The food was wonderful; almost nothing else was. I made our reservation many weeks ago and in the usual fashion (via Open Table where I am a VIP member). After being on the way to being shown a table, we were told that the original table was not available and were offered only a table downstairs in a windowless space between the toilet and the kitchen. We were told that the tables in the main dining room were all reserved - although I think it is unlikely that they were all committed to at the time of our booking. We have dined at Frenchie since its London opening and at its Paris sister from before then. I have sent friends and colleagues to both locations over the years for both food and ambience. I will be unable to make such recommendations in the future. I am not sure why we were relegated to the basement, but it was the inflexibility and unwillingness to accommodate us upstairs (we would have been prepared to wait) that has left a bad taste. Part of the dining out experience should be the dining out experience. It took what was planned as a special evening in to a fairly unpleasant one. If it had not been Saturday night in the West End, we would have left. The thought of wandering around seeking a special meal elsewhere without a booking left us feeling trapped, so we stayed.
For pre theatre menu, the wait of 30 mins from starter to main was too long - we had to scoff it down in a couple of mins after a tense wait wondering if we would have to leave for the show before the main arrived, overtook the conversation. Had the Poole Bay Oyster, flavour overpowered by a soy gel and lacked, for me, the fresh juice and cool freshness a good oyster should have, and at £5 for one small mouthful not value for money without the taste sensation it could have been.
Large hard peas with perfectly cooked fish, so half right. Strange flavoured sauce with the ravioli, didn’t flow with the rest of the dish.
Great time with my husband
Have to be done
Feast to the eyes but unfortunately does not taste as good as it looks. Don’t bother going for the tasting menu. Totally not worth it. From the first course to the last course, apart from a pretty presentation, the taste is not great. Nibbles are one oyster and the bacon scone which are too salty. Texture of the foie gras is too ‘smooth’ and an average taste. The salmon was OK and amongst all the dishes, it was the best. There was no pigeon but it was swapped with a pink, almost raw piece of lamb and the gnocci was tasted like charcoal i.e. overcooked. The whole plate does not go well together and to be honest, the lamb was really undercooked. We were not even asked how we wanted the lamb to be cooked. For the pre-desert, the yoghurt sorbet with red pepper is pretty, and that’s it. Taste like yoghurt. The desert was ‘special’; which is just a slob of banoffee cream with some chocolate biscuit crumble. Not even putting an effort on the presentation on the desert. Chefs are very generous on the salt in this restaurant so you might want to ask the waitress to pass a message to the chefs to keep the salt to a minimum. Also, service was extremely slow and it took around 20mins in between each dish to be served. Expect to spend a long time sitting and waiting for your food and to be disappointed by the taste of it.
Had a great meal - really liked the pairings of food and wine. Service attentive but not intrusive.
Great atmosphere and wonderful service
Excellent food. Tasting menu was lovely. Great for a celebration.
A bit of a hidden gem on Henrietta St, there was a really friendly welcome, the team were fantastic, very attentive and enhanced the whole experience. The food taste and quality was superb, I have recommended to a number of friends already.
This must be about the 5th time I’ve had dinner here with my husband and each time the food has been outstanding. We will be back again and again.
Excellent tasting menu, unusual food (bacon and cheese scones a must), lovely décor and staff were all very charming, and Sarah Jessica Parker at the table next to us!
We had a quick bite before going to a show. There is a pre theatre menu so limited choice and must be for everyone at the table. Salmon tartare with sabayon was to die for. Delicious beetroot ravioli. Lovely wine. Excellent service.
Came here for a business lunch - love that the menu is concise and gives many varied options. The ragu pappardelle were absolutely delightful! They bacon scones are also worth a try. Otherwise, excellent service with lovely wine list, and a very bright and cheerful ambiance.
Second visit to Frenchie and very pleased to find it still fabulous. Food delicious, service friendly and a pretty room.
Great service, really delicious food and wine.
Lovely decor and atmosphere. Super spot for a special night out.
the Oyster were very disappointing. The overwhelming taste of Yuzu and citrus took away the sea flavour and made it just unpleasantly fishy. The starters were outstanding but the mains ( lunch menu) were a bit uninspired
Having visited several times last year and almost always been amazed by the food, I hadn't been for the last 6 months as the last meal I had there was really disappointing. But I wanted to try again so popped in for quick dinner at the bar, and I was blown away (in a good way). The Maitre 'd greeted me like a long lost friend, the two plates I ordered were both outstanding (the lamb ragu and the beef carpaccio) and the chef gave me a free plate of delicious asparagus with a creamy foam. Apparently the chef is new and judging by my meal Frenchie is back on top form... I will be returning soon!
