Les Associés

Restaurants, French Hornsey
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This curious bistro has operated from the same Crouch End sitting room for over 20 years, and is showing its age. Not just in the decor, which could do with sprucing up, but in the cooking – essentially French, with English touches in the form of ample vegetal accompaniments (both on the plate and in a standard side dish served with main courses). Our vegetables were cooked imprecisely and, in the case of fried potatoes with a spiced coating, unappetisingly. The same imprecision marred main courses of duck, rack of lamb and black-leg chicken. The raw ingredients were fine, but dull, gloopy sauces added nothing. There were good things in our meal, especially a flavour-packed provençal fish soup and a special of roasted langoustines. But there were too many letdowns, culminating in a tired tarte au citron. The high point is the all-French wine list, especially the page of bottles imported by the restaurant and chosen with skill. The shortcomings don’t seem to bother locals, who’ve kept this place going so long. We’ve eaten better here before, but would like to see more of the care that’s shown on the wine list brought to bear on the food.

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Venue name: Les Associés
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Address: 172 Park Road
London
N8 8JT
Opening hours: Lunch served 1-3pm, dinner served 7.30-10pm Tue-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then W7 bus
Price: Set dinner (Tue-Fri) £12 2 courses, £15 3 courses.
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SophieB
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An ideal restaurant for an occasion, this small french restaurant in Crouch end produces genuine classical french cuisine which is exceptional. The menu changes daily and includes things such as barbary duck with blackberry sauce, saddle of rabbit with madeira and melt in the mouth pigeon. I had the duck with also came with some fondant potatoes which were buttery as ever and some green vegetables which were scrumptious. Each main was £25, hence this is a restaurant for occasions, but there could be nothing to fault within the food. Every mouthful was sensational and you didn't want it to end. 


The waiter was the owner and he was quite the character. He made my coeliac seem like the simplest thing in the world and told me from the start what I could eat and could not. He wasn't rude in doing so, but more comedic in his almost brash attitude. Furthermore he had an excellent understanding of all of the food as you could tell it was very personal to him and he had gone to a market that morning to create the evenings menu. He gave us wine tastings and told us what would go with each dish and I must admit the red wine that I drank was the perfect accompaniment to my barbary duck. 


Finally the desert was also a delight. I had a chocolate mousse which was light yet rich and oh so moorish. Shortly after I was given my mousse the waiter/owner came over with some candied orange and said it would be a crime not to pair it with my mousse. I must admit it elevated the whole dish and made it even more tasty than it already was. I will be going to this restaurant again and hope that it never shuts as it is a real gem if you're looking for amazing french cooking and a waiter who will make the experience ten times better as he really cares for the food and the people he serves.

Joe S

Lovely quirky venue that ticks all the boxes if you want a genuine French bistro experience,,,,,, that is apart from the food which was trully awful. It remined me of what a 12 yr old child might produce if they were trying to cook a special meal for mum and dad and much of it was virtually inedible. I am not exaggerating. Combined with disinterested service from the waiting staff. Not cheap either once you've coughed up for drinks, Good luck!

Joe S

Lovely quirky venue that ticks all the boxes if you want a genuine French bistro experience,,,,,, that is apart from the food which was trully awful. It remined me of what a 12 yr old child might produce if they were trying to cook a special meal for mum and dad and much of it was virtually inedible. I am not exaggerating. Combined with disinterested service from the waiting staff. Not cheap either once you've coughed up for drinks, Good luck!

Gearing

It's in a time warp but you won't eat more authentic French in this area. Always an excellent night with good food and wine. If you like the modern style French eateries in town then jog on, this is the real deal and it will be wasted on you.

DaveL

This is the only decent French restaurant in the N8/N6/N10 triangle. Particularly good value at Sunday lunch.