Frog by Adam Handling
Frog by Adam Handling
Frog by Adam Handling
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Hot on the heels of The Frog E1 in Hoxton, 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 black 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.

Handling is also aware of the rising popularity of meat-free and plant-based diets, offering an alternative tasting menu alongside the regular offering which is entirely vegetarian. On that menu, you might come across dishes such as roasted gnocchi with squash and chestnuts, as well as a concoction involving cucumber, gooseberry, oyster leaf and dill.  

With its Instagram-baiting dishes and unique flavour combinations, it’s clear that Handling is on to a winner with The Frog, which was impressively busy on our mid-week visit. It’s safe to say that he has made the leap into chef stardom.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining
People
Group dining [8+]

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Location for Frog by Adam Handling

34-38 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7HF

020 7199 8370

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun 17:30-21:30

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3 Reviews 
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Jane Fenemore
12 April 2019  

Having seen Adam’s restaurant on Masterchef, my husband and I decided to have a day in London and have lunch at Frog. We were not disappointed. The food is delicious- we had a table overlooking the open kitchen and were fascinated by the theatre of producing amazing dishes. I had the crispy duck to start (the chicken butter with sourdough bread is something else!) Both John and I followed with pigeon which was a little underdone for my husband’s taste but for me was like velvet and I can certainly recommend it. It was accompanied with the truffle mash which was beautifully fine and for pudding we had the rhubarb. All was served with the utmost care and friendliness - can’t wait to return - I hope it’s soon. Thank you all very much. Jane Fenemore.

 

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Guillaume K

A firm favourite
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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Guillaume K

Best eat in Covent Garden
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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