For those that have frequented Mount Eden’s renowned Frasers over the years you, like us, were probably disappointed when they shut down for refurbishment but have most likely been patiently waiting for them to reopen with high anticipation. We’re happy to announce: the wait is finally over. And, if we were able to hand out awards, this iconic eatery would walk away with the grand supreme award for most extreme makeover.
Housed in the old Cuckseys’ building, Frasers has transformed completely, showing off exposed brick walls, a grand marble counter, plush leather stools and dark wood throughout. The kitchen team and their offerings have had a makeover, too. At the helm is Bryan Mcgruer, formerly of Jervois Road Steak House and The Grill by Sean Connolly. Rest assured, he’s created a menu that is sure to please old locals and new visitors alike.
For the most important meal of the day you’ll find a selection of breakfast classics, all executed with finesse. Simple things like their toast offerings come with interesting accompaniments —like housemade jams in the form of banana and rum or blueberry bourbon. Get ‘the eggs you want’ and add seared salmon, belly bacon or hickory pork hock. The heirloom tomato dish is an outstanding option for vegetarians—beautiful slices of differently-shaped and coloured tomatoes paired with dill, muscatel dressing and a truffled mascarpone. Slather it over warm ciabatta and you’ll certainly be happy for the rest of the day. For those with a sweet tooth, the Nutella pancakes will more than suffice thanks to the raspberry gel, vanilla bean ice cream and hokey pokey. Or, for a take on the classic eggs bene, try their pork hock on potato gratin. Served with the usual wilted spinach and hollandaise, this rich dish is balanced out with the addition of julienned apple and dates.
Open for dinner and lunch too, these menus are just as alluring as the first. Beef tartare is served with English mustard parfait, blood orange, truffle powder and toasted ciabatta. Or if grazing is your forte try the Charcuterie of wagu besoala, cured pork jowl, duck parfait, dill pickle and parmesan cream. Salad options include the Viet with is a generous bowl filled to the brim with bean sprouts, mango, cucumber, carrot, chili, coriander and your choice of chicken, beef or smoked salmon and dressed with a sesame cashew nam jim. The duck salad is vibrant and fresh with seasonal additions of heirloom beets, orange textures, pomegranate and cress, the sweetness contrasting with the goats cheese parfait that it’s paired with. But, knowing where chef Mcgruer has come from, you’d be wise to choose the 16-hour scotch—cooked to perfection and served with french fries, cafe de paris, watercress and jus—a simple classic done incredibly well.
No matter what time of day you’re heading to this shiny new outpost, you’ll be more than happy with their offerings. Good coffee, a curated wine list (on its way), exceptional sweets and cheeses on offer, there’s no doubt the husband and wife duo Paul and Sandra… you guessed it… Fraser, have outdone themselves with their vision and execution of Frasers. It’s must-worthy of a visit, but be warned, the good people of Mount Eden have already cottoned on to the reopening, so tables are at a (justified) premium.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews