When chatting about restaurants in Paris a common suggestion or question is all about “Frenchie, Frenchie, Frenchie. Have you tried it? Do you like it? Isn’t Frenchie amazing?”
Frenchie, located in the 2ème, opened three years ago is one of those places where it is impossible to score a reservation, but thankfully there is a wine bar across the cobblestone alleyway that serves small plates. The wine bar is first come first serve, so get there about 15-20 minutes before the 7pm opening time to score one of the few tables (they are expanding this week but it will still be hard to grab a seat!)
When I first started talking to people about The Kale Project and my restaurant wish list, a lot of people asked if I considered Frenchie. Truth was, I hadn’t been to Frenchie…
I assumed there was no way I’d get a reservation to the restaurant and since the wine bar is only open Monday-Friday, doing an early evening impromptu date night with my husband would prove to be difficult with his crazy hours. But finally one night, I managed to get two secluded seats behind the bar and we experienced all the amazingness that is Frenchie. I was hooked.
And then I went back. And this time was special. Because the mastermind himself (owner and chef Gregory Marchand) was discussing upcoming desserts with his staff right next to me, in English. I loved hearing him talking about the in-season produce he would use and what sauces or vinegars to add. I guess I was staring a bit too much because they looked at me as I just said, “Wow. That sounds really good.” Great first impression.
And then the kale passion inside me gave me the confidence to ask if he was the mastermind behind Frenchie – when clearly I knew he was since the Frenchie book with his face on the cover was right behind us. I launched into who I was and all about The Kale Project and if he knew about kale.
His eyes lit up. Of course he knew about kale – he’d spent time in restaurants abroad – and he also knew it was near impossible to find in France. In fact, one of his other chefs is English and was dying to do a kale salad or anything with kale until Gregory broke the bad news that kale could not be found. Until this fall…
So friends, my second visit to the Frenchie wine bar proved to be more than just a successful evening of good food and wine but a successful evening for The Kale Project. Gregory and I will be in touch in late-August, early-September to get kale on the menus at Frenchie. And if you can’t get a reservation at the restaurant, hopefully they’ll use kale at the wine bar.
Check out these reviews of Frenchie Wine Bar & Restaurant: