Frenchie has been playing hard to get with me for a quite some time now. I have become that desperate girl who leaves 17 missed calls a day, trying to secure a table. I may have even drunk dialled the restaurant once.  And from my 200 odd calls over the past 12 months, I managed to secure one speedy, albeit incredibly delicious, très anglais 7pm dinner for two.

So joy of joys when I heard that Frenchie’s equally suave, and much more available, younger sibling had opened up next door. Frenchie to Go, the no reservations, no queue (ish), take-away gourmet sandwich bar which opened 4 days ago, is the latest addition to the Frenchie empire that rules Rue du Nil.

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Chef Grégory Marchand and his talented team make everything on the premises, from the pastrami and beef sausages (which you can order by the kilo), to the ginger beer (coming soon) fermenting away in glass jars in the corner.

The lunch menu, a small US-centric selection of take-away foods, consists of classics such the reubens sandwich, pastrami on rye, the all beef sausage hot dog and the lobster roll.  There is also an impressive array of craft beer from around the world, and a very knowledgeable beer connoisseur to help choose your brew.

My pulled pork sandwich, served with a side of crispy skinned French fries and home made sauce and washed down with a Mikkeller Cream Ale from Denmark, was ridiculously good.

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The team also do breakfast starting at 8am – think granola and fromage blanc, English muffins with smoked bacon, donuts, muffins and scones – which you can munch on from high wooden tables overlooking the open kitchen.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it turns out the coffee is also sensational (with the barista having been taught the art of the latte by the boys from Ten Belles we would expect nothing less).

Frenchie is amazing, and if you are willing to commit to hours of desperate calls and endless rejection, it is well worth it – but for a more laissez-faire affair Frenchie to Go is, well the place to go.

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Frenchie to Go
Open Tuesday to Saturday 8h til 16h
9 rue du Nil
75002 Paris
Métro: Sentier, Réaumur Sébastopole

Emerald Bond (author of

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