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16 Henrietta Street
020 7836 4422
‘Frenchie’ was the nickname Jamie Oliver affectionately pinned on Nantes-born Gregory Marchand when he was head chef at Fifteen – although it’s hard to spot many Gallic references amid the bare brick walls, low-hanging light bulbs, swish green leather and marble counters of this “cool but chic” spot run by a staff brimming with effusive charm. Marchand’s truly modern, eclectic menu is also more Blighty than Brittany: clotted cream with irresistible bacon and maple syrup scones; Keen’s Cheddar accompanying ‘cauliflower’ mushrooms and ceps in vin jaune; plump Cornish cod partnered by wild rice and bean ragoût – even a roasted Brussels sprout canapé. Sharing plates have been wisely jettisoned, although the cooking retains its irresistibly inventive flair – witness sea bream tartare buried in pear, yuzu and quinoa, just-cooked trout with courgettes and smoky merguez sausage or blushing honey-roast duck breast partnered by miso aubergine, hazelnuts and plum sauce. For afters, try chocolate and malt with coffee sauce and meringue. Frenchie’s plush bar serves up sophisticated but inventive cocktails, while sommelier Bastien Ferreri curates a list of quirky, affordable wines. Finally, the open kitchen downstairs is all fire and energy – we love it for private dining.
SquareMeal Award - Restaurant Of The Year
SquareMeal 4 star
StreetSmart - London restaurants
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Best in Covent Garden
16 Henrietta Street
020 7836 4422
Covent Garden Tube Station 217m
Charing Cross Tube Station 337m
Covent Garden 87m
Africa Centre Theatre 105m
Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 5
Had the set lunch for a Birthday celebration, excellent value, must be one of the best value 3 course lunches in London. The Bacon and Maple Syrup Scones were the highlight of the meal. Service was attentive, but not overbearing, Puddings were magnificent especially the chocolate mousse with bacon ice cream. Wine list interesting, but pricey.
Food + drink: 2
We were truly excited about sampling this restaurant.
The reviews were outstanding.
The menu looked limited - but with the kind of accolades the restaurant has had, that must be a good thing, mustn't it? Surely every dish will be outstanding.
On arrival, we had to wait at the bar for our table to be cleared, after being directed there by a somewhat nonchalant front of house manager.
The tables are fairly small and cramped, and steel, in keeping with the somewhat unimpressive environment the restaurant offered. Nevertheless, there was good vibe in the room, so we were unperturbed. its just got to be good!
The menu is a little tricky - and the advice from the waitress didn't make anything much clearer - so we made our choices, and awaited eagerly.
A starter of "Bacon Scones" sound interesting, but are basically standard Scones, maybe with a hint of bacon, but I couldn't guarantee that. I was hoping for something a bit more interesting, and more typical of a starter than a tea-time snack.
The other starter - some kind of croquette, was just horrible.
The Foie Gras starter will not be to everyone's taste either - while it was creamy light, it was also extremely tangy in an uncomplimentary way.
The main courses were Veal, tiny portion, and again, unexciting, although the waitress made a full song and dance about the sauce that was added, and an Asparagus dish was passable.
The waitresses kept clearing things from the table before we had finished with them - as well as insisting on refilling our wine, when we specifically asked them to hold back on that.
In short then, really not a special evening, in a dull or basic environment, with unexceptional food, and chaotic service - I wish we had chosen somewhere else (as I am sure they do)!!
Outstanding food, service and wine (the Vacqueyras) . The sommelier actually pointed me towards the cheapest of my shortlist and it was outstanding. That happens infrequently. The waitress was exceptional and the place was buzzing. Pretty flawless. Good wine list with a proper range of prices. One of the best first courses I've had (the tortellini). New favourite place.
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