12000 Francs: a casual and group dining restaurant with a difference
12000 FRANCS is a cutting-edge, ingredient-driven restaurant in the heart of chic, multicultural SoHo. With a focus on food preservation and presenting the best European cuisine with a modern twist, 12000 FRANCS is designed to be a welcoming eatery that will both delight and satisfy curious foodies. It’s also the ideal group dining restaurant for parties who seek innovative cuisine and an extensive wine list that offers great value for money as well as a few of those ‘harder to find’ wines.
The restaurant’s name, 12000 FRANCS, refers to the sum of money offered by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1795 to anyone who could devise a method of preserving food for his conquering armies. Confectioner Nicolas François Appert eventually claimed the Emperor’s prize, by storing food in wine bottles that were heated to boiling point before being sealed, adding another chapter fascinating history of food preservation and creating a technique that is still used today.
The innovative new restaurant’s menu boasts elements of both traditional and contemporary preservation methods, including smoking, salting and curing, using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the world.
Woolly Pig Concepts, the team behind 12000 Francs, have engaged the services of Conor Beach, a chef best known for his attention to detail and his insistence on creating each dish from scratch. This means that at 12000 FRANCS everything from sourdough and terrines, through to pastrami will be created in-house. Celebrating the art of preservation, the menu is divided into relevant sections, including Pickled + Potted, Smoke + Salted, Vacuum + Fire and Sugar + Sweet.
Warmly welcoming individual diners, couples, families and larger parties for group dining, restaurant and wine bar 12000 Francs offers a crowd-pleasing menu of appetite-sating sharing plates. This is complemented by an 80-label strong, New World-leaning wine collection with many boutique wines available by the glass. By working directly with producers and boutique importers, the restaurant prides itself on offering significantly better wine value and choice than many other restaurants in Central.
This attention to detail and quality continues in the restaurant’s classical décor. Dressed in greyscale mosaics by Australian designer Emma Maxwell, who was short-listed for Designer of the Year 2016, 12000 Francs is spacious and refined yet remains approachable and comfortable.
With a communal Sommelier’s Table concept at its heart, 12000 FRANCS has been designed to evolve from a casual dining room to a buzzing but sophisticated late night wine bar as the evening progresses.