A Parisian restaurant opens its first outpost in London with bold flavours and a relaxed atmosphere
- Crisp belly pork
Red cabbage, chestnuts, black pudding croquette
- Roast Devonshire chicken
- Peppered honey glazed duck
Fragrant greens, kimchee & coconut dressing
Over the last few years, Covent Garden has slowly seen a rise in serious restaurants that are not just aimed at tourists (Barrafina, Duende, Native and The Barbary to name just a few). Frenchie is another heavyweight to add to this list. Parisian chef Gregory Marchand has moved to London to oversee the opening of the London outpost of his namesake eatery. The restaurant serves French inspired dishes using British produce. Sharing plates, as with so many new ‘casual fine-dining’ restaurants are the norm here. Whilst this is great for trying a variety of dishes, at full plate prices, you find yourself quickly racking up a substantial bill (the exorbitant wine mark-ups don’t help either). However, if you’re willing to let value for money take a backseat, the cooking here is extremely assured and the flavours bold. The atmosphere is high-end casual; the slight downside – it knows it’s cool.
Overall, it’s one of the best new openings this year and now that the trend hunders are moving along to the next big thing, reservations have become a tad easier too. So, book and go!
16 Henrietta St
T +44(0)207 836 4422