For a grown up, intimate spot in the heart of Covent Garden, Frenchie should be top of your list. Here are ten reasons why those in the know say it’s the place to go…
1. The original restaurant is in Paris and is one of the city’s foodie gems. Opened by husband and wife team Gregory and Marie Marchand in 2009, tables became like hen’s teeth virtually overnight.
2. The London outpost, which relaunched last autumn, is as good as the original and has steadily established itself as a discerning destination restaurant.
3. ‘Frenchie’ – that’s Gregory – got his name from his old pal Jamie Oliver no less. He’s done stints at London’s Savoy, the Mandarin Oriental and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – so you know his food’s going to be top notch.
4. The restaurant feels discreet, cosy and intimate. At the same its interiors are grown up, modern and glamorous.
5. The menu features simple, sophisticated and seasonal dishes heavily influenced by Marchand’s travel from London to New York through to Spain and Hong Kong.
6. The bacon scones with maple syrup and Cornish clotted cream make it worthy of a visit alone. Sweet, salty and unequivocally delicious.
7. Then there’s the scallops with black truffle… it’s a menu that’s fresh, daring and full of delight.
8. The banoffee pie with caramelised pecan is so light, fluffy and dreamy we know someone who ordered a second...
9. The Hazelnutini: Aylesbury vodka, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, lemon juice and vanilla syrup. It’s a cocktail as sinfully delectable as it sounds.
10. The lunch menu is just £27 for two courses and £30 for three – that’s the best £27 or £30 you’re likely to enjoy for a long while.