Frog by Adam Handling 22

34-38 Southampton Street , London, WC2E 7HF

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SquareMeal Review of Frog by Adam Handling

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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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Covent Garden Tube Station 309m

Charing Cross Tube Station 346m


Address: 34-38 Southampton Street , London WC2E 7HF

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

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

Nearby Landmarks

Vaudeville Theatre 58m

Savoy Theatre 95m


Telephone: 020 7199 8370


Cuisine: British Bars

Private Dining: 20


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Guillaume K. 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!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Guillaume K. 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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Complete with its own kitchen, the 20-seat library dining room combines traditional chic with a touch of the theatrical. Accessed through the basement bar, which can also be hired exclusively, it’s an intimate space for exclusive fine dining in the heart of the West End.

The Library
Capacity: 20

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