Frankie & Benny’s, Soho, London
On some evenings in London it can be hard to finish that special dessert finish. This isn’t it. Frankie & Benny’s does boast lots of seating with efficient service, but the food was a disappointment. I don’t understand how this chain is even around. The food is sooo subpar. My excuse was being new to the city and not knowing any better. I haven’t ventured near this store at all since, though I mindlessly gave them another go at the airport when I shouldn’t have.
On the plus side. The servers are friendly and there are lots of seats. You don’t need to book and you can rock right up and feel quite homely. It feels like token family restaurant style like something from the early 90’s. The kids would love it and it would contain them quite nicely.
This was a lovely catch up with one of my Brit friends that I met in Melbourne. We were feeling a tiny bit tired on our feet so mainly we just wanted somewhere cosy to have a seat and a catchup. This ended up with me going for some dessert.
I ordered the waffles with brownie pieces, ice-cream, cream, raspberry and chocolate sauce. I don’t mind the rustic presentation, it looks sort of exciting. But the issues were that the waffle tasted dry. Nothing like a rich butteriness or softness that you get elsewhere. The waffle wasn’t enjoyable to eat and was difficult to finish on account of it being like a piece of cardboard.
Frankie & Benny’s gets its clientele from the massive touristy crowds that pile through central London every evening, it is convenient. The fact that I’ve seen it busy on some nights, just boggles my mind to no effect. So if you’ve done this much research, please avoid!