My husband and I went to Fraiche for our special Christmas dinner. The restaurant is in West Vancouver with a view of the city. It was a clear night and the view was breathtaking. We were a little early for our reservation, but that was no problem and we were seated by the window at a nice table for two. The service was very nice from the moment we entered the restaurant.
We are foodies and were looking forward to trying many items on the menu. For appetizers we tried the Locally Foraged Chanterelle Mushroom Veloute, Qualicum Bay Scallop & Lobster Salad and the Pan seared Quebec Foie Gras The mushroom soup was delicious with a nice mixture of textures and flavours. The Scallop and Lobster Salad was nice and fresh. The foie gras however, was one of the highlights of the entire meal! It was the best foie gras we have ever had! Cooked to perfection and bursting with flavour!
On to the main courses... The Sous Chef recommended the Nicola Valley Venison Duo and the Roast Loin and Lasagne of Rabbit. We were also lucky enough to try an item not on the menu, pork belly with scallop and lentils. This was the first time we have tried rabbit, and we definitely enjoyed it. The loin that accompanied the rabbit lasagne was cooked to perfection and very juicy. The venison duo was delicious with wonderful red cabbage and green mashed potatoes. The venison was one of my husband’s favourite dishes as he loved the red cabbage. The pork belly was a great combination of flavours and again cooked to perfection. The presentation of all of the dishes was simple and very appealing to the eye. A good use of colours to make the plates look tasty!
At this point we were extremely full, but really wanted to try some dessert. Our server never rushed us and gave us time to digest before we shared another highlight of the dinner, the Warm Sticky Date Pudding. It was accompanied by a caramel sauce and vanilla gelato made in-house. We have tried many bread puddings and this was by far the best. There is nothing worse than a dry bread pudding, but this was moist and delicious!
I almost forgot to mention the bread. Everything at the restaurant is made from scratch including the bread. There were two types of bread, served warm and in bite size buns. So delicious we asked for an additional serving.
Overall the experience was one of our best dining experiences ever. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The view was breathtaking and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant was perfect for a nice romantic dinner. The food was beautiful on the plate with great flavours. The quality of the ingredients and the skill of the kitchen were present in every bite. We found ourselves looking forward to the next plate more and more as the night went on.
Will definitely visit again!