When Sparrow Eating House suddenly closed its doors earlier this year, the Nobby Beach food scene lost a good one. While any eatery opening up in its place would have big shoes to fill, we think Frederick's might just be it. The swanky restaurant and wine bar comes to us care of chef Jayden Barker and his father Andrew, the duo behind Nero Dining Room in Broadbeach.
While the dining scene in Nobbys is packed with gems like Bine, Hellenika, Cambus Wallace and Gemellini, for those looking for a slightly quieter, more refined get-together this new addition is for you.
The 70-seat space is airy yet intimate, with polished concrete floors, a plush banquette setting, rose gold accents, moody pendant lights, thoughtful hanging greenery and a chic copper bar. Perhaps the best part, however, is the wine wall that boasts their extensive collection of tipples.
Those looking for a quick cocktail and a few snacks can pull up a chair at the bar and chat with bartender-slash-magician, Sam, while for bigger groups there’s a selection of high tables. If you’re after a longer, boozy lunch or dinner (an excellent choice) sink into one the corner booths finished with blonde timber tables.
The menu at Frederick's, which is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, is a mix of modern Australian with touches of Asian influence. For brekky there’s mi goreng with fried chicken and a poached egg and local sand crab omelette with fermented chili. But our favourites have to be the tartine of roasted pumpkin, goat curd and preserved lemon on Burleigh Baker sourdough, and the savoury French toast with roasted local mushrooms and mustard flowers.
Frederick's is also hosting a bottomless four-course brunch once a month for $75. Choose between an 11am or 2pm seating and enjoy a specially created menu paired with unlimited mimosas, prosecco and tap beer (that’s Young Henrys and Black Hops for the win) alongside live music all afternoon.
Frederick's opens for dinner from Thursday to Saturday from 5pm. Start with a charcuterie board (think buffalo milk blue with honeycomb and wagyu bresaola with pickled black garlic) then move onto something heartier like melt-in-your-mouth roasted mackerel with buttermilk, dill and fennel. Other winners include a roasted half chicken Portuguese style with smoked yoghurt and flat bread, and the confit duck leg with roasted grapes and radicchio.
But if you really want to push the boat out opt for their three or five-course set chef’s menu. The dishes on offer will be ever-changing to reflect the best seasonal produce on the market. Sashimi of Crystal Bay prawns, roast tomato oil and pepperberry to start, followed by pressed lamb shoulder with pumpkin and stinging nettle are just a flutter of what to expect.
Regardless of what dining option you choose, you need to leave room to sample their extensive drinks list. With a whopping 25 wines by the glass, there’s also a myriad of bottles to purchase featuring a mix of local and international vinos. Cocktail wise the 12 on offer will be constantly changing but for now we love the Earth Beneath Us with gin, luxardo maraschino cherry, green chartreuse and burnt rosemary. The cocktails can also be paired with the chef’s menu, making for a truly indulgent night.
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Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for The Urban List