France and Italy are stuck together by a great big linguini slathered in béchamel sauce. Try a taste of the Old World with today's Groupon. For $25, you get $55 worth of rustic French and Italian fare from Fraiche. This Groupon is good for either the Santa Monica or Culver City location. Reservations are required.
Start a romantic evening with a Dungeness crab cake with aioli, caper, lemon, and coleslaw ($15) and a bowl of the soup of the day ($10). Eye entrees like the soft and succulent roasted half chicken with fingerling potatoes, haricots verts, mixed wild mushrooms, and pearl onions ($24) and the braised short ribs with polenta, Swiss chard, and salsa verde ($25). Complete the circle of life by burying your fork in a slice of key lime pie with guava puree and mango sorbet ($10) or the chocolate chocolate chocolate trio ($16), whose richness is so deadly it was, until recently, banned by nonproliferation treaties. If you've recently cycled through Fraiche and think you've tasted it all, try the new lunch menu. The chopped salad with Italian cured meats, tomato, provolone, and chick peas ($13) and the Moroccan lamb sausage sandwich with harissa aioli ($13) offer just the right noontime spice-kick to erase your morning malaise.
Like many remote Italian villages, Fraiche features an Arcadian ambience of exposed stone and terra cotta and a bar fully stocked with lively conversation, luxe liqueur, and a brand-new spring cocktail list. Get punchy with a gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh basil, and thyme concocton ($14), or sprout seedlings from your tongue with the lively green hornet, mixed with rum, mint, basil, ginger, cucumber, lime, and ginger beer ($12).
This Groupon is not valid towards happy hour.
Fraiche's Culver City location made New York Times critic Frank Bruni's list of best new restaurants coast to coast in 2008. The newer Santa Monica location is also pleasing diners—OpenTable reviewers give Fraiche 3.8 stars, and both Citysearchers and Yelpers give it 3.5:
- Fraîche isn’t about pyrotechnics or lavish indulgences. It’s about abundantly flavorful food cooked with skill and sense and presented at restrained prices. – Frank Bruni, New York Times
- My second dining at Fraiche, first time at dinner and this time for lunch. GREAT!!!! The Pizza, ah...the scones, the salads, the desserts...all prepared beautifully, and the taste, just so right!! – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 4/19/2010
- Signature cocktails, oysters, and the steak tartare stand out among the highlights. We will be back soon. – Magzilla, Citysearch