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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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Frenchie

16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Birthday Treat

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May 2017

Editor's pick 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.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Case of Le Emperor's new clothes?

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May 2017

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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...

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Steve B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 3

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Frenchie

16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Frenchie's 9/3/17

by   (1)

Mar 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.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Needs a few tweaks to make it into a "must return" venue.

by   silver reviewer (28)

Dec 2016

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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...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Why do restaurants rush the service

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Nov 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Non merci.

by   platinum reviewer (125)

Oct 2016

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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ee gads how much??

by   platinum reviewer (153)

Sep 2016

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Editor's pick 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Superlative service and high quality cooking? Bien sûr!

by   (1)

Aug 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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16 Henrietta Street ,London WC2E 8QH

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Wonderful food and experience

by   (3)

Aug 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for Frenchie

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £60
  • Wine: £37
  • Champagne: £115
  • Lunch: £26/29 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £55/100 (4 courses/4 courses + wine)

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