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In the plains of Culver City, Mediterranean-influenced restaurants multiply like prairie dogs. And Fraiche is another citadel of stripped brick and wooden floors, with an open kitchen, an ambitious wine list rich in Rhones, and women who wear interesting eyeglasses and eat blood sausage instead of tofu. There is a separate bar area where you can inhale giant portions of mussels and fries. But Fraiche is clearly a restaurant of love and obsession, from the meticulous plateaux de mer that rival the majestic displays of shellfish at Parisian brasseries to Travi's house-cured guanciale, and the careful juiciness of the Kurobuta pork chop with violet mustard. See full review.
The second iteration of Rustic Monday hits Fraiche on May 30th and features chef Jason Fulilove (Da Vinci, Desert Rose), who's preparing to open the Curious Palate at The Market in Santa Monica Place.... More »
In the new Culver City, where the creative arts are to the city’s job base what automobiles are to Detroit, Mediterranean-influenced restaurants multiply like limited-edition giclee prints, and there is probably not a garage or a warehouse... More »
Again we are in Culver City, where new, vaguely Mediterranean-influenced restaurants multiply like roly-poly bugs after a rain. And again, we are in the presence of stripped brick, an open kitchen, an ambitious wine list rich in Rhones, and women... More »
Executive chef Jason Travi has brought a foodie delight to the burgeoning restaurant scene in Culver City. Their French/Italian menu uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. I highly recommend the cheese and charcuterie, beet salad, oysters, steak frites, mushroom salad and rigatoni with lamb bolognese - but I've never tried anything bad here. The service is impeccable. If you want a more low-key bite, grab a seat in the bar where you can enjoy some of the items from the main restaurant menu as well as bistro faves like moules frites. There's easy parking in the city garage on Cardiff (go north on the block just west of the restaurant).
Dinner here is better than lunch. The food is good but seems heavy. When they first opened they had a white gazpacho that was to die for...haven't seen it since. The more interesting dishes seem to have fallen away in favor of the tried and true and heavy, Ah well - I'll still go when somebody suggests it. Otherwise you'll find me elsewhere.
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