Frenchie 4444

16 Henrietta Street , London, WC2E 8QH

10 reviews

60 French Covent Garden

  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016
  • Frenchie London Covent Garden restaurant Squaremeal Restaurant of the year 2016

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SquareMeal Review of Frenchie

Hall of FameSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016Nantes-born Gregory Marchand gained his nickname, Frenchie, while working with Jamie Oliver at Fifteen. There’s a six-month wait for tables at his much-lauded Parisian bistro, so his London outpost was keenly anticipated. Here, Emilie Bonaventure’s interiors combine city chic with a hipster vibe. It’s polished but laid-back – like the welcoming service. There’s no six-month wait either: the ground-floor dining room features 18 bar seats for walk-ins; the basement with its open kitchen accommodates larger groups. A fixed-price lunch menu – £26/29 for two/three courses – offers three options for each course, while dinner choices are more extensive, with dishes designed for sharing. Deceptively simple descriptions translate into artful dishes, where every ingredient plays its part. Silky textured hot-smoked trout is backed by rustic Brussel tops and a scattering of micro-herbs. Juicy chicken sits in a pool of rich jus, with a brilliant dot of Meyer lemon purée adding citrus zing. To finish, bitter-sweet chocolate tart was topped with flakes of Maldon sea salt and accompanied by a lusciously smooth bacon ice cream for a thrilling combo of sweet and savoury. The sharing concept works ideally for two; with more you may feel short-changed. However that’s our only gripe – a success, we predict. 

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Pre/post theatre: 2/3 courses £26/£29

From a set menu. 1 hour 30 minute turnaround time. Menu not adaptable and dishes cannot be taken from the ALC menu to replace dishes on the set menu. Whole party have to take the menu. Vegetarian options available on arrival

From: 06 November 2017

To: 08 December 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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7.4

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 7.3

Atmosphere: 7.7

Value: 6.6

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Aw H. 22 May 2017

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: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Steve B. 02 May 2017

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)!!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Nick T. 10 March 2017

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.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Caped C. silver reviewer 23 December 2016

My overriding feeling is Frenchie is good but a few tweaks are needed to take it to legendary "must visit" again status. The food is nicely executed but not all of the ideas always come off perfectly. A starter of Salsify "pasta" with a creamy cheese and smoked egg sauce was a very nice idea. However, the duck fois gras whilst pleasing to the eye and beautifully presented had piercing and jarring acidic notes that overpowered the palate and spoilt the dish. Mains of Lamb three ways and Monkfish were both very good but could have done bolstering with some sides or carbs which left us feeling like the meal was incomplete and unbalanced. This is one of those restaurants where they decide what comes with your dish and curiously there is no option to order sides as they don't offer them. We ordered cheese. There is only one cheese option. At a top French restaurant, I'd expect a cheese trolly to be wheeled out in order to be able to order a selection. We got given three large slivers of the same cheese which become boring and samey - also what's with this trend of being tight with crackers? Desert was a lovely deconstructed banoffee pie pleasantly paired with an excellent desert wine. For me, the meal was expensive for what it was and I walked out still feeling hungry. Not good when you've just parted with north of £200 for two of you.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Clare S. 07 November 2016

Thought this was a great restaurant and the food was delicious but felt over rushed by the staff to order and that the starters and main course arrived too quickly. We went for a long leisurely Sunday lunch but were served our aperitifs, nibbles, starter and main course within an hour (not great). Thankfully service then slowed down and we had a pause before being asked to order desert. Eating out is meant to be relaxing for the customer and not a rushed affair - something that i think many London restaurants could do with remembering.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 02 October 2016

To be clear I applaud anything French, or Continental for that matter, to be 'imported' to London. So thank you to my fellow reviewers to explain the anecdote as to how the name of this place came to be, and indeed there appears to be a Paris counter part. However, the London outpost has, in my humble opinion a long list of defaults. The service was so bad that it appeared from a British 1970s sketch making fun of snooty 'French' restaurants laced with an almost lethal dose of "London hipsterdom". It was so bad it was almost comical. But it wasn't because the dining room is so cramped and uncomfortable. The tables were small even by Tokyo standards. Prices are unsurprisingly high and to balance the above some dishes were 'nice', but neither the wine nor the cocktail list were very inspiring. The downstairs with the open plan kitchen is slightly better, but given the good choices around here the concept is too flawed. Zut alors!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Richard E. platinum reviewer 07 September 2016

