Originally at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, The Frog moved in July 2018 to a bigger site in Hoxton Square, alongside a new whisky bar, Iron Stag and a branch of Adam Handling's coffee and beer shop chain, Bean & Wheat.
The Frog Hoxton Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Our previous three visits have always left us wanting to return as soon as possible. This is due to the very creative food by Head Chef Jamie and his team and the excellent service led by Restaurant Manager George. All this in a place that has a hip and trendy atmosphere that gives you a great feel as soon as you walk in. So now it gives me great pleasure to tell you that based on yesterday's visit the bar has been raised even higher level as the food was the best we've eaten hear so far. This was matched with some stunning wine pairings that complimented each course perfectly and along with the great service made this an afternoon to remember. The restaurant itself is in a nice location on Hoxton Square and only a fifteen minute walk from Liverpool Street Station which give you the opportunity to have a good walk around this now trendy part of East London. We arrived at the the restaurant and upon entering we were greeted by George who delightfully welcomed us back before escorting us to our table which was by the window and gave you a great view of the long open kitchen. Once seated we were treated with a complimentary glass of english sparkling wine. We was then given the menus to which there are a choice of two. The first being the A la Carte and the second is the Tasting Menu. Our decision just like our previous visits was to chose the tasting menu but this time with a couple of additions. First to arrive were a fabulous selection of snacks which consisted of Heritage Carrots , roasted hazelnuts & mint a Cod , shallot , jalapeño & kohlrabi then finish with a heavenly Chicken Caesar. This was followed by the bread and the amazing chicken butter that is something not to be missed. Now it was time for the first course where my wife decided to choose the supplemented dish a Lobster Bisque with Thai Basil. I opted for the Retired Dairy Tartare with Sprouts & Horseradish which was absolutely stunning as apparently was the lobster bisque. This led us onto our next course and the Adam Handling signature dish of Celeriac , yolk , apple , dates & truffle which is just amazing so you can see why it's always on the menu. We followed this with the Hake , yellow curry , cucumber & kaffir lime that was an absolute delight. To accompany this we had a side dish created by chef Enrique of Tempura , romesco & calcot and to his delight it received a thumbs up from us and was also a great accompaniment with the hake. These dishes were paired beautifully with a Matthiasson 2017 Chardonnay from the Napa Valley. We now moved onto the main course of Sutton Hoo Chicken , purple sprouting , miso , lime & garlic that was amazing. Together with the chicken we had the side dish of Crispy Artichoke with sour cream & chive. This was paired by another great wine a Ochota Barrels Grenache. Now it time for heaven as we had the ultimate pleasure of once again enjoying the amazing Cheese Doughnuts along with a fabulous fruity Montepulciano Vola Vole Italian red wine. Now after our palate cleanser which did divide us a little as my wife thought it was a bit to sweet but for my sweet palate I really enjoyed it. This was a British Barley sorbet. So yes now it was dessert time and where without us even saying anything they brought us all three. The first was a Cheese , beetroot & szechuan which we felt would also be a great idea for a cheese course. The second an Apple , koji & almond then to finish a Rhubarb , gateau basque & yoghurt and yes we weren't disappointed in the slightest. We finished with a coffee to end a fantastic dining experience. A big thank you to Jamie , Enrique and the team for some amazing food , to George and staff for the amazing wine selections and great service. To me a visit to this restaurant is a must and so therefore won't surprise when I say that I would highly recommend putting it on you list of places to eat. I for one am certainly looking forward to my visit"
"Incredible food with prices to match but the restaurant is loud, uncomfortable and does not work. The chairs resemble the sort of reclaimed wooden stools, reclaimed from old churches- don’t get me wrong, I like these chairs but they don’t work with a five star meal! Whilst I also love music in the background, it sounded like Capital Radio. The songs were dreadful- at least find a decent music supervisor and get some proper tunes playing if the music has to be that loud....."
"A very pleasing welcome, although we were asked for a second time how our day was!!! The view of the kitchen provides for a bit of a distraction especially with lots of dry ice billowing from the counter. It was refreshing to have some new flavours delivered although the starters and finger food outshone our mains. The only nail in the coffin was a disastrous £50.00 bottle of Austrian Red. Austria is usually a very reliable supplier for both white and red wines and this is one of the first instances where we were totally underwhelmed by a bottle."
"Food was great, but the place was deserted when we had lunch on a Wednesday."
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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.
“A new star in London’s dining scene!” – Adam Handling’s “outstanding” year-old Covent Garden branch is proving just as big a smash hit as his E1 original (which, in mid 2018, moved to a new, 60-cover site on the corner of Hoxton Square, together with a bar and coffee shop). His “clever and delicious” British tapas feature “brilliant taste combinations” yet “without being prissy or overly expensive”; while the “chilled” atmosphere is “that so hard-to-achieve balance of professionalism with perfect relaxation and excitement”. Service, too, gets a big thumbs up: “top class and efficient but not obtrusive, and so friendly”. See also Belmond Cadogan Hotel.
“Bold British tapas, with interesting combinations, textures and flavours” goes down a storm at Adam Handling’s “superb newcomer” – an “echoey”, rather “Spartan” operation in Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery, where “you observe the fierce concentration of the chefs, who also serve you”; and which achieved top marks for food in spite of significant grumbling even from fans over its “unbelievably high bills”. He must be doing something right, as in September 2017 he’s already opened branch number two, in Covent Garden. Top Menu Tip – “the best mac ’n’ cheese in London”.
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