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#1 marc at fraiche

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:40 AM

do you eat there regular john? just be good to see you when i take over for the day next month fraiche in manchester blimey that will be out of my quiet suburb village comfort zone :smile:

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:14 AM

^^ Fraiche in Manchester!! Please expand, dates times place etc. Cheers!
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:22 AM

Marc

No, mate. First time.

When are you cooking - needless to say, we'll try to be there (but are off to Tenerife for a couple of weeks in January).

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 12:10 PM

This sounds better than koffman at selfridges!!
Oh Marc tell us all when, egullet day out???

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 01:48 PM

funny you should mention koffman i had the pleasure of cooking for him here at fraiche just a couple of weeks back,
yes fraiche is at harvey nicks on the 25th of january for one day only so i will do one of my signature menus with matching wines be great to meet some egullet folk there

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 01:52 PM

Count me in!!!!!!

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 01:53 PM

i will do my very best to bring a touch of fraiche into manchester and it will be a very different feel with the setting though i do have some good help in the kitchen its going to be an arkle reunion with the brigrade from the old days just need to talk simon radley round now and its the full team lol

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 04:28 PM

Jan & I should be "game on" for that, Marc. We're back from Spain on the previous Friday.

If we can't make it, we'll try to get over to Fraiche soon after.

Edited by Harters, 24 December 2009 - 04:31 PM.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:44 PM

http://www.harveynic...put/Page693.asp

Monday 25 January

Marc Wilkinson, of Fraiche on the Wirral, will be hosting an evening for just 40 guests this January. Marc achieved Michelin Star Status this year, making him the first to do so in Merseyside, so we are delighted that he will be showcasing dishes from his signature menu at our Second Floor Restaurant.

The evening includes five courses matched with wine, including water. coffee and service charge. All for £90 per person.

Please call 0161 828 8898 to book your place.

Edited by heidih, 28 December 2009 - 01:52 PM.
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#10 marc at fraiche

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 10:32 AM

hi there did any egullet folk manage to get a table? be nice to put a face to a screen name :smile:

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:45 AM

Aye. I will be attending along with at least one other reprobate.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 05:50 AM

would that happen to be the one with the lear jet bapi?

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 05:52 AM

Reprobate number one, reporting for duty.

I'm a bit short of Lear jets though.
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Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:53 AM

The Pink shirted one will also be joining us I hear.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:55 AM

I'm moving house on monday, so kind of tied up for now .But look forward to the reports.

#16 marc at fraiche

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:22 PM

great to hear your coming along thom il have to make sure your on a nice table with a view lol

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 02:22 AM

Just coppering up for some fuel for the jet !

Looking forward to your event marc , and the full english bapi will be cooking me the next day!

Also hoping to arrange another trip to the wirral, best start checking the sofa for change, aviation fuel is sooo expensive these days!

Heading to that london today for a lunch at petit maison so i'm in training!
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 09:31 AM

il have to make sure your on a nice table with a view lol


Considering I'm going to be stuck sitting opposite Bapi and Gary I fear that is unlikely if not impossible. If you want to switch me onto the table with Rosamund Pike and Cheryl Cole that's fine though.

Looking forward to seeing you and eating your food again though Marc, it's been too long but what with kids and work I've been struggling to make it out to Oxton. Yes, I fully appreciate that's a poor excuse.

