Now we know this lot from their spot in Camden Market, where they’ve flogged a meltingly tender beef-bourguignon-in-a-bun for a few years now. Basically, it’s a rather chic French take on a burger. Pourquoi pas?
Their forthcoming Kentish Town opening is the streetfood concept’s first bricks-and-mortar site. The brainchild of founders Paul-Henry De Vassoigne and Martin Le Boulc’h, The Patate restaurant will offer “a range of French-inspired dishes, including our flagship beef bourguignon burger,” say the duo.
The design of the new space, formerly the pared-back interior of recently departed Beef & Brew, will boast an on-trend “open kitchen overlooking about thirty seats.”
So far, so tempting. But what’s the signature dish actually like? Of all the stalls in the market, The Patate has only ever been an occasional hangover treat, despite our office being only a few minutes’ walk away. If you’re in the mood, however, the rich, herby, onion-laden red-meat stew is a proper winter warmer. Just swear to yourself that you’ll be vegan the rest of the week.
Oh, and if that’s not enough, you can top up the calories with cheese and chilli bearnaise sauce, or go classic with French fries and Dijon mustard.
So will this seasonal arrival shape up to be something of a worthy – not to mention carnivorous – successor to NW5’s quality steak joint? Time will tell.