June 2018: The Frog is moving! At the end of July, it will move lock, stock, chefs and barrels to a 60-cover site on the corner of Hoxton Square.
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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“Eating at The Frog is like allowing your palate to go to a firework display” – Adam Handling and his teams create a series of dishes of “always-surprising ingenuity, with quirky presentation and mixture of ingredients” both at his Hoxton Square original and his even-more-successful Covent Garden flagship. Both locations offer a mixture of à la carte and tasting menus – the latter incorporating vegan and vegetarian alternatives as well as beer-matching and wine-matching options. The results inspire massive support,not just for being “a well-devised journey expertly executed”, but for food that’s “wow, wow, wow beyond delicious!”. In keeping with the main man’s free-thinking philosophy (and, at E1, a big emphasis on sustainability), his locations have a youthful energy at odds with the fayne dining ethos: an approach that also seems to inspire “impeccable service” from his staff (with a special shout-out to his sommelier – “I’ve never been disappointed when asking Kelvin for a recommendation!”). Where his taste is a tad more divisive is the ambience – to fans admirably un-stuffy and energetic, but to critics slightly “odd” or “nondescript”, and with “loud and dreadful music” in N1. Top Menu Tip – “those cheese doughnuts are the stuff of legend”. See also Adam Handling Chelsea.
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?
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