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|Address:||61 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6LX|
|Tel:||020 3641 5836|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm Fri-Sat 8am-12M (Fri 7am- )|
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I've often walked by Franco's and noticed the bustling busy-ness of the restaurant in the morning and lunchtimes so decided to pop in for lunch. It seems to be quite often forgotten in favour of what is judged to be the more glamorous duo of Cecconi's and Cipriani among my friends and clients but from my experience yesterday it certainly holds its own. It comes across as more of a classic restaurant in style and perhaps also the dishes (although there seem to be some very creative daily specials!) I opted for a starter of Parma ham and melon – seemed the ideal dish to compliment the sunny weather and was very happy with it. It's a simple dish but have seen it done so wrong or badly on many occasions but here it hit the spot. For my main I went for the daily special of ostrich served with braised endive and cherries – The chef got the dish perfect – ostrich seems to be quite a hard meat to do well without it becoming tough and inedible but the dish was perfect – the cherries complimenting the soft pink meat perfectly. My unadventurous colleague went for the fillet steak which I had to try and was fantastic – I really should find out where they source their meat). Wines came by the glass as unfortunately I had to return to the office at some point so were left to the sommelier to suggest – both choices were excellent – a crisp white for starter and a deep fruity red for main and yet again I've completely forgotten what they were. Service was great – smart and friendly ensuring I will return soon – perhaps a breakfast will be the next stop at Franco's – especially at the value price of £14.