11 Rose Mount, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral, United Kingdom, CH43 5SG
Critics Review 18.5/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Sun Lunch, Wed-Sat Dinner

  • Outside Seating Area
  • Minimum age restriction

About Fraiche

Description brought to you by Manchester Confidential:

Merseyside's fine dining star

This tiny restaurant is home to an artist of a chef behind the pass. Cooking is described by Confidential’s AA Grill as ‘a beauty pageant, each dish a synthesis of taste, tone, shape and structure’. Having been rated as a ‘rising star’ by the Michelin guide in 2006 and 2007, the restaurant finally secured the real thing which in 2009 which Francophile Marc Wilkinson has since upheld with ease. Embark on your journey with a deconstructed ‘pesto shot’ (basil and lemon powder, parmesan, pine nut and extra virgin olive oil dust) before taking in the tasting menu. Dishes are deceptively listed – roasted sweetbreads, apple textures, truffle, for example, or scallop, smoked lime butter, wild rice - which belies the molecular tricks at the core of Wilkinson’s style. Even so cooking is characterised by pleasure, which also applies to the remarkably reasonable wine list. With bottles from around £21, it’s affordable – even the ‘fine selection’ with Bordeaux from £40. Expect French cooking inspired by the continent’s bleeding edge in this unique space. Commissioned glass sculptures and suede are themes; strangely, it works.

Cuisine: French
Price point:
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Critics Review
Review by Manchester Confidential's Mark Garner
Fraiche is very original. The Simon Radley complete experience at the Grosvenor is more luxurious, whilst Rogan is The Master; but, dear reader, a set menu for dinner at £65 from this feller is worth walking over hot coals for. The amazing thing, and why there are only twelve covers, is that Wilkinson is in that kitchen on his own. Just a KP helping. Gordo was gobsmacked when he was told. A truly remarkable set up.
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