Restaurant Frenchie, Paris, 3/2/16

Exterior
Exterior

This medium sized place is a tasting menu only and does offer wine pairings. We chose this option for a change but I would not recommend it. The pours are quite small and often delivered so far in advance of your food, you have little left to pair with it. I finally asked for a top off with one course and they willingly obliged but never offered the service otherwise.

 

interior
interior
table set up
table set up

The wines were very nice but you need enough to taste the wine as well as using it to compliment your food.  Tables are close together but the nice level was acceptable. I did find it odd that with all the noise of a packed dining room they still had music playing in the background. Their success has allowed them to open a bar across the street where diners await their table, as well as a to-go place down the block. The waitstaff were friendly but mostly it felt like stock greetings and phrases- there was no warmth.  Overall the food was okay but felt tired and offered no taste intensity.

The best thing might have been the amuse bouche scones. They were very tasty. From there it a mix of goat cheese and apples which would rate just as okay from me. The celery root risotto was a fun take on a riceless risotto but I’d call it good but with no “wow”.  The sea bass had a delicious sauce under the perfectly cooked fish but failed to be memorable.  However the duck was overcooked a tended toward a livery taste. The various elements in the dish were good but didn’t seem to compliment one another. The sorbet was good, not great but the meringue slices gave it nice texture. The wine pairing with this course was a disaster, so for once the minuscule serving was a blessing. The mint parfait was a nice blend of temperature and textures. The mint part was cold and the chocolate was warm and all were topped with a crispy sugar layer. Beyond that I’d call it an all right dish but nothing to write home about. Overall the lighting was low so it was hard to get crisp photos but maybe it’s just a reflection of the place that feels like it is living on its laurels.

Scones with bacon and maple syrup
Scones with bacon and maple syrup
wine
wine with goat cheese/apple
datte paste, goat cheese, green apple, grain mustrard, croutons, herbs
date paste, goat cheese, green apple, grain mustrard, croutons, herbs
Bread
Bread
Frankie checked out the street action
Frankie checked out the street action
wine
wine with risotto
Celeria risotto, cockles, shellfish, hazelnuts
Celery root risotto, cockles, shellfish, hazelnuts
on the wall
on the wall
wine
wine with fish
Sea bass filet with shitake mushrrom, salsify, coffee and mushrrom sabayon
Sea bass filet with shitake mushrrom, salsify, coffee and mushrrom sabayon

Frankie liked the labeled water

wine
wine with duck
Duck breast, rutabaga, jerusalem artichoke, lentils and duck jus
Duck breast, rutabaga, jerusalem artichoke, lentils and duck jus
time for some water
time for some water
wine
wine with dessert
Confit of blood orange, rosemary crumble, blood orange sorbet
Confit of blood orange, rosemary crumble, blood orange sorbet
Frankie's a dessert fan
Frankie’s a dessert fan
mint parfait, chocolate cookie and sugar tuile with mint and cocoa
mint parfait, chocolate cookie and sugar tuile with mint and cocoa
Frankie played in the towel basket in the bathroom
Frankie played in the towel basket in the bathroom
interior
interior
Frankie played on the coat hooks
Frankie played on the coat hooks

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