This whole mountain/mohammed thing might be the way forward for you though, come bring that shiny Michelin star of yours to Manchester city centre! I reckon you'd find a few prime sites going cheap right now.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 02:10 PM

hi there did any egullet folk manage to get a table? be nice to put a face to a screen name :smile:


I am going albeit dining alone in the corner looking
enviously at the high table occupied by TV star Bapi
and the high priest of all Mancunia :-(

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:46 PM

hey im sure those kind gents will offer you space on their table with the pink shirts and lear jet keys :wink: failing that pop into the kitchen and join us the rif raf, though it might be a little mad with the arkle boys of old be great to see you though hope you enjoy it

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:43 PM

Fuck!!! Just back in the country tonight, missed all this.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 03:42 AM

hey im sure those kind gents will offer you space on their table with the pink shirts and lear jet keys :wink: failing that pop into the kitchen and join us the rif raf, though it might be a little mad with the arkle boys of old be great to see you though hope you enjoy it


Hi Marc,

I will be enjoying the rare commodity of a childless evening with the other half, however if she begins to get bored of me I may well join you in the kitchen!!! Will Mr Radley be stepping in as your sous chef for the evening?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:45 AM

Just back from Tenerife and am currently skint, so wasnt able to make the booking. Looking forward to being back in funds for visiting Oxton in March. See you then, Marc, and good luck in the Big City.

J
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:05 AM

: thanks very much john just filled the car to the roof with my toys and ingredients so ready for the off very soon to Manchester to prep up over the weekend, will push hard to show and give a true taste of fraiche and fingers crossed you guys enjoy it, hope those of you coming have a great night :smile

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:18 PM

looking forward to it marc :smile:

and especially so seeing bapi has kindly paid for me :laugh:
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 02:16 PM

No change there then Gary :wink: Please bring your wallet this time.

I too am very much looking forward to it Marc, but not however, to meeting up with with two blokes who have been swanning around Mancunia for five hours before I get there.

See you tomorrow.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:16 AM

So is anyone going to do a write up then!!
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:59 AM

So is anyone going to do a write up then!!

I'll second that :biggrin:

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:06 PM

Oh go on then...there was a great sense of occasion - especially among Thom, Gary and Bapi, at least one of whom thoroughly enjoyed the wine flight. I blogged it here,but basically:

Last night, a bit of Wirral glamour came to Manchester in the shape of Marc Wilkinson and a selection of culinary toys including a smoke gun. It was the first Harvey Nichols guest-cheffery occasion that I can remember, and like a small-town theatre in summer, the bar and brasserie had gone dark in order to focus the collective mind on the matter in hand: 40 Mancunian covers, keen to taste Marc's food without trekking to Oxton for it.

As I breakfast contemplatively on the herby caramelised pecans boxed up for the ladies to take away after dinner, I can report that all went well. There was a jovial, slightly excitable atmosphere – by its nature, it's not often that the HN dining room is full of customers whose main interest is in the food – and Gemma Perry, Marc's right-hand girl, ran an unflustered service.

For £90 with plenty of matching wine (£65 for me, the poor non-boozer), we had a dinner that I'd rank, if I was the Hornby sort, somewhere in Per Se's slipstream but far above our recent sortie to Mr Underhill's in Ludlow, which has held a star for years, and probably over Purnell's, Juniper old and new and Simpsons as well. Highlights included the novelty of a dish of smoking olives with a plume that rose when the lid was lifted ("They taste," said Tim, "like they've just come out of a house fire"), and an extraordinarily tender loin of rabbit swapped in for the foie gras course in case baby H'n'H, now 34 weeks and kicking like a mentalist, was adversely affected by all that vitamin A. There was also a revelatory pairing of sweetly seared scallop – not pictured, that's another one of his scallop dishes – and fresh, clean pineapple puree.

Wilkinson does like to fiddle, but he gets the balance right, and the processes he puts ingredients through serve to clarify the flavours: my melon and almond soup came with little barrels of melon stuck with slivered almonds, like tiny fruit and nut angels, and the almonds themselves were ridiculously...almondy. The verjus drizzlings with a piece of seared sea bass and aubergine yoghurt shook the whole thing awake, although I will admit that I thought it was tamarind for a while, and I hadn't even had a drink.

