Frog by Adam Handling

22

"VERY GOOD"

2 reviews

34-38 Southampton Street , London, WC2E 7HF

The Frog
The Frog

SquareMeal Review of Frog by Adam Handling

22

"VERY GOOD"

Hot on the heels of The Frog E1 in Shoreditch, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Adam Handling has opened this more formal all-day flagship in Covent Garden. It’s clear that Handling is looking to make himself a household name – his cookbook greets you at the reception desk, his name is emblazoned on staff aprons, and the moody basement bar is themed with Adam and Eve imagery. Self-indulgence aside, The Frog’s five or eight-course tasting menu impresses with high-octane combinations, including butter whipped with chicken fat, topped with crispy chicken skin and served with sourdough, and razor clams shrouded in dry ice. We opted for the five-course menu, starting out with impressive warm savoury doughnuts, oozing cheese and topped with shreds of earthy truffle. Other highlights are a tender helping of Iberico pork made sharp with kimchi and smoky roasted cauliflower, and an intriguing veggie option of a papery slice of celeriac folded over apple, date, egg yolk and thick cream. A knowledgeable and chatty sommelier explains unexpected wine options, such as the light pink, fruity number that comes with dessert. The final course is just as ambitious – a chocolate-covered marshmallow conceals bursts of raspberry with vanilla ice cream, while a mango and coconut cheesecake offers a lighter option. With its Instagram-baiting dishes and unique flavour combinations, it’s clear that Handling has big plans for The Frog (and himself), which was impressively busy on our midweek visit. Our money’s on him making the leap into chef stardom.     


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Frog by Adam Handling Location

34-38 Southampton Street , London WC2E 7HF

Opening times

Mon-Sun 8am-11am 12N-3.30pm 6-10pm

Frog by Adam Handling's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 10.0

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Service: 10.0

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Atmosphere: 10.0

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Value: 10.0

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

12 December 2017

Already managed to visit a couple of times since the restaurant opened, never fails to impress. I really look forward to coming back again next year, and will make sure to pay The Frog E1 a visit - love Jamie Park's appearance on Masterchef!

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

14 November 2017

One of the best meal I've had this year. The food is both incredibly well-presented and delicious. A must-try in the area!

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