We couldn’t believe The Bird restaurant closed right before our eyes. Hope was not all lost, though; the restaurant just went through a solid rebrand. As it stands, Frenchy’s Naturel is bringing the same neighborhood cheekiness to a cozy corner of Northwest D.C.
Frenchy’s Naturel is a casual, flirtatious take on a French brasserie. Provocative colors, paintings of chateaus, unique wall fixtures make the restaurant’s aesthetic a little discombobulated, but it’s kind of endearing.
Both the bottom and upper levels are spacious but pay homage to the classic row house vibes the restaurant is situated within. The brunch menu was a bounty of French and some Southern-inspired classics.
We ordered a carafe of mimosas, for which we customized our mix-ins for. We opted for berry and peach puree. The juice was concentrated and slightly strong, but everyone at the table was able to make their drink to their own liking.
Brunch items ordered consisted of chicken and waffles, a fried chicken eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, and a steak and eggs. Chicken and waffles is a really simple dish but can be easily messed up if the chicken isn’t filled with enough flavor against the canvas of a fluffy waffle. Luckily, Frenchy’s had both the flavor and the fluff desired out of a solid chicken and waffles ranking.
The fried chicken eggs Benedict were pretty incredible. We’ve consumed our fair share of Benedict varieties in D.C. and this may be the most surprisingly delicious. The chicken was thoroughly crispy, but the inside was soft and easy to slice through without destroying the sensitive, runny egg. The Hollandaise was creamy and an airy biscuit base absorbed all the goodness—and added another layer of depth greater than an English muffin.
The eggs Florentine was just as delicious, but a veggie version. The eggs and Hollandaise were complimented by some much-needed greens. This combination was supported by a croissant base. The croissant was flakey and buttery—not that the dish needed more butter. This was a top-rated egg Florentine in our books as well.
Last but not least, the steak and eggs came to the table. For a rib steak, this was incredibly juicy, cooked perfectly and served with an expected array of marinated vegetables. The egg on top acted as another saucy condiment. I was expecting some frites to come with the dish, but I guess that’s more of their dinner forte, rather than brunch. The flavor and composition of this dish made up for the absent fries.
The Bitches say: Five Champagne flutes for Frenchy’s. This is a fun, but laid back spot for French fare and decadent brunch classics. The drinks and slightly kooky atmosphere create a much appreciated light-hearted experience.
Frenchy’s Naturel serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.