Greg and Marie Marchand, the husband and wife team behind Parisian restaurant brand Frenchie, are to open a London outpost in Covent Garden next year. The duo already run Frenchie, Frenchie Wine Bar, Frenchie to Go and a wine shop in the French capital but will traverse the Channel with their new venture, coming to Henrietta Street in February 2016.
Greg opened Frenchie in an alleyway of the garment district of Paris in 2009. Two years later, he opened Frenchie Bar Ã Vins across the street, a no reservations wine bar with a long list of sharing plates, followed by a more casual deli/sandwich counter, “Frenchie to Go”. The wine shop on the same street, Frenchie Caviste, opened late-September 2015.
The menu at Frenchie Covent Garden will echo its Parisian counterpart. It will reference Greg’s experiences in kitchens across the world, from Gramercy Tavern in New York to beach bars in Spain, through to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in London, underpinned by his classical French training growing up in Nantes, north west France. It will use, for the most part, British-sourced ingredients, as well as house-smoked meat and fish and cheeses from Neal’s Yard.
Greg cheffed in kitchens across London – the Mandarin Oriental, the Savoy Grill and the Electric House, before joining Fifteen, where he acquired the nickname ‘Frenchie’.
The two-floor restaurant, designed by Emilie Bonaventure, will feature a ground floor restaurant and bar and a basement space with open kitchen where diners can perch to watch the chefs at work. Just 18 seats at the bar will be reserved for walk-ins at Frenchie, which (hallelujah!), takes reservations.