Folie is the first solo project from Guillaume Depoix, the former operations manager of the Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch. The former hotel worker has decided to ditch East London in favour of a plum location on Golden Square, an area of the capital which is situated between Mayfair and Soho, two other thriving hubs of the restaurant scene in London.
It’s a contemporary take on the French Riviera’s dining culture, from Marseille to Portofino all the way through to St Tropez and Nice. The all-day menu features simple and unfussy French and Mediterranean food.
The food and drink menus take guests through from early breakfasts to late-night tipples. Whether you are in need of a quick business lunch or a relaxed sit down menu, Folie serves up the likes of sea bream crudo with citrus and avocado, and Provençal braised beef with confit potatoes. The sharing platters meanwhile include the likes of charcoal grilled sea bass with ratatouille. To finish, tarte tropézienne, seasonal sorbets and cheese boards all feature on the dessert menu.
There is a special focus on classic cocktails like Martinis and Negronis, as well as some rare pastis and vermouths to accompany the dishes. A selection of organic wine, most hailing from France, are also available to enjoy too.
Designed by Studio KO (previous interior designers for Chiltern Firehouse and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum), the restaurant takes its inspiration from the glamour of the French Riviera in the 1960s and 70s, presenting it in a contemporary and stylish way, with small elements of Parisian chic featuring throughout.
Folie also boasts a semi-private dining room for intimate gatherings, as well as a bar area where you can enjoy its expertly mixed cocktails before heading to the dining room to enjoy a Mediterranean inspired feast.