By Laura Nickoll
‘Frenchie’ is Gregory Marchand’s nickname, coined by Jamie Oliver when Marchand ran the kitchen at Fifteen in Shoreditch. His roots are in Nantes, but after training and cheffing far and wide – including a long stint in the UK – it was Paris’s garment district where he opened his first (tiny) place, a celebrated ‘new wave’ casual restaurant and key player in the bistronomy movement. In 2016, the Anglophile brought Frenchie to London, bang at the heart of things in Covent Garden. His open-minded, innovative food, influenced by the many stops on his culinary journey, results in some cracking dishes, all finely wrought and intensely flavoured.
What to eat? The bacon scone with maple syrup and clotted cream is a must-have, and while little ones might like to get busy pulling apart the whole roasted artichoke and citrus aioli, you can move on to honey-roasted duck with aubergine, miso, hazelnuts and plums or sea bream tartare with chestnuts, yuzu and quinoa.
Pipsqueak tip Let them know you’re bringing along children when you book and they will happily prepare a suitable dish. Upstairs is a tad cramped, so book downstairs dining.