Flying Frenchman is a traditional French restaurant found on Newington Green, which complements the relaxed, neighbourhood vibe of the area. The dining room here is unpretentious and friendly and the restaurant also benefits from an outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy a spot of alfresco dining on warmer days.
The menu at Flying Frenchman focuses on traditional French cuisine, with many elements of dishes made in house. Meat products, such as sausages and terrine, are made on-site and condiments are made by hand too. Otherwise, produce is sourced from British farms, with head chef Guillaume Desmurs ensuring all ingredients are free-range and preservative-free.
The menu changes seasonally, but the sort of dishes you can expect to find on your visit include homely recipes such as pork meatballs with tomato and basil sauce, Comte cheese and sourdough bread. Elsewhere on the menu, try the likes of merguez pie served with herbs de Provence mash, aubergines and black olives, or a homemade pork and pistachio terrine, accompanied by cornichons and wholegrain mustard. You can also pad out your meal with the likes of skinny fries and salad. Vegetarian diners are also well catered for, with meat-free dishes to choose from including fresh lovage pesto gnocchi with asparagus, green vegetables and fried shallots or grilled asparagus with poached egg and comte cheese espuma.
To finish up, guests can tuck into indulgent dessert options such as rum baba with coffee Chantilly cream, apple clafoutis with clotted cream or a rich muscovado creme brulee. Meanwhile, those with a savoury tooth can instead opt for the cheese of the day, served alongside all the expected accompaniments.
As for drinks, Flying Frenchman offers diners an extensive and well thought out list of organic and biodynamic wines, as well as a selection of beers and cocktails to accompany your meal.