Harden's survey result
Gregory (nicknamed ‘Frenchie’ by Jamie Oliver at Fifteen) & Marie Marchand’s stylish three-year-old is “a treat, with all its signature dishes imported from their charming Parisian venue of the same name”, delivering “beautiful French food”, served in a lovely, stylishly-neutral, modern space. Despite the arrival last year of Dale Sutton (the executive head chef of their French operations) however, ratings continue to head south here, and critics feel it’s “lost its edge” since its stellar early days. No question, though, it’s a “fun” and “useful spot in Covent Garden” that many still extol as the site of their best meal of the year.
Perhaps the most famous alumnus of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – Gregory Marchand (aka ‘Frenchie’) launched his Covent Garden operation a couple of years ago as a London spin-off to his first ‘Frenchie’, which opened in Paris in 2009. With its shortish menu of “quirky” Gallic dishes, “eclectic” wine list and “fun” (if “noisy”) style, it was one of the hits of last year. This year, however, its ratings dipped, and – while fans still praise its “well-crafted and tasty dishes” – there are a few critics to whom it seems “totally overrated”. Post-survey in July 2018, Marchand transferred the executive chef of his Parisian group, Dale Sutton, to London, presumably to help pep things up a bit?
“Interesting but ungimmicky” modern French cuisine has helped win a big following for Grégory Marchand’s Parisian import – a “chilled” Gallic yearling on the Covent Garden site that was for aeons Porters: nowadays an “informal” contemporary bistro, with ground floor dining room, plus basement (the latter complete with open kitchen). Service can lapse however, and the interior is “very noisy”.
“Believe the hype!” – Grégory Marchand’s “transplant direct from Paris” (where he owns a venture of the same name) is proving “a great new addition to Covent Garden”, on the prominent, corner site (with basement) that was for yonks Porters (nowadays transplanted to Berkhamsted). Its appeal is his “skilled and beautiful” modern French cuisine however – service can be “slack” and the “informal”, “buzzing” interior can seem too “noisy” and “cramped”.
Frenchie Restaurant Diner Reviews
"lovely french food with a modern twist"
|Wine per bottle||£33.00|
18 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8QH
Mon- Fri - L: 12.00 pm - 2.15 pm D: 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm, Sat & Sun L: 12.00 pm - 2.15 pm D: 6.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm