Finally tried out the much talked about Frenchie to Go for their breakfast. This is the small, coffee shop next to its bigger, more popular Frenchie, the restaurant that has had foodies and food critics talking for the past two years. I have been mildly curious about Frenchie, because the reviews have been too varied – some loved it, and some did not have a good experience, and there were few middle-of-the-range comments. There is also something off-putting about the months-long reservations waiting list.
Frenchie to Go has a warehouse feel to it, albeit a tiny one, with high tables with bar stools where you order from the front and find a seat. It is next door to the main restaurant, owned by Gregory Marchand, who was the darling amongst the young, emerging chefs when Frenchie opened. The coffee at Frenchie To Go was just alright, but the egg & bacon muffin and the eggs Benedict with trout were lovely. I cannot remember the last time I have had an egg and bacon breakfast, so this was a delightful change. We went during the week, and it is busy with the corporate types (the Stock Exchange is just around the corner), but from mid-morning it has a varied crowd of young, creative types. They also have a lunch menu, which looked tempting with its pork sausage sandwiches, pastrami and rye, and lobster rolls. It’s a five minute work from Rue Montorgueil if you want to walk off your meal afterwards..
Frenchie-to-Go, 9 rue de Nil, 75001 Paris.