A London outpost for the popular Parisian restaurant, it was time to try Frenchie Covent Garden. The interior is très chic and feels effortlessly stylish as soon as you walk in. Metallic accents with pale tones – it was all on point. Being a Friday night, we started with some cocktails and I cannot recommend the French Riviera option enough… light, refreshing and not too sweet – my perfect combination when it comes to cocktails. The wine list was typical of most French restaurants – extensive! Don’t you worry though, the expert sommelier was at hand to give us the advice we so desperately needed!
Normally, French restaurants are no-go zone for me but I was pleased to see that Frenchie had incorporated one veggie option for each course and none of them were mushroom risottos! So to keep my hunger at bay I started with the bread and butter – simple but delicious. The meat eaters with me were very complimentary about the bacon scone so if you do have a mixed group then this may be worth bearing in mind. For starters, I went for the braised carrot carpaccio, smoked ewe’s ricotta and dressed quinoa salad. Since I’m a big fan of carrots, this dish went down very well. Perfect for the summer with plenty of flavours and textures thrown in.
For mains, I had the lasagne and courgette, smoked egg yolk, tomato relish, black olives and basil. This compact little dish had just the right amount of everything! There was clearly an expert at work here at Frenchie. Combined with the wine, it was the perfect way to wind down for the weekend. I’d recommend the snow peas and roasted carrots for sides – both did themselves proud.
With some cheese to finish the evening off, I left with that warm happy feeling that nothing but a good meal can deliver.
Whilst there aren’t any vegan options, the limited number of vegetarian options that Frenchie has are very good! Here’s hoping they add some more onto the menu.