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Le Petit Auberge brings an authentic taste of France to Islington's Upper Street. This classic bistro serves up a traditional array of delights including the ever popular croque monsieur and moules frites.

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La Petite Auberge reviews

By A S.

I dined here on Thursday night with a visiting vegetarian friend from California. There was a lot of choice for her, and the waiter helped pick out his favourite which she loved. We started off with baked brie and camembert, I had an amazing rib eye steak with perfect frites and my friend an aubergine dish. We then shared a massive chocolate and vanilla ice-cream crepe. All polished down with a bottle of Pinot Noir. After we paid the bill (only £68), we were given two glasses of chilled champagne on the house. La Petite Auberge has a great traditional french selection, great ambience. I'm coming back!

By Emily K.

My boyfriend and I ate here last night for Valentine's Day. I have to say I was really disappointed, and he was quite too. I'm not overly picky when it comes to restaurants, but something was awry with Auberge last night. Firstly, they were extremely full and I think they had over-stretched their kitchen. our starters took nearly half an hour to come, and they weren't being cooked on order, I'm sure. The staff were perfectly pleasant but also a bit away with the fairies - even getting our bill took a bizarre length of time. My main complaint really is with my main course. I chose a veggie stew with rice - not because I'm veggie, but because I thought it sounded nice. It was really crap. Over-cooked root vegetables with the bare minimum of presentation and hardly any of them, a bit of basic sauce and a cup of rice. Really not worth the money. I see the other reviews are great, so perhaps they had an off-night, as I say, overstretched. We won't go back there for dinner.

By Ken L.

Been several times for lunch. Excellent lunchtime set menus with a decent choice. Amazing value for such good food. Reasonably priced and very palatable house wines. Service has always been friendly and attentive. Just a great place with a nice continental atmosphere. An Islington gem indeed!

By N.

We have never ever had a bad meal in La Petite Auberge. The menu's great and the specials make things interesting for regulars. La Petite Auberge is lovely and cosy, the waiting staff are great and it's fantastic value for money. Check out the best Sunday lunches too.

By A.

La Petite Auberge is definitely one of my all time favourites. Fantastic menu, fantastic food and all at fantastic prices. What more can you ask for?

By Michael D.

Picking your way through the restaurants on offer in Upper Street, Islington, is a daunting prospect. However, for sheer good value, a cosy atmosphere and an amplitude of fine food, La Petite Auberge is the one to choose.

The Venue
Real French bistro fare is quite rare in London where the brasserie rules. La Petite Auberge is an unpretentious place where you can enjoy a good meal at a modest price. It’s tucked away on one of those parades of mainly restaurants that make up the commercial part of Upper Street. It’s fairly small but has a mezzanine level at the rear and the front opens up in the warm weather with a few tables outside. It’s a cheery looking place whose name immediately recalls its Gallic counterpart – a little French inn where you might satisfy your hunger and slake your thirst and feel quite cosily at home.

The Atmosphere
La Petite Auberge is nothing if not absolutely packed with atmosphere. The interior resembles a junk – or shall we say, antiques – shop, packed as it is to the gills with all manner of old farming equipment and bric-a-brac, such as wooden wheels, lanterns, warming pans, carpet beaters, antlers, bottles, barrels and strings of garlic, onions and corn. However, it’s not an assembly that is self-conscious about itself, just things that have been acquired over the years to make these objets d’art a la campagne a talking point during a meal. Rustic Provencale just about sums it up.

The Food
There are many options here, from the a la carte menu of starters, mains and desserts with specialities including crepes, mussels and French sausages (Toulouse, duck and wild boar), some vegetarian dishes, a light lunch menu, a daily set menu and four set menus of three courses priced from £19 to £23, plus a special roast on Sundays. Starters include fish soup, duck breast salad, vodka-marinated calamari, snails and, yes, frogs’ legs. Mains offer chicken stuffed with spinach and ricotta, lamb steak with rosemary, rabbit casserole and pan-fried boneless trout. The light lunch menu has salads, baguettes, omelettes, croque monsieur and mussels. And with chips and most vegetables at a sensible £1.50 a portion, it’s hard to overspend at La Petite Auberge.

The daily menu is £6.95 for two courses or £8.50 for three and very good value it is. Many of the dishes are already on the main list and there’s enough choice to make it worth ordering from the set menu. Starters include a soup, smoked salmon salad, stuffed mushrooms, goat’s cheese salad, and whitebait. The mushrooms are packed with garlic and smothered in piping hot cheese, an irresistible combination. The roundel of goat’s cheese is warmed through and presented on a bed of mixed leaves with an accompanying jug of tangy French dressing to make another good choice. From the mains the artichoke gratine is a mix of chunks of the vegetable mixed with tomatoes in a thick cheese sauce, and very satisfying it is. The fish casserole proves to be an excellent mix of fresh salmon, tuna and white fish in the smoothest and creamiest of sauces with a julienne of mixed vegetables: very delicate in flavour and absolutely delicious. The bonus is finding it on a bargain-priced menu.

The excitement doesn’t end there, either. For dessert the set menu’s Bavarois parfait is a nice fruit and cream pudding with a mousse-like consistency. This one is flavoured with raspberry puree and served with a raspberry sauce to make a really top treat. The ice cream, chocolate or vanilla with raspberry sauce, is also recommendable.

The Drink
For a smallish bistro, La Petite Auberge has an impressively large wine list, upwards of thirty bottles. The house wine is a very drinkable Grand Cuvee vin de pays d’Oc, in white or red, at £3.75 a glass or £12.50 a bottle. Other wines are priced from around £13 to £48 a bottle. There are dessert wines, the usual spirits and liqueurs, beers, soft drinks, juices and mineral waters, teas and coffees and all at reasonable prices.

The Last Word
Apart from a few exceptions, Upper Street in Islington is not an area known for the cheapness of its restaurants, which is why La Petite Auberge is so welcome. It serves good, honest food at a fair price that does not compromise on the ingredients or in the cooking. Here’s one place that the credit crunch has, mercifully, not affected yet.

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