Time Out says
A classic French bistro and wine bar in Kentish Town.
Bonjour, Kentish Town. Ça va? Sorry, I’m just practising my French because NW5 now has a sizeable French population – drawn principally by the Collège Français Bilingue de Londres (opened 2011) and the proximity of Eurostar (ten minutes away by tube).
What it didn’t have was a 100 percent French restaurant. But that’s now changed, with the arrival of Patron at the bottom of Fortess Road. This small, cosy place, the creation of the couple who formerly ran Café Gourmand in Soho, has a properly Parisian feel. The tables are a bit small, and they’re closely spaced – but even that feels as Parisian as a stroll across the Pont des Arts.
The food, at its best, is wonderful: proper onion soup made less artery-furring by a tasteful application of toast and cheese rather than the tectonic plates of cholesterol found in some Parisian renditions; snails served with enough garlic butter to frighten off Dracula and all his brides; coarse, flavoursome steak tartare freshly cut by hand and expertly garnished.
A downside is that there are just four main courses (and no current plan to expand). Mussels, duck confit and onglet (skirt steak) have featured on the menu from opening day, while a grilled meat dish changes from time to time. The solution may be to construct a meal from small plates and charcuterie or cheese.
There are a few cocktails (ours was unexceptional) and a cheeringly inexpensive wine list (good drinking around £20 a bottle). Service is largely efficient if not exactly warm – authentically Parisian.
Patron describes itself as a cave à manger, which in Paris means a wine merchant that also serves food. If there was any wine on sale for consumption off the premises, I didn’t see it. But this is a matter of nomenclature, not quality. Of the latter, Patron has beaucoup. And large crowds suggest that le tout Kentish Town already knows it.
26 Fortess Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Kentish Town.|
|Price:||Meal for two with service around £70.|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 5-10pm; Sat 10am-3pm, 5-11pm; Sun 10am-3pm, 5-10pm.|
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Users say (28)
Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
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Nice atmosphere but disappointing food.
For starters: We both had the escargot for starters and they tasted off (they were cooked ok but the escargot themselves were not good) so we both only ate two. Neither the waitress nor the chef wondered as to why we returned full plates.
On to the mains: My girlfriend's duck confit was good and tasty. My moules of the month were also good but not great - the smoked lardons were too overpowering in my opinion. The side of truffle fries tasted good but because they poured truffle infused oil over them they were soggy and not crispy. Personally, I would have used truffle salt instead - but thats just me.
The desert: I had the cafe gourmand which unfortunately was below average. The mousse au chocolate was too dense and was most likely 1-2 days old as it already had a "skin". The tart au citron was half baked - I think Merry Berry would not have been impressed :). The creme brulee was ok.
The most astonishing thing was that they refused to take the moules off the bill even-though they were not edible - I even asked them about it and the manager just said I am sorry but I cant take them off. I was simply flabbergasted by that as normally I don't even bother to complain but they were that bad that I could not help myself...
Gorgeous food, have had the steak and duck - both a delight. Elegant but relaxed environment. Charming service and a tiramusu martini that will knock you for six.
Patron is a perfect little nook of France in north London. The team are amazing and friendly and the food is simply superb.
Feels like you're in Paris but with friendlier staff. I went recently for my birthday and every aspect was 5* and the food is delicious.
Patron offers superior cuisine, ambiance, and a very warm and delightful staff. I go once a week either with a friend or on my own to eat at the beautiful bar. It's always a treat.
A beautiful, romantic family-run venue that makes you feel always welcome and dishes out some elegant, delicious food. Perfect for dates or to impress your parents with your knowledge of good London restaurants :)
With a true Parisian feel Patron is my favourite local restaurant! They serve delicious classic French dishes and amazing fine wine.
Cosy setting, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Patron serves beautiful French cuisine, perfect for a local brunch or dinner with a cheeky Negroni!
A welcome addition to the neighbourhood with some classics and interesting additions from outside France. Friendly service.
This restaurant is so cute that when you walk by it on your way to Tufnell Park or Kentish Town (depending on the direction you are headed) you can't help but feel transported to Paris for a quick daydream. I’d heard nothing but great things about this place for dinner, so naturally I went there for brunch.
I went with a fellow foodie and we started with a croissant shared between the two of us - and yes there is such a thing as an appetizer for Brunch. It was delightful, although probably not made that day. It was served with Nutella and homemade salted butter and was overall delicious. Oddly enough, the butter was to die for! We could have happily just eaten the butter it was so amazing. For mains we both ordered the French toast as it seemed to be the best-valued item on the menu. It was also spot-on delicious, though very thinly sliced toast.
This is a great place for slightly more fancy/formal brunch. With its limited menu, quintessentially French design, and great service - I will definitely be back for dinner and most likely brunch.
This place just makes you happy. I love living in this area with places like this on our doorstep. We love Frentish Town
Great food, great vibe and you just don't want to leave. I also don't want everyone to know about it, but they deserve to win and be known.
I'm not sure whether I should tell .....about this best kept secret..... 'PATRON' in Kentish Town. It's such a wonderful place to eat and just chill out. The most delicious, quintessentially french cuisine, (mouth watering Coq au Vin, and the tenderest steaks and so much more).
The cosy but buzzy atmosphere is also complemented by its friendly French staff. Try one the house cocktails... but never try more than two of the 'Doolallies'........
My home from home! My favourite place, amazing cocktails and food. Honestly couldn't ask for more, Paris in Kentish Town with staff that will make your evening
This is my favourite place in Kentish town, and I go there regularly, with a cosy great atmosphere, lovely staff & fantastic food. little French gem. xx
Great new place, quality of food is excellent, the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Steaks are perfect!
excellent restaurant with lovely owners on trend food and brilliant customer service. a must place to visit if going out in Kentish Town
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