Lunch at Frenchie, a lovely new Covent Garden opening

The eating opportunities continue to grow in Covent Garden with more and more deliciousness to enjoy. Frenchie, Covent Garden gives Londoners the chance to try chef Gregory Marchand’s fabulous menu. He hails from Paris where he has a restaurant, wine bar, takeaway and wine shop in the Rue du Nil in the 2nd arrondissement. Frenchie is the name Jamie Oliver gave to him when he ran the kitchen at 15 in Shoreditch.

It’s a lovely modern, bright room with friendly, welcoming service. The menu offers starters (generous enough for sharing), mains and desserts, as well as a five-course Carte Blanche menu.

We pretty instantly spotted four dishes we couldn’t resist so shared them for the table. I love asparagus (I know, I’ve said it before) and the white type is a particular treat. Served here with parmesan and puffed barley, it was a true masterpiece and a dish I could eat every day.

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Beautiful fresh white asparagus

Plump smoked anchovies were served with Neal’s Yard salted butter and shallots.These silken, smoked treasures are some of the best anchovies around and perfect served simply with toast, butter and lemon juice.

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Smoky and succulent anchovies

I’m loving all the pea dishes around this year. Here we have burrata with a fresh pea pesto and pecorino cheese. The creaminess of the burrata combines with the sweetness of the peas to create a real taste explosion. And dishes rarely look this beautiful either…simply wonderful.

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A stunning and delicious plate of green-ness

The squid came in a more-ish broth with home-made harissa and carrots. Wonderfully tender squid with a silky sauce with real depth.

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A delicately smooth squid dish

This is the kind of restaurant I can picture myself whiling away plenty of hours in. And you can also eat at the bar, now that’s going to be hard to resist this summer.

Frenchie is at 16 Henrietta Street, just off Covent Garden Piazza.