SL Reviews: Frog by Adam Handling |
Favourites 16

Award-winning chef and former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist, Adam Handling, knows a thing or two about preparing the perfect plate – if you’ve ever tried the food at The Frog E1, you’ll be more than familiar with his creative, theatrical fare. Lucky for you, The Frog has spawned a shiny new outpost in Covent Garden. Dubbed one of the most exciting new restaurant launches of the year, we paid a visit to check out Adam’s imaginative new menu…

<<Prev Next>>
  • Caption 1
  • Caption 2
  • Caption 3

The concept…
Since appearing on Masterchef: The Professionals back in 2013, celebrated chef Adam Handling has won countless accolades for his fusion fare, earning himself star status as one of the most revered chefs on the London food scene. Leaping from Spitalfields to the bustling streets of Covent Garden, Frog by Adam Handling is the second addition to his eminent ‘Frog’ collection – Adam intends to open five Frogs in total – offering up the same inventive cuisine in sophisticated surroundings. The innovative menu will change weekly, making use of seasonal British ingredients and offering a playful take on Adam’s distinctive cooking style.

The setting…
A much fancier affair than his Spitalfields outpost – a hipster hangout with foliage-filled walls and worn rustic woods – Frog by Adam Handling is as glamorous and sleek as they come. The main dining room is light and airy with quirky artwork scattered on the walls, and boasts an open-plan kitchen with suspended copper ceiling lamps which hover above the marble-effect counter – this where to sit if you want front row seats to the gastronomic action. Spread over two floors, upstairs is where the magic happens, and downstairs there’s a speakeasy-style basement bar where you can hole up for a cocktail or glass of wine, and a private dining room for intimate gatherings.

The food…
This is where Adam really takes things up a notch. Dishes are intricate works of art with mind-boggling technical compositions. The menu offers a choice of three; a la carte (with a compact four options for each course) and two tasting menus, comprising of either five or eight courses. Adam puts a playful touch onto every plate, so if this is your first Frog experience, the tasting menu is almost certainly the best way to do it. Diners will be taken on a gastronomic voyage of discovery, with elaborate dishes served up on beautifully handcrafted plates.

As well as the five courses, you’ll be treated to a selection of elaborate ‘snacks’ which include cheese and truffle doughnuts with soft shavings of parmesan; chicken-flavoured butter with sourdough – an indulgent flavourfest of crispy chicken skin pieces and rich gravy – and razor clams with apple and hazelnut served atop a bowl of smoking pebbles – using dry ice for some extra drama.

If you opt for the meat and fish menu, you’ll be treated to succulent pink chunks of Iberico pork, served with blanched and charred pieces of cauliflower and tangy kimchi; crispy skinned halibut topped with a light serving of caviar; and a fresh, creamy combo of celeriac served with truffle shavings, a runny duck egg, apples, cream and sweet, chewy dates – Adam’s mum’s favourite and one to leave room for.

The drinks…
Frog's speakeasy-style basement bar comes well stocked with an array of creative cocktail ingredients. Like the food, cocktails are designed to impress, with everything from gin with eucalyptus and lime, to whiskey with coconut water and heather honey on the menu, alongside an extensive list of vintage wines from around the world. Tasting menus are available with either cocktail or wine pairings, and come with a poetic explanation from the talented sommeliers, who describe the symphony of flavours in great detail – a personal highlight.

The verdict…
Ambitious yet cleverly executed, The Frog is an incredibly imaginative dining experience, each dish an explosion of rich, wondrous flavours. With the wine or cocktail flights, the tasting menu is a little on the pricey side, but it’s seriously worth splurging on for a special occasion. A big thumbs up in our book. We can only dream of what the next Frog will offer…

5 course tasting menu £65; with accompanying wine flight £55; matching cocktails £50

34-38 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HF



DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at 
You are not seeing this website as it was intended. Please try loading it in an up to date web browser.