The popularity of Gregory Marchand’s restaurant, Frenchie, shows no sign of abating. The restaurant, which got its name from Marchand’s nickname back when he work in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen at Fifteen, opened in 2009 and fast become one of the hardest places in the French capital to get a table. Diners couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough of the superlative cuisine and hand-picked wines here.
Today, Frenchie Bar à Vins and Frenchie To Go have joined the original Frenchie on the Rue de Nil, and an outpost has opened across the Channel in Covent Garden. The original restaurant offers a tasting menu for lunch and dinner, depending on the day of the week, during which dish after dish of beautifully plated, wonderfully crafted morsels are placed in front of you. The menu changes, with anything from roasted carrot and apricot puree to fig and duck foie gras with Xeres sherry vinegar. And, of course, there’s the option to sup on all manner of delicious cheeses from Neal’s Yard as well.
But while the place has attained something of cult status in food circles, Frenchie has stayed true to its original vision: a neighbourhood restaurant that offers delicious food and comfortable ambience. The light from suspended bulbs reflects off the mismatched mirrors on the wall, casting a warm glow over the exposed brick and bistro seating. Copper accents abound, giving the restaurant even more of a gleam. And the sight of the chefs putting the finishing touches over in the semi-open kitchen area just enhances the feeling of excitement and anticipation that’s palpable here from the minute you arrive. After all, the space is bijou, and getting a reservation won’t have been easy – but, now you’re here, and the food is coming, and all is well.