There is seemingly no end to the culinary delights and cool hangouts than fill Hope Street,(http://www.thesphinx.co.uk/2013/11/theres-hope-for-the-future/) and Frederiks is the latest, must try addition. Whether you want a casual coffee and snacks or an evening meal and a few drinks, it’s likely Frederiks can cater for you – at very reasonable prices.
The New York style eatery takes the spot formally occupied by Korova, boasting a feature log fire place, central bar and plenty of tables set to the backdrop of the mellow tones of (among others) Nancy Sinatra. Upon arrival, we were offered drinks – draught lagers, bottled beers, wines and cocktails are all available alongside a range of soft drinks. Staff even go the extra mile and are willing to create a drink from a mix of your favourite flavours – when your favourite cocktail is a White Russian, however, you have to accept it is not mutually compatible with food. As a result, my friend and I were slightly more boring with our choices of Estrella and a glass of rose.
Frederiks’ encourages its customers to share several plates, which range from the sweetly savory pulled pork waffle stack with maple bourbon syrup and strawberry & cinnamon glazed babyback ribs to the more Italian American influenced pizzettas and cured meat and cheese selection.
My friend and I opted to sample the pretzel rolls, shoestring fries, the ‘Reuben’ salt beef and gruyere slider and a caprese pizzetta. The rolls were warm, doughly and delicious – my friend considers herself somewhat of a bread connoisseur and she gave them a firm seal of approval. The slider (an adorable mini sandwich) was one of the aforementioned pretzel rolls crammed with tasty salt beef, rocket and swiss cheese. Impressing anyone of Italian heritage with any form of pizza style dish is a challenge – but even with my cultural snobbery I have to admit the pizzetta was lovely, made with flavoursome fresh tomatoes and pungent basil with a crispy thin base. The shoestring fries were the perfect addition and I’d recommend them even if you were just popping in for a drink: a generous portion of perfectly seasoned skinny chips.
Although we were recommended the (admittedly delicious sounding) Lemon Pousset as a light dessert to compliment our mains, we decided to opt to share a chunk of the New York Cheesecake instead. This was definitely a good decision, and I actually suspect it would also go extremely well with a coffee during a gap in teaching hours (I would be willing to test this).
Great food, great service, great prices – and right next to University. There really isn’t any reason not to pay Frederiks a visit this term.
Frederiks, 32, Hope Street, L1 9AX, Liverpool
Opening: Mon – Sun 10:00 – 02:00
Telephone: 0151 708 9574