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Are You Getting Fraiche With Me?

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With a name like Fraiche, (um, “fresh” in French), I was kinda expecting some “fresh” new flavours, a psychedelic mouth adventure where few palates have gone before, where even an Iron Chef could learn a thing or two… well, I exaggerate. Let’s just say, my expectations were up there. And while it wasn’t quite as wild as I had hoped, there were still a number of plates that left my taste buds tingling.

Fraiche is the latest addition to downtown Culver City’s restaurant renaissance. It’s beautiful inside, with decadently high ceilings, exposed brick walls and surprisingly, not as many tables as it could fit in there, which I LOVE. The space is split up into the restaurant and the bar, with comfy couches and heat lamps outside. Service was a little slow at the beginning, (it took forever to get our appetizers) but I think they were more overwhelmed than unconcerned, given that they’ve only been open a week or so.

To the food. First up, the appetizer I was most looking forward to, the one you see above: the Beef Tartare with Bacon Sabayon. The beef itself was perfectly tender, delicate pink, with a delicious smoky aftertaste, sort of like a gourmet bacon cheeseburger (minus the cheese). It’s paired with a small arugula salad, so this is the perfect little bite to go with your glass of wine when you’re out with the girls and trying to appear delicate, while you’re secretly ravenous. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.

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The best dish of the night after the jump…