The resurrection of Racine

Chef Henry Harris is reviving his much-missed French restaurant Racine, seven years after it closed in Knightsbridge. The new Bouchon Racine opens in November upstairs at the Three Compasses pub in Cowcross Street, Farringdon.

Henry has joined forces with former Goodman and Rockfish director Dave Strauss in the new project, which will consist of a downstairs pub with a bar menu of charcuterie, rillettes and Toulouse sausages, while the upstairs restaurant will have a separate entrance.

Henry said: “Over the last 10 years everyone’s been saying to me, ‘Why don’t you reopen Racine?’ The location was going to determine what the restaurant would be. Farringdon and this building lend themselves to a Lyonnais bouchon, but a bouchon in the Racine sense – there’s always been some good Lyonnais bits and pieces on my menu. We’ll be going back to the good French cooking that makes people smile and restores them.”

The ‘Lyonnais bits and pieces’ will include classics such as rabbit with mustard, while “brains and tripe will come and go“. There will also be fish sourced from Mitch Tonks, Beaujolais wines and digestifs provided by Henry’s wife’s company Harris Vintners.

Dave Strauss added: “Both of us wanted to do something really special, a restaurant we felt proud to be part of. That was the common thread of everything – the ability for Henry to write the menu he wanted to write and for me to focus on the important things in terms of service.”

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