61 Jermyn Street
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Time Out says
Tue Dec 15 2009
Franco’s attracts an untrashy Euro crowd including businessmen, well-groomed young women who like the convenience of all-day dining and the odd film director. Inviting pavement tables, which bring a classy continental feel to traditionally English Jermyn Street, are most popular; there is also a relaxing café-bar and a more formal Italian restaurant next door.
In the café-bar, where a long maroon banquette provides seating at a series of round dark wood tables, is a huge silver Taittinger champagne bucket, a glass dome protecting morning pastries, a little nude art, and copies of the International Herald Tribune and Financial Times. Staff hit the right balance of friendliness and correctness – happy to chat about the latest Jackie Collins novel, concerned how we wanted the house salad dressed, and whether the coffee should come before, with or after dessert.
Fennel, green beans, tomato, red onion and pomegranate brought crunch and colour to the salad leaves. Lasagne, a popular order, arrived piping-hot in a square white ceramic baking dish – comforting layers of quality pasta, rich meat and creamy cheese.
To finish, ginger panna cotta had an exquisite fusion flavour but even with its accompanying strand of pristine redcurrants seemed a meagre portion – perhaps not a problem in this part of town.
Franco's 61 Jermyn Street
020 7499 2211
- Opening hours:
Breakfast served 7-11am, lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-2.30pm Sat. Afternoon tea served 2.30-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 3-5.30pm Sat. Dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Thur; 5.30pm-midnight Fri, Sat.
Tube: Green Park tube
Main courses £15-£26. Set lunch £20 courses, £25 3 courses, £30 4 courses.
- 61 Jermyn Street
- 020 7499 2211
- 61 Jermyn Street
Food and drink
Restaurant and bar facilities. Take away. Reservations required. Brunch. Vegetarian dishes. Accessible facilities. General facilities. Private rooms. Available for hire. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors
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