MasterChef finalist and Bright Young Thing Adam Handling is steaming ahead with a roll out of his Frog brand after just six months in the Truman Brewery site: the new site will be in Covent Garden and will open in summer 2017. The plans are for an all-day restaurant with an open-plan kitchen, large private dining room and speakeasy-style basement bar with its own entrance.
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MasterChef finalist Adam Handling left his restaurant at St Ermin Hotel to open his own venture in Shoreditch in summer 2016 (apparently the first of many planned under ‘The Frog’ brand). His cuisine in Westminster sometimes seemed a tad “tortured” and “pretentious” – just right for the local hipsters?
About The Frog, E1
Set on the streets of Spitalfields, the home of East London’s food revolution, The Frog, E1 is 27 year old award winning Chef Adam Handling’s first independent venture. The Frog is a relaxed restaurant and bar that will showcase young talent, from Adam and his teams exceptional and innovative cooking, to art work displayed by young artists, to up and coming DJs on weekends.
With an industrial feel coupled with an eclectic mix of chairs, sofas and cushions as well as specially crafted tables, The Frog is a comfortable, informal and relaxed venue to be enjoyed by both East London locals and destination diners alike.
Adam’s distinctive cooking style – combining technical savvy with the best possible produce, and a lightly theatrical touch - will be offered for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Small a la carte dishes are priced at around £10 each, and there will be a daily-changing tasting menu chalked up at £45.00 per head (excluding drinks). With dishes such as ‘Crab Doughnuts’, to ‘Beetroot, Beetroot and More Beetroot’, diners can expect to be both surprised and wowed by the ingenuity of cooking techniques and flavour combinations on offer at The Frog.
Adam Handling’s culinary journey started at Gleneagles where he was the first ever trainee chef, he then went on to become Fairmont’s youngest ever Head Chef, culminating in winning Scottish Young Chef of the Year 2011.
Adam has since been awarded Scottish Chef of the Year 2015, Newcomer Restaurant of the Year in the Food and Travel Reader Awards 2015, as well as the British Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year 2014.
In September 2014, he opened ‘Adam Handling at Caxton' in Caxton Street SW1, and was subsequently awarded three rosettes from the AA. He was the youngest person to be tipped by the Caterer magazine as one of the ‘30 under 30 to watch’ in the 2013 Acorn Awards. Adam was also recently featured in ‘The World’s Best Food Magazine’ FOUR, as the ‘one to watch’ for 2016.
A highly accomplished chef, Adam Handling brings his love of Asian flavours and techniques – particularly Japanese – to his kitchen. His beautifully presented dishes start with careful sourcing of top quality, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a number of different, creative ways to enhance their inherent properties and deliver real depth of flavour and harmony.
Published to coincide with the launch of his restaurant, his first cook book ‘Smile or Get Out of the Kitchen’ contains 87 recipes that reflect Adam’s ethos of exploring and combining taste profiles and flavours, to create balanced harmonious dishes with a real ‘wow’ factor.
The Frog Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The best culinary experience in a long time! Adam Handling is a genius! And it is such a great value for money!"
"Best concept ever, food is amazing, price value stupendous, service charming, we will return, just a dream come true mirroring true culinary skills!"
"Delicious food, people having a great time. The staff were very helpful. We had the tasting menu, and the chefs who made the dish bring it to your table, and are really prepared to tell you about the plate. All of the dishes were just on the spot, with the best for me the fish dish with the potato and seaweed crunchy topping. They need the "extension" otherwise the room would be too hot and noisy. Best meal of three on a London long weekend visit."