What: Maison Francois
In a nutshell: French brasserie in St James
Summing it all up: Taking the former address of Greens, Maison Francois will be a brasserie and wine bar, featuring a finalist of Masterchef: The Professionals as chef.
Simon Parker Bowles' Greens restaurant Greens in St James closed in 2016, but while we're still waiting for the promised reappearance elsewhere, a new restaurant is appearing in its place.
The chap behind it, François O’Neill, certainly has roots in the industry - his dad co-founded Brasserie St. Quentin in the 80s. He's teamed up with Ed Wyand, who you may remember was part of the team that brought us the Hackney wine bar Verden, and chef Matthew Ryle. Ryle trained at The Dorchester, then became head chef at Isabel in Mayfair - he also reached the final of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2018.
The all-day spot will open with bread and patisserie made in house. At lunch and dinner, they'll be shucking Loch Ryan oysters, terrines and charcuterie.
If you're after classic brasserie dishes, then this will be just the place for you. On the menu will be:
- Reblochon gougères
- Oeufs mimosa
- Wood roasted peppers with Pedro Ximenez
- Grelot onions with wild garlic and brown butter hollandaise
They'll go properly old school for dessert with a pudding trolley showcasing delights like Paris-Brests and fruit tarts.
Downstairs will be a separate wine bar, Frank's. It'll have its own chef serving up pâté en croûte and plates of charcuterie. And with more than 250 bottles on the wine list, you ought to be able to find something you like. There's also going to be a private glass-fronted wine room that can be hired for up to 16.
More about Maison Francois
Where is it? 36 Duke Street, St James's, St. James's, London SW1Y 6DF
When does it open? Spring 2020
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