Birthday lunch. very enjoyable experience. Good choice on menu. Food good and well presented. Wine very good though wine list a little short. Good value and good service with very attentive waiters. When I spilt my coffee, the waiter automatically brought me another as his default reaction. Unusual surroundings. Basement with mirrors and glitter balls. Would be great for families. Don't understand the criticisms made by others. The only concern was there was no record of our booking! But it didn't matter, there were over 20 people there, but plenty of spare room. Will go again.
Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Dec 15 2009
It’s hard to imagine either jockey Frankie Dettori or celeb-chef Marco Pierre White eating here, but this chain of New Jersey-style Italian-American restaurants is associated with both men. There are other branches in Selfridges basement, Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, and in Dubai. Despite all the glitz, the results are surprisingly pedestrian. This Knightsbridge flagship is a cavernous underground room brightened by wall-to-wall mirrors, red-and-white checked tablecloths, and no fewer than ten oversized disco balls, set to a soundtrack of classic lounge crooners. Succulent pork belly came with a ‘glaze’ that was more sweet soup than thinly applied basting, and was peculiarly offset with bitter coriander seeds. The accompanying ‘Frankie’s salad’ was little more than a bowl of watercress. Given the complete lack of vegetarian mains (though a larger starter was offered), we opted for a passable but unambitious spaghettini sorrentina (one of around ten pasta dishes), in which neither the tomatoes nor the mozzarella impressed. A range of burgers, canapés and cocktails is available too – but we’re in no hurry to try them after this lacklustre performance.
Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill 3 Yeomans Row, off Brompton Road
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Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-2.30pm, 4-11pm Sat; noon-2.30pm, 4-10pm Sun.
Tube: Knightsbridge or South Kensington tube
Main courses £7.50-£14.40.
Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill
- 3 Yeomans Row, off Brompton Road
- 020 36417968
- 3 Yeomans Row, off Brompton Road
- Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill
Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
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- 4 star:3
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- 1 star:4
one star since there are no options putting any stars. had dinner tonight. service, the chinese take away at brixton are miles better at least they would say hello to you, the food is compareable with greggs standard and I would definately recommend to get a tesco value wine and desert just down the road the restaurent. decoration, i have no ideal who mpw is trying to impress, hello! we are living in 2012 not in the 80's! booooooooooo
We have just returned from Frankies and had a truly wonderful meal no complaints regarding food service everything was excellent
ok, I have been there tonight as a birthday 'treat' for my friend's birthday but......failed to impress, wines, although very pricey, felt like I was having a £2.99 tesco wine. Awfully cheap. Food wise, the starters although good size, my ceasar salad was extreemely salty (despite containing anchovies I think the dish has to be balanced), my husband has the mozarella which I did taste and was a bit fermented and fizzy as if was dipped in a cheap champagne. As a main course I had the seabass which is my favourite fish but I have to say there was hardy any fish in my plate but rather a plate full of halved black and green olives and capers, again very salty overall and not tasty - just a little murdered fish. desert, for short was not great at all was meringue and fresh strawberries which were plenty however, the meringue was nearly missed out but instead had some dodgy cream that tastes of nothing but a lump of fat. service was ..... misery as on deserts for example it took about 5 minute to get my desert where all the others nearly finished theirs and the waiter was ....high up in the sky no idea which planet he was living on ... not Earth though VERY DISAPPOINTED - would I ever go back??? NEVER!!!
This is a recent update from my last week's visit in March 2012. It seems they have made some improvement or TimeOut review from 2009 is a bit out-of-date now... We had three course set menu and it had no pork belly anymore that TimeOut had reviewed badly. Even for the cheap three course set menu of special offer, each of starter, main and dessert had at least six choices in variety which was good. For starter, we ordered Parma ham with avocado, figs or melon with oilve oil which was ok and average. The olive oil has been a quite light dressing though, additional table top olive oil has been neatly placed in a capped whole coloured glass bottle (fab to prevent oxidation) so adding it made it better. For the main, I had "Fish of the Day" and on that day it was sea bream in Sicilian style which was absolutely fantastic! Instead of using salt, natural salty flavour of pitted halves of black and green olives were used plenty with fresh herbs and spices including whole peppercones (milder green peppercones and/or cooked black) that were really refreshing and no fishy smell even after having a glass of house red wine that I have ordered for the starter Parma ham. This fish was a pleasant combi with a glass of dry Prosecco that was served us at free for the set menu - it was great value. This recipe I really wanted to know and they should have it as everyday menu. Beside, my friend ordered tagliatelle with Bolognese as the main and that was well made as well. For dessert, we ordered pana cotta and dark choc mousse and the pana cotta was just average (the topping fruits were a bit sour on the day.) However, dark choc mousse was rich and excellent. The decor of this place was as fun as a little time machine to the old good time of America - it reminded me of Little Italy in NY or old Chicago or somewhere rather than authentic Italian, with some nostalgia of Italian food in USA - although the food was lovely and people were friendly. Just choice of background music is very oldies American and it was funny and entertaining to listen the original old song that was remixed at Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup's "We No Speak Americano" in 2010 (Pa pa l'americano!) looking 70's mirror balls having the modern Italian-American food in central London. Although, our seats were in a quieter private corner and the services were ok. It seemed there was no one was working in a cloakroom, however they have given us a good big round table with four leather chairs for just two of us, therefore we had plenty of spaces to place our jackets to spare chairs and it was comfy. Overall, it's above average for casual dining and we enjoyed this little time trip to little Italy of old good America in local Knightsbridge of central London. This place is unique - beyond the time and space.
Tuesdday in December, the place was rock empty. The service was poor, we were rushed through our evening by a rather tricky manager who lacked manners without the charm to carry it off. The food was perfectly good, I had the steak funghi which was as expected, although with only six or so tables they could have done better. Overall we agreed it was as if we'd just arrived abroad and all headed with great excitement to the place recomended by all our friends, only to find that it had gone out of fashion years before. Someone needs to get a grip of this place. It was however cheap, but that said, I'd rather have paid more and got some atmosphere for it.
A group of 12 of us went to Frankie's for a celebration. There was no one to greet us and take our coats, we had to wait 30 minutes before anyone came to take our drinks order. The restaurant was not busy as it was 6.30pm on a Wednesday. The menu was uninspiring and dull, the decor dated and tatty, the food was below average and the service utterly appalling. None of us will return and I will not be recommending this venue to anyone. Very disappointing. Why are Marco Pierre White and Frankie Detorri outting their names to this place - their reputations are being ruined with every meal that is served (about 2 hours after ordering it!) has totally put me off ever going to a MPW restaurant.
Avoid - though judging by last night, a Friday, and the paucity of customers, you may not need to for much longer. Unfortunately, we WERE there. The £18.50/3 course option was an uninspiring mix of low-end a la carte dishes and cheap-ingredient alternatives. Starter of bresaola and parmesan was bland and tasted old, though my wife's calaramari was passable. Mains took forever to come - a watery, dull and miniscule piece of halibut that didn't taste of anything, not even the jarload of capers that had been emptied onto it; and a paillard of chicken which wouldn't have seemed out of place in TGI Fridays. As compensation for the wait, we were offered a la carte desserts - a chocolate mousse had good texture though very mild flavour, and the semifreddo was, apparently, very nice according to its lucky recipient. Add to this the rank smell of toilets that greets you at the bottom of the stairs and wafts through the eating area from time to time, overpriced wine and the forgettable vegetable sides I've only just remembered we also ordered, and this was quite the worst meal out we've had for years.