FRENCHIE was the best meal we had in Paris. That’s saying a lot considering Paris is a city filled with great food. While we enjoyed some amazing bites at other restaurants, our experience at Frenchie was topnotch.
The restaurant, Frenchie, along with its sister spots, Frenchie To Go and Frenchie Wine Bar are owned by Gregory Marchand. Back at the beginning of his career, Jamie Oliver gave him the nickname “Frenchie” and it stuck. Frenchie was opened in April 2009 in Paris, and has since undergone a few updates to the decor and menu.
We decided to visit Frenchie during the day, as they offer a Lunch Prix Fixe as well. Lunch is 45euro – an absolute STEAL for the quality of the dishes coming out of this kitchen. Below is the menu from the day we visited (June 10th).
Since there were 2 dishes per course to choose from, the sister and I each chose one so that we got a tasting of everything. Not only is the presentation of each dish gorgeous, every component of the dish is expertly executed. It’s just quality from start to finish. We chose an organic Sauvignon Blanc for our meal, as it would pair well with most of the dishes.
Before our courses, we were served an amuse-bouche and a little biscuit. The amuse-bouche was duck rillettes on a small cracker. I cannot remember the biscuit but it was sweet and savory, with pieces of bacon in it.
We were then served some bread & butter. I shouldn’t say, ‘some bread and butter’ so casually, because the bread was baked that morning, and was full of flavor; as was the the butter to spread thickly onto each piece.
As you can tell by the photos alone, the dishes are creative and artfully prepared. The photos don’t do justice for the interesting combinations of flavors and textures in each dish. Really, the team at Frenchie are doing some amazing things in that kitchen. I don’t even have a favorite dish of the meal – that shows how great this place is.
The next time you’re in Paris, please do make a reservation to Frenchie in advance. The lunch is a great price, but I’m definitely going for dinner next time as well. Also, don’t forget to check out Frenchie To Go a few stops down the street, and the Wine Bar across the way. All great, all from a great team.
FRENCHIE | 5 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France