Fraiche Café & Bistro will always be a true love to my taste buds. It has been a journey of involvement and emotions ever since the first tasting session, to a pre-opening taste of the final dishes, and finally, the grand launch.
The owner, Yousef Barqawi, I’d say resonates as a true food enthusiast whose love for perfection is ever so evident and constant as you dine and discover in the French-Canadian inspired bistro.
My dose of lean-mean greens was catered by a strawberry feta cheese salad with leafy greens and toasted pine seeds – a mixture of a nutty yet fruity taste balanced by the smoothness of the feta.
Poutine of hand-cut fries and cheese curds were bathed in a delicious flavorsome gravy constituting the Canadian aspect of the bistro.
Cranberry aioli laced roast chicken sandwich was moist and lush to the taste. So good, that it even tasted better as lunch the next day as I luckily discovered. Sandwiches are plated with fresh greens and fries for a reasonable additional cost that makes up an appetizing hearty lunch as well.
The ox cheek pie, a forever favorite off the menu entails shreds of tender braised ox cheek and carrots that rests beneath a buttery mash crust – a must try!
The succulence of the twice cooked lamb was a revelation served with a generous ladle of gravy and a puff pastry to wipe that dish clean.
A special taste* of a lamb shank that gloriously sat placed above a mash and gravy decorated with green peas was cooked to perfection with the gravy being a staple flavor to the luscious meat.
A treat to the sweet tooth was satisfied by a flour-less spicy chocolate cake made with dark chocolat balanced with a helpful drizzle of dulce de leche while the apple crumble with its sizable portion was tart to the taste and well balanced with saccharine crumble, caramel syrup and a scoop of ice-cream.
If you ever crave simplicity yet a hearty flavorsome meal in a quaint setting, then a visit to Fraiche Café & Bistro will guide you in the right direction.
I hear ravishing reviews of the all you can eat Friday/Saturday breakfast served from 8am – 3pm priced at AED55 – value!.
Fraiche Café & Bistro
Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster Y, Swiss Tower
*The lamb shank will be introduced soon on the new menu.