Review on Frenchie
Opened in February 2016 in the heart of theatreland, near Covent Garden piazza, Frenchie is the first London outpost from Greg and Marie Marchand, who launched the original Paris restaurant on rue du Nil in 2009, followed by Frenchie Bar a Vin and Frenchie to Go. The name of the restaurants come from the nickname Jamie Oliver gave to him during his time as his head chef at Fifteen in Shoreditch.
Laid out over two floors the décor has been created by designer Emilie Bonaventure, who also planned the Paris addresses. Featuring neutral colours and exposed brickwork with vintage copper, brass and Scandinavian lights found by Marchand in the flea markets of Paris and Brussels, pink tweed chairs and leather banquette seating are set against distressed-zinc-topped tables crafted in Northern France. The basement has an open kitchen where you can watch all the theatre of the chefs in action.
Greg who has also worked at establishments such as the Mandarin Oriental, Savoy Grill and Gramercy Tavern in New York showcases a similar menu to its Parisian counterpart, with bistro dishes influenced by his travels throughout the globe. The kitchen offers up dishes in the shape of cured Black Bigorre ham, from Pierre Matayron or maybe bacon scones, maple syrup and seasoned Cornish clotted cream. When it comes to main courses there's Lincolnshire guinea fowl, spring baby leeks and coffee sabayon or from the sea, Cornish monkfish, fresh peas, pink grapefruit and lemon balm. To finish there's a bitter sweet chocolate tart, Maldon sea salt and bacon ice cream or you might prefer the French cheeses.
Service is knowledgeable and assured with an extensive wine list featuring some top end treasures, together with a seasonal cocktail menu.
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Greg Marchand and Dale Sutton
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.15pm
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express