Things slowed down marginally towards the end, and I decided that I would willingly have sacrificed one of the dessert courses in order to leave while I was still awake. Then Tim asked me whether I would have missed the chilled, fizzy grapes, the lemongrass pannacotta with the sour cherry foam, or the deconstructed Sachertorte with the shot glass of apricot sorbet and warm, mouth-filling chocolate moussey stuff. I didn't have an answer for that.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:51 PM

Apologies.
Bapi was designated writer-upper of the evening, he had the menu and his own 'Mr Ishi' to take him home so he has no excuse for not slaving away over a hot keypad, wheras Thom and I had only our animal cunning and thom's encylopedic knowledge of late night manc to ensure i got home to my luxury hotel, aka the cheapest room in the britannia (but it had a window, that's an upgrade)and back safely-ish to the right side of the Pennines, though possibly the dodgiest looking kebab shop at who knows what time AM, looked very likely to derail those plans, that may have been before matt and phreds or after, it was one of those nights.

But before all that frivolity there was a light touch of red chilli to line 'us stomachs, absolultely no prizes for guessing what (ok, for those not paying attention, dumplings, lamb hot pot , rice, ,no onion bread - that would have been greedy. Then onwards to Thom's office aka Piccolino's. So pleased to see us were they, and foolishly assuming we'd be in need of mid-afternoon sustenance, provided us with a plate of ham, pecorino and crostini. They would have been offended if we hadn't eaten it all.

Eventually Bapi arrived after 'erroneously' reading the train timetable, he told us this via text, i'm all for using 'proper' english rather than txt spk, but really, has anyone in the world other than thom and I received a text with the word erroneous in it? This became our buzz word for the evening, shoehorning it into every context, trust me it was hilarious. no, really, it was.

Given the way the afternoon was shaping up i thought it wise we headed to HN early to get settled in, so we did, via Sam's chop house. I manfully persuaded Bapi that a bottle of wine probably wasn't the best idea after a wine list perusing pint, but i was over-ruled, perhaps fortunately our choice of an unusual musar white was out of stock. We took that as our cue to leave.

Winding our way to HN we marvelled at the sights, manchester even has an Ugg shop. Through the lift to HN resto we were warmly greeted, well thom was, as tends to happen in manchester.

To the bar for a cocktail, not my idea, i'm frequently accused of many frasier-esque crimes against manliness but cocktails is not a vice i currently have, to my mind they're to be drunk on a beach, but I'm happy to go with the flow when the occasion suggests. Oddly my suggestion of a strawberry daquirie was not taken well. Whilst bapi eulogised over his dirty martini, thom and I had old fashioned's , very nice they were too, but they did take - and this is no exaggeration, about 4 weeks to make. So the pleasure/weight equation was not balanced.

We then took our seats in the room, a very pleasant, dimly lit space full of the beau-monde of manchester, we had a good corner table and waited expectantly.

Now this is where the wheels will fall off as i only have mobile photo's to jog my memory and marc's cooking is one of finesse and detail, which we are relying on bapi to fill in, but here's some thoughts....

smoked grapes very nice, interesting amuse and followed by a trio of further amuses including a most mushroomy pipette.
some excellent bread
a scallop dish, perfectly cooked scallops, and rolls of the best i'm sure we were told parma ham , but given marc's spanish connections perhaps spanish, either way top stuff.
next foie gras with some very precisely julliened apple. proper grown up food.
finally a quail with the melt in the mouth legs.
desserts became a little of a blur at this point, we had supplemented the matched wines with a couple of bottles of 05 taupernot - merme (?) auxey - duresses which was superb, after deciding that the champagne wasn't really our market, at about £60 for the cheapest bottle.

Service all evening was attentive and spot on, in what must have been a stressful evening for gemma and her team.

so apologies for the lack of descriptions, marc's food remains worth a trip from anywhere in the UK and this just whetted our appetites for a return visit to the wirral. (if only bapi can overcome his fear of a night out afterwards in liverpool with thom and I - we both went to university there, we know where to go, he's scared, very scared.)

And it was good to meet you Emma!
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