The story goes that Gregory Marchand, the man behind Frenchie, got his nickname from working with Jamie Oliver at Fifteen. You can just imagine the scene as the new man arrives and cheeky chappie Oliver bowls up: "alright me old china, where you from then?" "I'm French" "strike a light; let's call you Frenchie, that'll go well with Germanie and Italie". OK, maybe not, but however racial stereotyped the nickname may be, it actually works pretty well for the name of a French restaurant, although nowadays, I'm not entirely sure what that means. And at Frenchie things are decidedly Frenchish, if not typically French. Whilst the sommelier is almost caricature French, I'm pretty sure that "bacon scone" doesn't feature in many temples to haute cuisine, which is a shame, as it really should. The "humour" that young Gregory had to put up with has clearly rubbed off on him too, with cocktails like "Tequila Mockingbird" and "Love You Long Time" finding their way onto the menu. Again, no bad thing - the former being full of red berries (and tequila) and the latter a refreshing, gin-based number. Perfect to start a lunch with. The menu is based around small plate sharing, which is of course how most every restaurant does it these days, but the dreaded words "the dishes come as prepared" did not pass our waiter's lips, and the pace through the snacks, the "mains" to the desert was leisurely, with our friendly sommelier helping us from the good selection of wines by the glass as we went. Not wishing to be greedy, we went for one of each of the snacks on the menu: the aforementioned bacon scone (mmm bacon), egg mimosa (silky smooth) and pigs head with sauce gribiche (double thumbs up). For the "mains", we actually had a couple of dishes that were supposed to be starters: Ox heart and pappardelle were slightly bigger than the snacks (think three mouthfuls rather than one), but between these, some gorgeous aged Gouda and a pretty good chocolate mousse, we were nicely replete. But hereby lies the rub: yes, the food is often lovely, yes the wines by the glass are great (although far and away the most expensive ones were the dessert pair chosen for us (sight unseen) by the sommelier), but how can a casual lunch, at a casual style bar setting come to over eighty notes a head, when we didn't even have any of the proper main course size dishes? That's just insane. Frenchie is a lovely restaurant, in a lovely setting, with great staff, but be warned: check the prices of the suggested wines, as it can prove not to be cheap.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Benjamin B. 21 August 2016

Frenchie had been on the hit list for my wife and I since its recent opening. I booked it to celebrate a special occasion and briefed the restaurant accordingly when re-confirming our Thursday 2000 table (they kindly offered to put a candle in my wife's dessert and say a couple of words - that will do nicely I thought!). First impressions were good, with a warm welcome from front of house. Our table wasn't ready so we were invited to the bar area. Dave, the Maitre d' noticed my wife was pregnant (not the reason for celebration though!) and promptly offered to make her a mocktail of her choice or that of the house. A nice touch. Shortly afterwards we were shown to a table in the middle of the ground floor, across from the bar (there is some seating downstairs too, by the open kitchen - better for groups than quiet dates I would say). The table was right next to a waiter's terminal and serving table - the position would not be to everyone's taste, but it didn't bother us on this occasion. Incidentally, a couple of the tables at the very front of the restaurant are arguably quite exposed and can be afflicted by 'traffic', with diners milling around by the tables pre/post dinner. Anyway, on to the food - it was generally excellent. The bacon scones and egg mimosa were strong appetisers. For the starters, we had the impressive squid ink tortellini and the superb lamb ragu pappardelle. For mains, we ordered the monk fish and pork - these dishes were reasonably good thanks to the accompaniments, but the fish was a bit rubbery (assume overcooked) and the pork cut was unfortunately largely fat. Happily, the desserts were suitably well executed and enjoyable (we opted for the candled-cheesecake and the banoffee. Yum). I chose wine by the glass and thought the list was OK - unremarkable, whilst also being a touch toppy too. With my wife necessarily on the waters throughout dinner, Dave brought me a cocktail on the house given we were celebrating - most unexpected and a very cool gesture I thought! We rounded off with teas and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. 4.5 stars, chiefly on account of the superlative service - it wouldn't surprise me if the food was faultless upon returning.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Kathy H. 12 August 2016

I was on the Tube to the restaurant when I read Grace Dent's review in the Evening Standard magazine. If I hadn't been on my way there, I might have changed my mind! It wasn't a flattering review! Luckily I did go, and my husband and I had a wonderful meal and evening. We sat at the long narrow table that Grace Dent had hated, so we sat side by side by the stairs. We actually thought it was fun there as we had a bird's eye view of everyone, great to watch what was going on! The food was delicious! We started with the yummy bacon and maple syrup scones, as well as bread, and egg mimosa, then shared the smoked Arctic char, and mussels - both were terrific! Then we both has the lamb ragu papparadelle as neither of us wanted to share! I would say they were large starter size, but this was perfect for me, and the flavour was wonderful, the best lamb ragu I have had! Lastly, passion fruit cheesecake, with 2 spoons to share! Outstanding food and flavours! The wine isn't cheap, but there are a few reasonably priced bottles and the staff were really helpful, both in helping us with how much food to order, and also with the wines...when we wanted an extra glass, we were given tastings of a couple of them to try. The only small downside was that we were served very quickly, so we really had to slow down, take pauses before ordering the dessert, and coffee, We were there for an evening out, and didn't want to be straight in and out! In the end, they didn't rush us off the table and we did spend the evening there! It wasn't particularly cheap, but that is London for you, and we had a great evening.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

laurie z. 26 June 2016

Delicious food, well presented, great atmospheres!! Also fabulous location for theatre!!

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Pre/post theatre: 2/3 courses £26/£29

From: 06 November 2017

To: 08 December 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.