed cheese; the kind you find in your local off-licence. It tasted as such too. It didn't taste like goat's cheese. The salmon was equally sparse.
The barman then came with two more cocktails. We hadn't ordered them. No-one else had. We decided to take them anyway. Ten minutes later the barman came back and told us there had been a mistake and we wouldn't be charged for the two additional cocktails.
We ordered a bottle of house red.
The meat and Dauphinoise was ok. Soon after we finished came the bill. Everything had been charged individually. We told the waitress we had opted for the set menu and asked for the desert. Profiteroles duly came (cafe standard)
The amended bill followed. It included an automatic 10% service charge (no complaints about the service but nothing special) but we were also charged for one of the extra cocktails that we had been told would be on the house.
The following day I had a cheap wine headache for the first time in 15 years.
The conclusion is that it was overpriced and under-portioned.What they did charge was both confused and confusing. I would add that there was a touch of dishonesty with the shall we/shan't we charge for the cocktails we hadn't ordered as well as then us charging individually for each course of a set menu. The majority and quality of the food was more akin to a greasy spoon cafe than a restaurant.
This "French Dining" was an experience. The accents from the french waitresses and maitre D' help set the scene in what is now a trendy and happening area. Even the wine added to that French-ness, although it brought to mind more french winos glugging cheap plonk from the bottle rather than the restaurant culture the French are famouls for. At £50 a head, my overriding impression is of the owner counting his takings with a huge smile, thinking about the gullible British punters who have just contributed to filling his coffers rather than a restaurant experience I care to repeat, which'd have to be after my headache's subsided anyway!
Staff are very friendly and welcoming, food is absolutely spot on and good value, and the place has a great atmosphere. Service is pretty slow but we didn't mind so much as we were enjoying the cocktails in the meantime! Will definitely go back.
Fantastic atmosphere, great service and delicious food. Celebrated an evening with friends from abroad and we couldn't have asked for a better evening! Thanks guys!
Terrible service, ultra slow. We book a big table from 7:30pm and starters arrived at 10:15pm!!! Not a place to come back:-(
I love it! I celebrated my birthday there. The place is beautiful. The staff is very sweet. I had the steak. I asked for medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The Oui Madame and the fizzy cocktails were delicious. Great for before dinner. The music was just perfect! Highly recommended!
Loved it. Brunch is fantastic and been to dinner twice there as well. Simply loved it. Food is great, atmosphere fantastic. Well done guys. Well worth the ride from Shoreditch to Stoke Newington!
Food is ok but pretty pricey for what it is (for French food Le Mercury offers better value for money). And the service is poor: smiley but slow (plus, adding extra cocktails to the bill never goes down well!). Doubt I'll return.
If you're a brunch addict (just like me) you'll this place!!! On the week ends they have this great brunch menu which is simply the best. It is definitely my new favorite place in North London xx
Such a great atmosphere ! I loved the music, the food and the people were so kind and friendly; it's such a pleasure having dinner with my boyfriend in this place. I'll come back for sure and I really recommended it to everyone
Such wonderfull place, with delicious food! Staff is friendly and atmosphere's great: a place to eat or simply chill around a good glass of wine with a divilishly tasty chocolate cake.