It all began with Frenchie Restaurant on the unassuming rue du Nil back in 2009. At the time, the area was overflowing with wholesalers and, aside from the almost adjoining rue Montorgueil, it was a nondescript if not seedy area.
The rue du Nil is now a vibrant little community, thanks to Frenchie owner and chef, Gregory Marchand. Since opening Frenchie Restaurant over 7 years ago, the rue du Nil has become the location for Frenchie Wine Bar & Frenchie to Go. You will also find Frenchie Caviste (bottle shop), a boutique coffee bean supplier and boulangerie. Together with the highly regarded French produce suppliers, Terroirs d’Avenir, it all adds to the new vibrancy in the street.
Terroirs d’Avenir supply the creme de la creme of French products to chefs of some of the best restaurants in Paris (including Frenchie of course), as well as the general public. They include a fishmonger, butcher and epicerie and give the street its’ strong sense of community and village feel.
Frenchie Restaurant followed Le Chateaubriand in combining relaxed dining with food rivalling three Michelin star restaurants (without the stuffy atmosphere). The evening five course tasting menu is 74€ or 125€ with wine pairing.
Reservations are notoriously impossible to come by which is why the Frenchie Wine Bar across the road was a very welcome addition to the rue du Nil. You should arrive by 6.45pm to join the line and secure a table when they open at 7pm.
The charming wine bar is a buzzy, casual and happy scene, where eating (share plates), drinking and being merry are the order of the day. The lobster rolls and foie gras royale are exquisite but everything produced in both the restaurant and wine bar truly are some of the best dishes in France.
The staff are relaxed, charming and speak English- they have managed to remain friendly despite their popularity.
The final addition to the rue du Nil trio (for the moment) is Frenchie to Go. This is a casual eatery open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The Anglo-inspired menu includes fish and chips, bacon and egg rolls & excellent coffee.
rue du Nil is a village within the village of Paris and Frenchie is the perfect infusion in any Paris itinerary.
5 rue du Nil
Restaurant 5 rue du Nil : Monday to Friday- 18h30 to 22h & Thursday & Friday lunch 12h to 14h
Wine Bar 6 rue du Nil: Everyday 19h (arrive at 18.45h to join the queue)
no reservations (arrive at 18.45h to join the queue)
Frenchie to Go 9 rue du Nil: Everyday Monday to Friday 8h30 to 16h30, Weekend 9h30 to 17h30