The tasting menu was delicious and service was friendly! Should be a Michelin Star.
Really good food and interesting wine list. Service a little bit slow at times.
I took my friend here for a birthday meal. We had 3 savoury dishes (entree size, like tapas but slightly larger) and 1 dessert, plus two drinks. All the dishes were very flavourful and well cooked, however I found them all quite salty. Food came at reasonable time and service was good but nothing amazing. We paid £100 for the meal which I found quite expensive for this calibre and in comparison to similar places so this was my only real issue.
The food is exceptional here, never disappointed. The service is relaxed but attentive.
Unfortunately on this occasion we were seated next to the cloakroom upstairs, the toilet was blocked. The odour was ever present throughout our dinner with no spare tables to move to. I was we were not offered some compensation., a drink or alike.
That said we will be back.
A delicious meal, fabulous atmosphere and very good service. I am looking forward to a new pre-theatre menu because we have tried most the items on the present menu.
The food was amazing. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a glass of wine recommended by the staff which complimented the cheese board perfectly.
Overall a very comfy relaxed atmosphere, would highly recommend and will definitely return
Excellent service and a very friendly informal ambience. The food was excellent.
A light and airy restaurant with a touch of the industrial decor, the service was very efficient if a little cold, the tables are very close together ..I was able to hear conversations either side of us so if you wanted privacy this might not be the place for you, however there was a buzz if this is what you like. Bread was expensive and unfortunately dry and burnt on one side with just a small amount of butter. My starter was quite nice, looked pretty but had an unremarkable bland taste, my main of haddock was fresh and again pretty but didn't excite. Helpings are smallish if you have healthy appetite.
Best Food In Covent Garden
Really really terrific but £30 plus for a main course is just too much. If money no object then I’d live in there. Staff, decor, food all superb.
Exquisite food with first class service and a lovely ambience. The only issue i would raise is that the tables are a tiny bit too close together. You do rather feel on top of each other.
very good restraint with great food and service. Highly recommended.
Our third visit to Frenchmen this year. Nice restaurant in good location but beware...the early evening pre theatre menu has very small portions. They need to rectify this. Otherwise, tasty and imaginative food, well cooked and well served.
Good food, quite limited menu and service could have been better but overall a good experience.
We dropped by for an early dinner. Service was functional with not much effort made to make us feel welcome. The main course was tepid / lukewarm and tasted as if it had been cooked for some time. In fairness, we gave feedback to one of the waitresses who gave us dessert and coffee free of charge. The coffee arrived 5 minutes before the dessert so evident timing problems. Hard to believe this is run by Frenchie, Paris which I know very well ... and appreciate.
Foodie,fine creative food, nice ambiance. Pork loin, smoked salmon entrees were exquisite.
Very friendly and attentive staff, took good care of us even thought the restaurant was very busy. We complained about the wine (which turned out to be off), and were offered a different one immediately.
Had a really lovely meal, not a huge menu (which I prefer) but what we ate was perfectly cooked and well seasoned. I would definitely recommend.
Enjoyable venue for a pre-theatre meal. Atmosphere buzzing. Menu inventive and full of flavour, washed down by an excellent bottle of French red wine. Staff pleasant and very attentive. Always a dining option when visiting London.
Went for a pre theatre meal it was very good fabulous food and a lovely chilled vibe .
We had an early evening meal at Frenchie before going to the Royal Opera House. There was a wait to be seated, as they were still briefing the team ten minutes after opening. The menu was small but attractive. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was creative, interesting, and very tasty- classic with a twist rather than modern. Curiously seemed more Italian in inspiration than French. The portions were rather small, so there was no guilt about having dessert! Overall an enjoyable meal.
Very good food in a simply but nicely decorated room. Service was a tad cold, and it is rather pricey for what you get. Still, it’s a good choice for when you want to try French cuisine with a modern, less fussy, twist.
Delicious and memorable. Especially loved the sea bream tartare with pickled kohlrabi and apple and my partner loved his lamb ragu. The bacon scones are a must. Will definitely recommend. Thank you.
Staff really knew their stuff - great atmosphere and delicious food.