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Summary

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?

£79
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£79
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Frenchie Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Frenchie Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Frenchie restaurant.
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lovely french food with a modern twist...
Reviewed 2 months, 3 days ago

"lovely french food with a modern twist"

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Piers R
Sometimes sensational dishes in a humming e...
Reviewed 3 months, 20 days ago

"Sometimes sensational dishes in a humming environment. Seating can be uncomfortable but the service is warm and patient."

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Ivor S
Tomato and watermelon salad make a very fre...
Reviewed 10 months, 9 days ago

"Tomato and watermelon salad make a very fresh starter in what is a very good meal. The duck jus on the breasts was very special, adding a flavour that was very 'french'. Friendly service and the basement table gave an excellent view of the busy but quiet kitchen"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £29.00 £32.00
Lunch   £50.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 65.00 Always Available 5
Menu2 80.00 Always Available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.50 £32.00 £7.00 £10.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £33.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £4.00
Service 12.50%
18 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8QH
Opening hours

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

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