Since it’s opening, Frenchie Covent Garden has been one of my favourite places in London. It’s set lunch is one of the best, and best value, menus on offer in London. Frenchie is the London out post of Greg Marchand’s Paris based restaurant Frenchie, where it’s had a huge impact on the city’s food culture and is one of Alain Ducasse’s favourites. But it has a very strong London link as the name Frenchie comes from it being Jamie Oliver’s nickname for Marchand when he worked for him at Fifteen.
The food is refined ‘modern French brasserie’ served up in a relaxed atmosphere with immaculate service. At dinner there’s the choice of the a’la Carte menu or a 5 course tasting menu at £60 a head. Always have the tasting menu, it is superb value and always has the best things from the short a’la carte on it.
The most recent meal started with one of their classic nibbles – a bacon and maple syrup scone with clotted cream. Following this was beautiful foie gras with mango that was beautifully rich and smooth and perfectly balanced. This was followed by Brill with a seared gnocchi, girolles and other mushrooms which were the perfect balance of woody flavours to balance the wonderful salty crispy skin saltiness of the fish. The main of pork with plums, apples and black pudding was the best version of this classic dish I’ve had – rich black pudding, a mix of sweet and sharp fruit to cut through it and the lovely fat of the tender pork.
The food is always immaculate and if you’re sat downstairs in front of the small open kitchen it’s wonderful to watch the team at work. Service is always smooth and friendly. There is little wrong with this superb restaurant, in fact to say that there is anything wrong with it is just to be nit picky. It is a must dine at and must dine at regularly restaurant, and great for date nights.
Price – Set menu £60pp, with drinks and service £105pp
London Lamppost Score(5 / 5)
Frenchie Covent Garden
16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH, London
T 020 7836 4422