Monday, June 29, 2009

So Fraiche and So Clean: Fraiche, Culver City

It sounds French, but a high percentage of the cuisine is rustic Italian cooked by diligent Mexicans in red bandannas, of course. Thanks to a fabulous event put on by my oenophile friend, Shelley, and her new company Vinovents, I was able to try a large smattering of Fraiche's top hits.
We started off with an amuse bouche of simple, yet bright bruschetta and a lovely glass of Picpoul de Pinet, a slightly acidic, yet refreshing white french wine.

Then carried on with arancini. They were the small, providing a better ratio of a gooey rice to crispy crust.
And then proceeded with my current crush: Farro Salad with cherry tomatoes, feta, cucumbers, mint and red onion. And a glass of Cotes Du Rhone, a smooth French white that seemed to be the spawn of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

And an earthly mushroom salad with large shavings of nutty parmesan and peppery arugula leafs. I could have stopped here and been a happy woman, but we Fraiche & Co continued to gorge us with the main events.

Then the talked about Monkfish "Francaise" that will make you want to put a scarf on and crab walk backwards to the nearest monastery. The monkfish layed on mounds of potato puree and sauteed spinach with white wine was consumed with a glass of a fruity french malbec.
I don't consider myself a meat eater, but I am a lover of lamb. I know, I know a walking contradiction. The rigatoni with lamb bolognese was superb and ultra rustic.
And the roasted chicken with sicilian capontata and aged balsamic was big hit, if you didn't have pet chickens (RIP Pecker!) growing up. I had just the caponata which was fun with bits of olives, pine nuts and raisins.

And the Torta Della Nona... eggy vanilla bean custard baked goodness with an obscure fortified wine called Pineau Des Charentes was perfect!

9411 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 839-6800


Diana said...

Isn't Fraiche amazing? I haven't had their farro salad yet, but I think that might be a must when I go back. Their beet salad is also pretty amazing. So glad you enjoyed the food! :)

Banana Wonder said...

It was incredible! Everything was delicious (except I didn't try the chicken). WOW. I still like the Farro salad better at Barbrix (they put more mint and jazz it up a bit more) but Fraiche's was pretty damn good.

Shelley said...

Yeah, that monk fish was AMAZING. Definitely want to go back and try their desserts off the regular menu, too! Have to go back and try that beet salad, too!