Restaurants

Jason Allen 08/05/21


Maison Francois

‘Frank’s House.’

That’s what Maison Francois is called in French.

But everything sounds just that little bit more elegant in French, and at St James’s latest, that extends across the entire restaurant. Everything in here seems just that little bit chicer, smarter, grander, and more sumptuous. It comes to us from rocket-like rising culinary star Matthew Ryle, who has parlayed a place in the MasterChef: The Professionals final into his very own kitchen in just a few months.

The space itself is built in the style of old school, grand brasseries of Paris, Lyon and Alsace. Having opened during the thick of the pandemic, all the seating feels quite wonderfully intimate, with burgundy-trimmed banquette seating all wrapped in trellised wood to help separate you from the rest of the room. A huge centrepiece Art Deco clock hangs over the open kitchen, where chefs are perpetually beavering away.

Maison Francoise

The menu’s all written in French, because that’s just what this restaurant is about, and because pommes de la terre – the apples of the earth – sounds so much better than ‘potatoes’. Things start off with the like of plump flatbreads overloaded with raclette & courgette, and satisfyingly chunky rabbit terrines. After that, there’s herbaciously succulent roast chicken, delicately flaky stone bass, and hearty pork chops glazed in mustard sauce. It’s all classic, and it’s all excellent. But the best is yet to come.

With the main courses over, you’ll then get to take a look at one of the many old-school touches that you wish would make a comeback. The dessert trolly. Oh dear lord, it’s torturous. The waiter/waitress will roll it over and brazenly pull out drawers loaded with eclairs, truffles, Paris Brest, madeleines, tarte tatin, rhum baba, macarons, and more. Choosing is near impossible, but at least it’s one of those good dilemmas which always have a happy ending.

It should go without saying that the wine list is both extensive and French, and that a somm will happily navigate you through it. And should you fancy it, there’s a wine bar hidden underneath the restaurant space with takes on a little more of a sleeker London edge…

…which is probably why they decided to call it Frank’s.

 

NOTE: Maison Francois is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.

Maison Francois | 34 Duke Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6DF


While you’re in the neighbourhood… here are the best bars in St James’s

The Nudge is an independent, searchable and highly-curated guide to the most interesting places to go and things to do in London, giving members unrestricted access to our full compendium of continually-updated restaurants, bars, events, exhibitions, date ideas, itineraries, member perks, weekend guides, monthly agendas and more – all delivered via our website, email newsletters & members’ app.

Join us to see what’s hot in London this week; to explore all of the recommendations & ideas stored within The Nudge’s website and members’ app; and to start making the most of life in London today. Start Free One Week Trial

Carpe Diem!


Maison Francois


34 Duke Street, St James's, SW1Y 6DF
View On Map




Got A Tip? Email [email protected]



More Ideas