With so many London eateries currently closing their doors, it is certainly nice to hear a bit of positive news for a change. Fortunately, that’s exactly the case with Maison Francois – the new restaurant from MasterChef star Matthew Ryle. The restaurant is set to land in elegant St James in mid-September 2020 – and if advanced word is anything to go by – it’s going to be a real corker.
Taking over the site of much loved Mayfair stalwart Greens, Maison Francois will not only offer an all day menu of brasserie classics, but also its own wine bar (Frank’s) and in house bakery.
The new eaterie will take its inspiration from the grand brasseries of Paris, with a menu overflowing with brasserie classics like homemade saucisson, Reblochon gougères, Oeufs mimosa, Wood roasted peppers with Pedro Ximenez, Grelot onions with wild garlic and brown butter hollandaise.
The downstairs wine bar will offer over 250 wines and boast its own chef, with a simple list of dishes including pâté en croûte and charcuterie. The bar will also have its own dedicated glass fronted wine bar which will be able to seat 16 and will be available to hire.
The bakery, meanwhile, will be turning out a continuous of baked goods including fresh sourdough bread and a range of homemade patisserie.
Ryle, who made it to the final of the 2018 series of MasterChef: The Professionals, is the former head chef of Mayfair favourite Isabel. Now, alongside Ed Wyand, the former maitre’d at Scott’s, the Reading born Ryle will showcase his burgeoning talents in Mayfair.
Maison Francois is the brainchild of restaurateur François O’Neill. The entrepreneur is certainly no stranger to the restaurant business, being the son of legendary restaurateur Hugh O’Neill (Brasserie St. Quentin).
Maison Francois will open on the 14th of September 2020 at 36 Duke Street, SW1Y 6DF. More information about the restaurant can be found here.
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