The four biggest openings this week: featuring Frenchie and K Bar

22 February 2016
The four biggest openings this week: featuring Frenchie and K Bar

A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors


‘Frenchie' was the nickname given to chef Grégory Marchand when he headed the kitchen at Fifteen in London's Shoreditch. Grégory and his wife Marie went on to launch several ventures in Paris, including Frenchie restaurant, Frenchie Bar à Vins, Frenchie To Go and most recently the Wine Shop (Frenchie Caviste). Now the husband and wife team has launched their first London outpost, in Henrietta Street in Covent Garden. The menu echoes the Paris original and features simple bistro dishes using mostly British-sourced and seasonal ingredients referencing Grégory's experiences at kitchens around the world, including Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern in New York and the Savoy Grill in London.

Opened 2 February

Covers 60 plus 18 at the bar

Founders Grégory and Marie Marchand

Typical dishes Smoked anchovies and Neal's Yard salted butter; house-smoked Arctic char, citrus fruits and cauliflower; duck foie gras, smoked eel and beets; ricotta tortelli, lapsang souchong tea and lemon caviar; Shetland mussels, fino sherry and Bottarga; 100-day-old chicken, Keen's cheddar and Savagnin sauce

Average spend per head £130 for an à la carte meal for two with wine; set-price lunch for £22 or £28 for two or three courses

Designer Emilie Bonaventure

K Bar

K Bar in London's South Kensington promises the sophisticated atmosphere of a gentlemen's club and features oak panelling and velvet seating in rich blue hues.

Bar manager Ben Manchester

Typical cocktails Tahona Fizz (Don Julio Blanco tequila, celery bitters, and Champagne); the Va Vo Voom (Stolichnaya Vanil, strawberry purée, pineapple juice and Champagne); and Hemingway Daiquiri (rum, maraschino, grapefruit and lime)

Roxy Ball Room

Jones Bar Group has opened its second Roxy Ball Room, a ping-pong and pool concept, on Liverpool One's Hanover Street. The company is run by brothers Matthew and Ben Jones.

Facilities Four pool tables, five ping pong tables, and a VIP room for private hire that can accommodate groups of 60

Floor area 6,929 sq ft

Typical dishes Fresh dough pizza, homemade burgers, beer, bar snacks and cocktails

Wedge Issue Pizza + Beer

This month saw the opening on London's Clerkenwell Road of Wedge Issue Pizza + Beer, which offers classic New York-style thin-crust pizzas made from dough proofed for three days and a sauce made solely from San Marzano tomatoes. Beer is supplied by local brewer Weird Beard Brew Co.

Founders Darren Atwater and Martha Gall

Price Any pizza in any style costs £8.50

Covers 66

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