The old Green’s site in St James’s, which has been closed since 2016, finally has a new tenant, as Maison François is moving in this autumn. François O’Neill is the man in charge and he’s drafted in former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Matthew Ryle as head chef and Ed Wyand, previously of Hackney wine bar Verden, to oversee the wine.
The all-day restaurant is taking inspiration from the grand brasseries of France, starting with fresh breads and patisserie from the in-house bakery in the morning before moving onto a menu featuring oysters, house terrines, homemade charcuterie, ouefs mimosa, Reblochon gougeres, ravioli dauphine, John Dory with Amalfi lemon, boudin noir with roasted peppers, and Grelot onions with brown butter hollandaise. Come pudding time, an old-school trolley full of fruit tarts, Paris-Brests and other classics will be wheeled through the restaurant.
If you fancy getting stuck into some vino, downstairs bar Frank’s will have over 250 bottles on the list, ranging from natural wines to legendary producers as well as sherry from the cask. You’ll also be able to get bar snacks like charcuterie, pate en croute and cheese, down here too so you can really make a night of it.
Opens Mon 14th September 2020
36 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6DF