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Frenchie absolutely looks the part. It exudes Parisian chic in its elegant grey leather banquettes, marble counter seating and quintessentially French lightning. Owner Greg Marchand, who has conquered the Rue du Nil in central Paris, brings a similar high food, produce-led menu to the heart of Covent Garden.
All the references to classic French dishes are there, yet reinterpreted in a fresh, creative and quirky style that is clever, and a little playful. Think tarte fine with smoked yoghurt and girolles, exquisite duck foie gras with kaffir lime, melon and berries, decorated with fennel seed flowers. The French all eat it and so do we, as an occasional treat, when it is presented as delicately as this.
The best dish of all is the lamb ragu with exceptional silky pappardelle. All the provincial ingredients are present and correct: courgette, tomato and olive, all with a wonderful lightness. Even pretty roast carrots are given the Frenchie treatment, with tarragon aioli and crisp bulgar wheat. To finish, pungent brie de jeux with a homemade fig and grape chutney and shards of multi-seed tuile. Salut.
Lunch: 3 courses £28
Dinner tasting menu: £60 for 5 courses with wine pairing or £45 and a la carte.