It’s a well-known fact that Londoners base their weekends around eating. In fact in some remote parts of East London they have forgone watches and now simply reference the food product in their hand; whether it be a bacon butty, halloumi wrap or heavy steel fork – OK I’m exaggerating – but for those of you who don’t like such a gastronomic scattergun schedule then perhaps you should visit an X marks the spot style venue that caters for all hours and occasions around the clock.
The recently rejuvenated Franco’s of St James is a well-kept secret within the upper echelons with a colourful heritage, a loyally clientele and a legendary relaxed vibe.
This month saw the unveiling of Franco’s new look. Franco’s, which began as a humble Italian café 1946 – has now acquired a slinkier and darker interior reminiscent of a private members club.
Italian Head Chef, Stefano Turconi ignores the neighbouring restaurants hoighty toightyness and instead opts for delicious Italian classics with a 2015 swing.
The new dishes include a Northern Italian style Baccala scaloppini with tender polenta & morel mushrooms whilst from the South, Pappardelle with purple broccoli, mussels & chilli, with menu screamers including Roast guinea fowl breast with cabbage, fontina cheese & pancetta.
For those thinking ahead to bikini season the menu also features lighter dishes such as tempting salads and grills and every pasta item being available as a low-gluten, spelt pasta alternative.
As much fun as eating a bowl to yourself is, Francos now also offers a range of dishes designed for larger groups celebrating traditional Italian communal dining, including; Beef Steak Florentine, Slow-Roasted Lamb and Slow-Roasted Goat.
Boasting London’s largest Rosé wine list (just in time for Rosé season – phewf) the venue also offers a quiet terrace space for guests to enjoy a glass in the much adored joyous spring time sun.
So obsessed with what’s the newest launch we often forget what’s old; distinguished and distilled Franco’s is a culinary institution which has stood the test of time.
61 Jermyn Street
T: 020 7499 2211
Breakfast: 7am-11am Monday to Friday (8am-11am Saturday)
Lunch: 12pm-2.30pm Monday to Friday (12pm-3pm Saturday)
Afternoon tea: 2.30pm-5.30pm Monday to Saturday
Dinner: 5.30pm-12am Monday to Saturday