My friend usually works around Orange County,
But due to her company project, she has to work in Calabasas for two weeks,
*Calabasas is on the north of Santa Monica, and it's about 1 hr and 30 mins away from her usual work site down in Orange County.
In order to make it up for her,
The company gave her two weeks hotel stay (for free) and meals compensation,
All that goodies also benefits her friend,
*Yes I got free food too!
So I picked this restaurant "Fraiche" in Culver City,
Which is not that far away from her recent work site.
A shot of their restaurant logo on the menu-
I've been trying to dine here for so long,
Last time I had to cancel my lunch reservation at Fraiche due to unexpected event,
*Ok...fine...I overslept that day!
A shot from the patio facing towards the restaurant-
Appetizer Boudin Noir-
"Marinated lentils, Dijon-creme fraiche."
You can also learn more about boudin on Wikipedia.
I love their Dijon-creme fraiche,
It adds an extra kick for this dish.
Sorry for the blurry picture,
It's really hard to hold my camera still when my stomach is rumbling at the same time.
The dish is composed with "spinach, white wine, potato puree, shallots."
I like the texture of monkfish,
It's chewier than sea bass and softer than salmon,
The sauce is a killer also,
Wish I can ask for more sauce and pour it all over my potato puree!
Pasta alla Chitarra?-
I can't remember the actual name here,
Argh, should have ask our waiter about it,
Since I mentioned it,
Our waiter was wonderful,
Overall service was great, only the hostess was "ok,"
She bumped into us without saying anything,
Lead us to the table, quickly put down the menu and left,
Without any greetings,
I dont' know about you, but I think it's unacceptable.
It was their special dessert of the night, wasn't on the menu,
And I was too excited for this dessert so I totally forgot its name..
So how was it?
Absolutely loved this sabayon,
The flavors just goes on and on,
For sure you'll notice that it's very creamy, moist, and fluffy,
Then all the sudden there's this hint of honey coming out from the mixture,
Scoop deeper then you'll find blackberries on the bottom,
Eat it together with the crunchy nut sticks,
(Again, I wish I ask the waiter for more details about those sticks!)
Man I was in heaven.
Cindy's Rating: 8!
As we walked out the restaurant-
Will definitely come back again!
Overall Rating: 7
9411 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232